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Introduction to Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting

Build your skills on a strong foundation
Eligible for up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

START OFF STRONG: Accelerate your EVH journey

Simply learning the steps of the endoscopic vein harvesting procedure isn’t enough to be a great harvester.  We need to understand the history of the procedure, the importance of conduit quality, and WHY the steps need to happen as well as a detailed understanding of the procedure, troubleshooting, and follow up issues.  All this and more makes up Introduction to EVH!

Each Intro to EVH course includes 1 year unlimited access to video modules (over 4.5 hours of EVH content!) covering:

History & Background EVH Information

  • History of bypass grafting and saphenous vein use as conduit
  • Invention of endoscopic vessel harvesting and common EVH terminology
  • Importance of conduit quality
  • Scopes currently on the market
  • Maquet (Getinge) vs. Terumo vs. Saphena

Preoperative Considerations & Preparation

  • Detailed anatomy of the lower extremity, origin and termination of the greater saphenous veins and tributaries
  • Preoperative evaluation: important history elements and diagnostic testing
  • Optimal scope settings
  • Patient positioning in the OR

Steps of the EVH Procedure

  • Procedure overview and things to consider when making incision
  • Getting started with dissection & using CO2 insufflation
  • Scope dissection: overview, demonstration, live case discussion
  • Harvest: working scope up the tunnel, demonstration, stab & grab, live case discussion
  • Common intraoperative obstacles
  • Wound irrigation, closure, and vein preparation

Common Mistakes and Next Steps

  • Common mistakes of new harvesters: Dissection parts 1 & 2
  • Common mistakes of new harvesters: Harvesting parts 1 & 2
  • Next steps for new harvesters
  • Adopting and EVH program & transitioning to EVH from open harvesting
  • PDF copies of slides & further resources
  • Pretest, posttest, and course survey (for CME credit)

Intro to EVH includes discussion, demonstration, and case video with all 3 major scopes (Hemopro, Venapax, and VirtuoSaph+) and is a perfect course for beginners, students, or current harvesters wishing to re-learn the fundamentals of EVH or transition from an open to an endoscopic technique


Investing in your harvesting education will only improve your understanding of the procedure and enhance your EVH skills.  If you’re not completely satisfied with the content of our courses, we’ll refund 100% of your course fee*.

*Some restrictions apply.  See RETURN POLICY for further details.

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Introduction to EVH vein demo closeup

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Nebraska Medical Center and Enlighten Medical Media, LLC.  University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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