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Patients Denied Insurance For Bariatric Surgery Developed New Diseases At Rapid Pace

July 12, 2010 8:06 am | News | Comments

Patients who were denied bariatric surgery for insurance reasons developed a slew of new obesity-related diseases and conditions within three years of follow-up, according to a study presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Researchers at Gunderson Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, WI, compared medical records of 587 patients who had laparoscopic gastric bypass (LGB) with 189 patients who were medically eligible, but denied bariatric surgery by their insurance provider during the period 2001 to 2007.

Support Tool For REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band Patients

July 12, 2010 8:06 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) recently announced an 18-month data analysis demonstrating that REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band (shown) patients who consistently utilized the company’s REALIZE mySUCCESS® Program lost significantly more weight compared to those who inconsistently used the program.

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MedGem® Indirect Calorimeter

July 12, 2010 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microlife’s MedGem indirect calorimeter is a FDA 510K-cleared Class II medical device is a state-of-the-art, handheld device that accurately measures oxygen consumption (VO2) to determine resting metabolic rate (RMR)*. The measurement is easy to administer and provides accurate results in a few minutes.

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Surgical Stapler Recognized For Saving Time

July 12, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Covidien’s Duet TRS™ Reload with Tissue Reinforcement was recently selected as a winner in the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards MDEA). The Duet TRS Reload is an endoscopic stapler used in laparoscopic surgery to transect and staple tissue. The Duet TRS Reload is the only stapler of its kind that comes preloaded with a synthetic absorbable reinforcement material on each anvil and cartridge.

Tommy John Surgery Not As Bad As Once Thought

July 12, 2010 6:41 am | by by Jeff Robinson | News | Comments

It was once three dirty words for a baseball pitcher: Tommy John surgery. The namesake of the operation, then a Los Angeles Dodgers star, underwent the innovative but radical procedure in 1974. Dr. Frank Jobe invented the surgery – in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced by a tendon from elsewhere in the body, such as the forearm or hamstring – and he gave John a 10 percent chance of returning to his previous level of competence.

Haitian Hospital Woes Show Challenges In Recovery

July 12, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

Jonathan M. Katz, AP It was a simple problem with a novel solution. Doctors, nurses and technicians at Haiti's most important hospital had not been paid since before the earthquake — causing strikes and staffing shortages, and turning the facility into a dangerously inefficient, rat-infested mess.

Drug Offers Way Of Improving Orthopedic Surgery Care

July 12, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

An ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin called semuloparin has been found to reduce the incidence of venous thromboembolism in orthopedic surgery patients in a large clinical program being lead by a steering committee chaired by McMaster University professor Dr. Alexander Turpie. The follow-up analysis of three recently completed international clinical studies on short-term venous thromboembolism (VTE) protective medicine in patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery demonstrated that the ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin semuloparin reduced the incidence of VTE and all-cause death by 25 percent, compared to the commonly used therapy drug enoxaparin.

Computerized Systems Key To Fighting HAIs

July 12, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

Hospitals that adopt advanced computer technology to identify healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are more likely to have implemented best practices to prevent such infections, according to research presented at the 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Preventing Perioperative Hypothermia

July 9, 2010 8:03 am | by Tom Parafinik, Director of Sales, Enthermics Medical Systems, Inc., www.enthermics.com | Enthermics Medical Systems | Articles | Comments

Patients have several strikes against them from the start in the surgical environment. In surgery they are naked, anesthetized, in a cold room and perhaps receiving cold IV and/or irrigation fluids. All of these factors can lead to inadvertent perioperative hypothermia. (Hypothermia defined as a core temperature below 36 degrees C or 96.

Tomorrow’s Surgeons Are Today’s Video Gamers

July 9, 2010 6:52 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Articles | Comments

As a young medical student I remember the arrival of the first video arcade games very clearly: Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pacman. I spent whatever spare cash I had on them, never playing long enough to be any good, or rich enough to get any better. When I bought my first computer in my late-twenties, I relived my excitement with the newest computer games, spending a disproportionate amount of time long into many a night.

Olympus Expands With Pulmonary Device Acquisition

July 9, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

The U.S.-based medical division of Olympus has reached an agreement to buy Spiration, a pulmonary device company in Redmond, WA. Financial details of the deal are not currently available. Spiration will become a consolidated subsidiary of Olympus, a company that developed the first gastro-camera in 1950 and has since developed fiberscopes and videoscopes for direct internal observation of the human body.

Decline In International Grads Impacts Surgeon Shortage

July 9, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

A decline in the number of international medical graduates is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . For years, a flat supply of new U.S.-educated medical school graduates in the specialty of general surgery has created a strong need for IMGs, graduates of medical schools located outside the U.

General Surgery’s “Crisis Of Urgency”

July 9, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

A new study reports the decline of international medical graduates exacerbates the shortage of the general surgeons in the United States. July 9, 2010 A decline in the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Xenon Light Source

July 9, 2010 6:23 am | Sunoptics Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The TITAN 400 Xenon Light Source provides the bright illumination and superior performance required in the modern OR. The TITAN extended lamp feature is a unique patented design that ages at a fraction of the time of current Xenon lamps. The new fan technology and advanced airflow design allow the light source to operate much cooler than conventional systems and reduces operating noise by 50 percent.

PowerLED Lights

July 9, 2010 6:17 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

MAQUET offers its PowerLED surgical lights. According to the company, features include: The ability to provide homogenous light for outstanding deep-cavity illumination with long-life LEDs (up to 40,000 hours). The ability to ensure consistent, accurate color rendering especially useful when recording images.

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