Advantages of a modified gastroscope for video-assisted internal mammary artery harvesting

Ann Thorac Surg. 1999 Mar;67(3):872-3. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(99)00078-8.


Instead of standard rigid thoracoscopes, we used a modified gastroscope for video assistance during 12 minimally invasive left internal mammary harvesting. Flexibility and remote control of its last centimeters give to the gastroscope a total freedom of movements, and perfect positioning in every direction. The scope is equipped with cold light, a suction canal and an irrigation canal, which allow for in situ washing without needing to remove it from the thoracic cavity. Thanks to these advantages, vision and lighting are always perfect.

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopes*
  • Gastroscopes*
  • Humans
  • Mammary Arteries / transplantation*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Myocardial Revascularization / instrumentation*
  • Myocardial Revascularization / methods
  • Video Recording / methods*