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Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting: Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What are the patient benefits of EVH over the conventional open vein harvesting procedure?
Air Date: 10/8/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Scot C. Schultz, MD
Scot C. Schultz Scot C. Schultz is board certified in Thoracic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Schultz received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, FL. He completed a General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship at Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Schultz is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the distinction as a US News Top Doctor in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery by his peers, America's Top Surgeons, and the Compassionate Doctor by his patients. Dr. Schultz's areas of expertise include Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery, Heart Valve Repair and Replacement, Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, and Lung Cancer Surgery.
Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting: Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open Heart Surgery
Most Americans are familiar with the concept of open heart surgery, but very little is known about the procedures and prep work needed beforehand.

With a vast number of Americans getting this surgery every year, it's becoming more and more important to understand everything about a life-saving procedure, Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting, or EVH.

This is an essential step performed right before open-heart surgery where your healthy blood vessels are taken from other parts of your body, then used to bypass the blockage in your heart. EVH is performed using a minimally invasive technique and has become increasingly popular.

What are the patient benefits of EVH over the conventional open vein harvesting procedure?

Scot C. Schultz, MD, discusses EVH and if you should consider this procedure over an open heart surgery.

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