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Benefits and risks
Generally, they showed the following benefits with keyhole saphenous vein harvesting:
less leg pain than with the 'open' technique.
Overall, in terms of death in the medium term, the need for repeated grafting and heart attacks, the results were very similar whether the 'open' or keyhole technique was used for vein graft harvest.
The studies showed that the risks of keyhole saphenous vein harvesting included:
leg wound infections, but fewer than with the 'open' technique
wound complications that needed further treatment, but less frequently than with the 'open' technique
rarely, problems caused by large bubbles of carbon dioxide in the body, which all resolved with treatment.
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