No-touch saphenous vein graft harvesting technique for coronary artery bypass grafting

Yu Inaba, Masataka Yamazaki, Masatoshi Ohono, Kentaro Yamashita, Hiroaki Izumida, Kanako Hayashi, Tatsuo Takahashi, Naritaka Kimura, Tsutomu Ito, Hideyuki Shimizu

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Objectives: Although the patency of internal artery grafts in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is superior to that of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs), good long-term patency rates have been reported with SVGs harvested using the no-touch technique. Here, we report the early results of CABG with no-touch SVGs (NT-SVGs) along with the precautions required while handling these grafts. Methods: This retrospective study included 41 patients who underwent CABG with NT-SVGs between May 2016 and March 2018. NT-SVGs were harvested with minimal electric scalpel use, and post-harvesting vascular overdilation with a syringe was not performed. Blood with heparinized saline was used to prevent vascular endothelial damage. A drain was inserted into the SVG harvest site, which was closed with a single interrupted suture, and elasticated bandage and compression stockings were used to prevent fluid retention and avoid delayed wound healing. Results: There was no case of postoperative thoracotomy due to bleeding or myocardial infarction, and postoperative graft assessment confirmed graft patency in all patients, with a little mismatch between the diameters of SVG and the anastomotic vessel. Delayed wound healing at the graft harvest site seemed to improve after introducing the above procedures. Conclusions: Early results of CABG with NT-SVGs were good. Some precautions must be taken during harvesting and anastomosis. Taking precautions described in this study may help reduce the risk of perioperative complications and make the no-touch technique the standard procedure for harvesting SVGs for CABG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-253
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 1


  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • No-touch technique
  • Saphenous vein graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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