Liza Javier and Michelle Li, KING 5:30 PM. PDT July 16, 2017

Woodland Park Zoo’s Vip (“very important primate”) underwent life-saving surgery with Dr. Andrew Wright, director of UW Medicine Hernia Center and general surgeon at Northwest Hospital. (Photo: KING)

The Woodland Park Zoo says it’s closely watching a 450-pound silverback gorilla, which just had a life-saving  operation done – not by a veterinarian, but by a doctor for humans.

“I have done nothing like this before, so this was a new experience for me,” said Dr. Andrew Wright (pictured right), director of UW Medicine Hernia Center and general surgeon at Northwest Hospital. Read more >>
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

What it’s like to perform surgery on a 450-pound gorilla

By Bill Radke & Shane Mehling • KUOW PDT July 20, 2017

Vip the gorilla (Photo: KUOW)

Bill Radke speaks with Dr. Andrew S. Wright, the director of the UW Medicine Hernia Center and latest surgeon to operate on Vip, the Woodland Park Zoo’s silverback gorilla. Vip needed emergency hernia surgery. Wright explains his process, from inspecting Vip in the smelly gorilla enclosure to hurrying away as Vip woke up from his anesthesia. Listen to interview >>