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A Tradition of Innovation

Saphena Medical

Medical device Innovation is driven by developing disruptive technologies that create new ways of performing old procedures. 1995 our founders, Dr. Albert Chin and Mike Glennon created an innovative new procedure, know today as Endoscopic Vein Harvesting. EVH became one of the most important milestones within CABG surgery over the last 2 decades.

In 2013 we again transformed the industry with the introduction of the first generation of Venapax, a unitary family of EVH devices that allow a user to dissect, ligate and extract the vein with a singular instrument.

Today, thanks to the feedback and partnership of harvesters and hospital systems across the nation, Saphena Medical has re-imagined how EVH is performed. The next generation of Venapax allows for simplified radial artery or saphenous vein harvesting with a shortened learning curve and a drastically reduced overall EVH disposable cost.


  • This is a true minimal-touch instrument. The integrated design allows for simultaneous dissection and ligation of the branches as you move down the tunnel.
    – Michael Sullivan PA-C
  • “The quality of the vein is more pristine with fewer avulsions and fewer thermal burns as compared to the other systems we have trialed.”
    – Dr. Scott Schubach, Chairman of Cardiac Surgery, NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • "Venapax is producing the highest quality conduit I’ve seen in my years of cardiothoracic surgery. It reduces venous compression and traction, resulting in less endothelial damage, therefore enhancing graft patency. "
    – Aaron Amburgey PA-C
  • "I have been very happy with the quality of the veins that our first assistants have been able to harvest with Saphena’s device. It provides us with a quality vein comparable to what we used to see with open vein harvesting.”
    – Geoffrey R Cousins, MD, Cardiac Surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV.
  • “Since we first began using the simplified method of vein harvesting with Venapax, I have noticed a significant decrease in the learning curve of our new and inexperienced vein harvesters. "
    – Dr. Scott Schubach, Chairman of Cardiac Surgery, NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • "Since learning to use the Saphena Venapax system, my vein quality is consistently better than with any other device I have used in the last 20 years. "
    – Matt Petrides PA, Manager, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • "The ability to dissect with minimal distortion of the vein while providing long branches decreases the risk of unseen intimal damage. I have observed excellent vein quality and no leg wound issues with the use of Venapax.”
    – Dr. Steven A Leyland
  • “We have been able to compare Venapax to the other devices and have found less trauma to the vein during harvesting. I have seen less bleeding during harvesting as evidenced by less bruising or hematoma formation post-operatively. I am very happy with this system and prefer it for all of my patients requiring EVH."
    – Nepal C Chowdhury, MD, Cardiac Surgeon St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV
  • "The more cases I do the better the vein graft looks. I never have to repair anything, just tie branches."
    – Eric Ping, ACNP


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