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Saphenous vein harvest wound complications: risk factors, identification, prevention, and management

Authors Siddiqi MS

Received 2 May 2016

Accepted for publication 17 October 2016

Published 14 November 2016 Volume 2016:3 Pages 147—156

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CWCMR.S82601

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Romanelli


Mohammad Salman Siddiqi

Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Department of Surgery, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman

Abstract: Coronary artery bypass grafting is a commonly performed surgery worldwide that gives good results. Great saphenous vein is used as a conduit for bypass in over 95% cases. The harvesting technique has remained unchanged over the years. However, wound complications from harvesting the great saphenous vein by open method can be a major source of postoperative morbidity. With the objective of preventing major complications, identification of risk factors for saphenous vein harvest site infection is important. It is imperative to develop approaches that prevent infection and to allow for early recognition of patients who are at high risk and who may need more watchful monitoring so as to prevent development of wound complications. It is desirable to assess the patient completely, delineate the anatomy of peripheral vessels particularly in a patient with associated peripheral vascular disease, identify the best site to perform the saphenous vein harvest incision, employ a meticulous surgical technique, recognize complications early, and start the recommended treatment without delay. The aim of this paper is to identify the risk factors for saphenous vein harvest site complications and their identification, prevention, and management.

Keywords: saphenous vein harvest, wound complication, coronary artery bypass grafting, risk factors, surgical site infection, endo vein harvesting

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