Does harvesting of an internal thoracic artery with an ultrasonic scalpel have an effect on sternal perfusion?


Pektok E., Cikirikcioglu M., Engin C., Daglioz G. , Ozcan Z., Posacioglu H.

JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, vol.134, no.2, pp.442-447, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 134 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2007.01.079
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.442-447

Abstract

Objectives: Despite many animal and clinical studies to date, there is still debate on the effect of internal thoracic artery harvesting on postoperative sternal perfusion and thus healing. We performed a prospective clinical study to assess the postoperative sternal perfusion in patients who underwent surgical coronary revascularization by means of unilateral internal thoracic artery harvesting and to evaluate the effect of 2 harvesting methods, namely electrocautery and use of an ultrasonic scalpel.