Department of Surgery News Archive

New Clinical Practice Guidelines Recommend Use of Arteries Rather than Veins in Heart Bypass Surgery

Arterial grafts appear to offer improved outcomes over venous grafts in certain patients Chicago (December 8, 2015) – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend expanding the use of arteries from the chest and forearm rather than using veins from the leg when performing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)…

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Liver is gift of friendship and a Pacific Northwest first

Next-door neighbors and longtime pals now can claim a uniquely shared life experience: transplantation Outside of Operating Room 12 at UW Medical Center, the surgical nurse is entering information about Jaime McClanahan Cuzick. She asks a visitor, “What is her relation to the recipient?” “Her friend.” A quick double take, then a smile.  That’s a…

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