Current role of saphenous vein graft in coronary artery bypass grafting

Sajjad Raza, Carolyn Chang, Salil Vasudeo Deo, Joseph Frank Sabik

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Saphenous vein was the conduit used in the first series of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and, with the exception of surgical revascularization of the left anterior descending artery, it remains the most commonly used bypass conduit. However, its durability and longevity are not ideal. Arterial grafts have better patency than saphenous vein grafts and therefore should be preferred over them. However, in certain situations, like grafting right coronary arteries with lesser degree of proximal stenosis and higher competitive flow, or in certain patient populations, like those at very high risk of wound infections and octogenarians, arterial grafting may not be the best option and saphenous vein grafting should be considered instead.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Coronary surgery
  • Saphenous vein grafts
  • Surgical revascularization


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