Endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH)

Endoscopic vessel harvesting, or EVH, is a key procedure in modern coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Recent advances in technology have made it possible to perform vessel harvesting in a way that causes less pain, less scarring, less infection, and leads to a faster recovery.

EVH vs traditional vessel harvesting

Rather than make a large incision in the leg or arm of a patient, surgeons can now make a small incision in the patient’s leg or patient’s arm to obtain the vessel needed to perform the CABG surgery.


Because this new technique results in less muscle and tissue damage, it can eliminate many of the complications associated with traditional vessel harvesting techniques—and potentially offer significant benefits to you as a patient.

How Endoscopic Vein Harvesting is performed

An endoscope, a special instrument used to view inside the body, is connected to a video camera and inserted through a small incision in the leg. The endoscope is used to view the saphenous vein inside the leg and allows the surgeon to remove the vein with minimal stress to the leg.

Endoscopic Radial Artery Harvesting (ERAH)

Today, surgeons can choose to remove the radial artery from the patient’s forearm using a minimally invasive technique rather than creating a long incision.

ERAH compare