A new vein graft strengthening device, the eSVS Mesh, offers improved outcomes for coronary artery bypass graft patients.

The eSVS Mesh is designed to complement normal coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures by strengthening saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) and reducing internal thickening of the vein.

First the vein is measured, and the eSVS Mesh is sized to support the vein. The mesh is then fitted like a sleeve on the outside of the SVG. The mesh itself is manufactured from nitinol wire, which gives it considerable strength, while remaining highly flexible and kink-resistant.

By strengthening the SVG and preventing the damaging expansion of the vein graft, the eSVS Mesh reduces or prevents the resulting injury which can lead to SVG failure, and potentially costly and complicated re-interventions for CABG patients. Angiograms performed six months after the procedure have shown a significant lessening in the internal thickening of the vein.

Mr Antony De Souza, cardiac surgeon, said, “The eSVS Mesh is very easy to use and complements our normal CABG procedures. I’m hopeful this new device will give us an advantage in improving outcomes for thousands of patients suffering from coronary artery disease.”

Royal Brompton Hospital is currently one of the few centres in the world to offer the eSVS Mesh. For more information, please contact our private patients team.


Mr Antony De Souza

Consultant cardiac surgeon

Mr De Souza is a leading specialist with a busy practice in all aspects of cardiac surgery. His major interest lies in innovative techniques for minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and he successfully performed the first robotic endoscopic CABG in UK. Mr De Souza lectures and mentors internationally on techniques of minimally invasive and Kips Bay Medical’s robotic surgery.