ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An arterial and venous graft holder for coronary artery bypass grafting
Hüseyin Okutan
Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Isparta
A new arterial and venous graft holder is designed for use during proximal and distal anastomosis in coronary artery bypass grafting. The device consists of a flexible arm and a handler. The handler is composed of three parts: a T-shaped body, an atraumatic clip for holding the graft, and a coronary probe attached with an adjustable fixation screw to the body. While the handler can easily be used by another surgeon, it can also be attached to the flexible arm. It facilitates opening the heel of the graft and making the most difficult stitches of the anastomosis. This new instrument provides an excellent exposure and a more comfortable anastomosis.
Keywords : Anastomosis, surgical/instrumentation; coronary artery bypass/instrumentation; equipment design; surgical instruments.
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