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Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH)

FUNDED - With support from We Care giving circle members, St. Mary’s purchased new Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) equipment for the Regional Cardiac Care Centre.

Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) - St. Mary's General Hospital
A surgical technique, Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) is used in conjunction with bypass surgeries for patients with coronary artery disease. Typically, the operating room would see at least four patients a day requiring the use of the EVH, making this a vital piece of equipment for the hospital.

The EVH equipment uses small incisions (only about three inches long) and minimally invasive instruments to internally view, cut, and seal side branches and remove the healthy blood vessel with minimal trauma to the vessel or surrounding tissues.

Clinical studies have shown that EVH helps reduce risk of infection and wound complication, lessen pain and swelling, and lead to faster recovery with minimal scarring. Patients can get back on their feet, return to normal mobility and begin their cardiac rehabilitation program sooner.

The annual contributions by We Care members made it possible for St. Mary’s to purchase the EVH equipment, the consoles and monitors required to track images and data, and the proper storage containers.

Total Cost: $133,000

Thank you to We Care for investing in this new innovation.


We Care - St. Mary's General Hospital

We Care brings together like-minded men who, together, will make a real impact on the health of Waterloo Region through ongoing investment in St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.

This men’s collective provides a unique opportunity for members to pool their annual contributions, directing funds to the cardiac program equipment that's most vital to healthcare, locally. Throughout the year, We Care meets socially to welcome new members and discuss the latest information available to direct their investment.



Donate now to support priority equipment needs like this. Your donation will be invested in that which is most urgently required to provide effective patient care.