Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (대한흉부외과학회지), Vol.34(6) : 499~501, 2001
Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (대한흉부외과학회지)
In the 1970s, the radial artery was proposed as a coronary artery bypass graft but then was abandoned due to graft occlusion secondary to spasm during harvesting. Development of new pharmacologic antispasmodic agents and minimal traumatic harvesting techniques has led to the revival of the use of the radial artery in coronary artery bypass procedures. Harmonic Scalpel(Ultracision Inc, Smithfield, Rl) offers the surgeon the ability to perform less traumatic, spasm free, and rapid radial artery harvesting.