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Internal Mammary Artery Harvest: Two Techniques with Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Spindel S, Giraldo-Grueso M, Bedi R. Internal Mammary Artery Harvest: Two Techniques with Tips and Tricks. May 2023. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.23189201

This video describes the pedicle and skeletonization techniques for internal mammary artery harvest. Tips and tricks are discussed, as well as how to increase mammary length.


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Good video, thank you for posting for the benefit of junior trainees. Can I please suggest change in terminology though. While it is common to call it pedicled, the correct term should in fact be 'non-skeletonised' (against skeletonised). 'Pedicled' version (meaning attached to its origin) is the opposite of 'free' (where it's divided.proximally as well). Additionally, the more accurate anatomical terminology is 'internal thoracic artery' (and not internal mammary artery). Best wishes

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