Vein harvesting involves taking a vein from the leg and using it as a bypass graft for the narrowed coronary artery. Conventionally, this vein was harvested from the leg and thigh using long cuts along its course. These cuts often left unsightly scars. In the mid-nineties, endoscopic techniques, using video cameras, were introduced into practice, to ensure that vein harvesting was made less invasive. Endoscopic Vein Harvesting usually involves making two to three 1-2 cm incisions to remove the vein from the leg and thigh. This technique has proven to be as effective as the conventional approach, but with better cosmetic appearance and fewer complications when carried out by experienced hands. We have a team of surgical care practitioners who are well-trained in this technique, lead by the highly-experienced Mr Aliar.
Mr Afsar Aliar - Surgical Assistant
BSc (Surgical Assistance), HNDip (Cardio Thoracic Surgery Assistance)
Specific Cardiovascular Interests
Endoscopic Vein Harvesting, Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG), Type A Aortic Dissections and Thoracoabdominal Surgery.
Afsar Aliar graduated as a Surgical Assistant in 2009 from Greenwich University, London. He then passed his National Diploma examination for Cardiothoracic Surgical Assistants in 2009 and was awarded a distinction by the Royal College of England and the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS).
After completing his Diploma in 2009, he joined the Central Manchester University Hospitals (CMFT) as a surgical assistant. The next year, he trained in Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH) for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) procedures at the Munich Heart Centre in Germany.
He is the most experienced Endoscopic Vein Harvesting practitioner in the country and has performed more than 500 EVH vein harvestings with incisions of less than 2 centimetres. He has harvested more than 2000 conduits including long Saphenous Vein Grafts (SVG), radial arteries and Short Saphenous Veins (SSV).
|He is also an EVH proctor and has trained more than 10 people in the UK and internationally in this minimally invasive technique.
Secretary: Elaine Daly
Phone: 0161 276 8907