Clinical Benefits of EVH

Fortunately, today’s less invasive surgical techniques mean that your recovery may be easier and faster than was possible in the past.

As you return to your daily routine, you may find that you feel better than you have in a long time! This is because your heart is getting all the blood it needs and is able to do its job better and easier.

Faster, safer recovery

A healthy blood supply keeps your muscles, organs, and even your mind working at their best—and a healthy heart is what makes this possible. The health benefits of having a heart bypass surgery that uses EVH technique really becomes apparent with a faster, safer recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

Benefits of EVH

These new procedures generally result in less tissue damage and therefore, may reduce the surgical trauma to the patient, as well as reduce wound infections1,2 and wound healing complications1,3,4.

In clinical studies, some important benefits have been shown in EVH + ERAH, including:

  • Significantly less risk of infection and wound complications
  • Less pain and swelling5
  • Less tissue scarring
  • Faster recovery with minimal scarring
  • Greater patient satisfaction

In most cases, the small incision approach can be used successfully. However, every surgical patient is unique, and your doctor will recommend the best procedure for you.

Standard of care

EVH is now considered the standard of care in the United State and more than 1 million patients worldwide have already experienced the benefits of this minimally invasive technology. It is the preferred option for most patients. However, since each person is unique, you should discuss your choices with your doctor. You will receive recommendations for the procedure that is right for you.

You should consider an EVH procedure if:

  • You want a faster way to return to your normal activities
  • You would prefer to have smaller scars
  • You are at a higher risk for wound infections

Reduce your risk

Remember that your surgery may have fixed one set of problems—but your new bypass grafts are just as susceptible to developing plaque build-up. You can improve your chances of a longer, healthier life by making some simple changes that can reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

These steps include:

  • Quit smoking
  • Decrease high blood pressure
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Control high cholesterol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight

For more information on coronary artery bypass surgery and endoscopic vessel harvesting, or questions you may have about your treatment, please contact your physician.

 

References

  1. Bitondo JM, Dagett WM. Endoscopic vs. Open Saphenous Vein Harvest: A Comparison of Post-Operative Wound Complications. Ann Thoracic Surg. 2002;73(2):523-528.
  2. Carpino PA, et al. Clinical benefits of endoscopic vein harvesting in patients with high risk factors for saphenectomy wound infections undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2000;119(1):69-76.
  3. Crouch JD, et al. Open versus endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting: Wound complications and vein quality. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999;68(4):1513-1516.
  4. Allen KB, et al. Risk factors for leg wound complications following endoscopic versus traditional saphenous vein harvesting. Heart Surg Forum. 2000;3(4):325-330.
  5. Davis Z, et al. Endoscopic vein harvest for coronary artery bypass grafting: technique and outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1998;116(2):228-235.