PMID: 107877Jan 1, 1979

Technical development in aortocoronary bypass: multiple outlet saphenous vein graft

Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux
J P CacheraJ J Galey


The technique of multiple outlet saphenous vein grafting with one or several alternating lateral anastamoses was used in 43 patients over a one year period; over half the patients had triple vessel disease, one third had double vessel disease; a total of 128 coronary arteries were revascularised 2.9 arteries per patient, with 60 side to side anastamoses, 1.4 per patient. The technique of this type of bypass necessitates paying particular attention to avoid kinking or twisting of the graft. The blood flow through multiple outlet graft is on average significantly greater than in the classical types of graft, and is one of the main points in favour of this technique and in keeping the graft permeable in the long term. The short term results of this technique are good with a hospital mortality of 4.6% and a peri-operational infarction rate of 6.9%, figures which are comparable with the results of classical bypass grafting techniques in multivessel coronary artery disease.

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