MAQUET Cardiovascular announced the launch of its VASOVIEW HEMOPRO 2 Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) System, which utilizes next-generation HEMOPRO cut-and-seal technology to reduce thermal spread and to achieve optimal conduit quality for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients. The minimally invasive system is an example of MAQUET Cardiovascular’s commitment to EVH.
“I expect VASOVIEW HEMOPRO 2 to lead the way in redefining best practices for EVH,” said Valavanur Subramanian, Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York. “Surgeons across the United States will welcome this innovative EVH product in their practices as it offers important new features such as zero thermal spread that can help improve cardiac surgery outcomes.”
After recently trying this new product with a number of CABG patients, Keith Causey, Chief Physician Assistant from Emory Healthcare, agrees. “My objective as a harvester is to provide the best conduit quality possible for long-term graft patency and clinical success. The improvements to this HEMOPRO 2 system made my vessel harvesting experience better and I am thoroughly convinced it represents a new gold standard in both saphenous vein and radial artery harvesting. I appreciate the spot cautery feature and am especially impressed by the superior sealing capability. This new EVH system is a victory for patients”.
During EVH, a healthy blood vessel, such as the saphenous vein, from the leg, or the radial artery, from the arm, is removed through a small incision, for use during CABG surgery to bypass a blockage in the heart. EVH has been shown to reduce postoperative pain, recovery time, infection rates and scarring and allow patients to walk sooner and recover more quickly than with conventional open vein harvesting surgery. Since the first system for EVH was launched in 1997, more than 1 million procedures have been performed.
The newly designed HEMOPRO 2 is set to make further progress in the field of cardiovascular surgery, with new features such as a unique insulated area, providing the main conduit maximum protection during side branch dissection. They also feature an enhanced edge for spot cautery to provide a clearer working tunnel and extended cutting capability to allow cutting even from within the innermost corner of the tool.