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Stanford Researchers Join Blood Vessels With Adhesive

A team headed by Geoffrey Gurtner has developed a way of joining severed blood vessels without stitching them together with sutures.

“Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique.

Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.

In animal studies, a team led by Stanford microsurgeon Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, used a poloxamer gel and bioadhesive rather than a needle and thread to join together blood vessels, a procedure called vascular anastomosis.

Results of the research were published online Aug. 28 in Nature Medicine. Lead authors of the study were postdoctoral scholar Edward Chang, MD, and surgery resident Michael Galvez, MD.”

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