Technology | March 08, 2011

Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System Launched in United States

March 8, 2011 – A new endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH) has been launched in the United States. The Vasoview 6 Pro, by Maquet Cardiovascular, offers streamlined controls, improved functionality and simplified operation to support positive outcomes in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The system has improved ergonomics and delivers a higher level of performance than the previous version. These updates may help reduce procedure time and shorten the learning curve for vessel harvesting, thereby optimizing patient outcomes. Additionally, each system includes Maquet's Vasoshield Pressure Controlling Syringe, which allows clinicians to adjust and limit pressure in controlled increments when preparing a vessel for grafting during coronary artery bypass procedures. Protection from overdistension helps optimize conduit quality by protecting harvested vessels. Uncontrolled, high distension pressure has been shown to injure the vessel's endothelium, potentially affecting long-term graft patency. "We are impressed with the Vasoview 6 Pro technological improvements and look forward to being able to use the system in our practice," said Christopher K. McCarley, PA-C, a chief physician assistant of cardiothoracic surgery from Tupelo, Miss. "It is very convenient that the Vasoshield Pressure Controlling Syringe is included, because we believe the extra protection it affords against over distension of the conduit is an important factor in successful patient outcomes." In EVH, a healthy blood vessel, such as the saphenous vein from the leg or the radial artery from the arm, is removed through a small incision for use during CABG surgery to bypass a blockage in the heart. Open vein harvesting requires a lengthy incision that is often extremely painful and prone to healing complications. EVH offers several patient benefits, including faster healing, less postoperative pain and scarring, and reduced risk of wound complications, such as infection. These well-established benefits have resulted in EVH becoming the standard of care in the United States, with 80 percent of all CABG surgeries utilizing this technique. For more information: www.maquet.com

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