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.