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June 1979

Introduction to the Vascular Symposium: The Society for Vascular Surgery–The International Vascular Society

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Arch Surg. 1979;114(6):665-668. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370300019002

The Symposium on Vascular Grafts contains reports taken from The Society for Vascular Surgery and The International Cardiovascular Society meeting held in 1978. They have been assembled to provide an overview of the state of the art of vascular prostheses, including where we presently stand and where the future of prosthetic development and study lies, with particular regard to potential research areas.

At the outset, we would like to emphasize that the following symposium is not all-inclusive, nor was it meant to be. The symposium group was made up of persons who submitted material for the 1978 program. There is certainly a great deal of additional interest and expertise, and many other investigators are working on other materials and techniques.1-6

THE GRAFT  The ideal vascular graft should be immediately available in many sizes and shapes. It should be biocompatible, allowing healing with a nonthrombogenic surface. It should have a