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Robotic Surgery Safe For Complicated Pancreatic Procedures

November 17, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

A study suggests that robotic-assisted surgery involving complex pancreatic procedures can be performed safely in a high-volume facility, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Complex pancreatic surgery remains the final frontier for use of minimally invasive procedures, the authors write as background information in the article.

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Computer Imaging Before Rhinoplasty Found Accurate And Useful

November 17, 2010 5:36 am | News | Comments

Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Safer Surgical Alternative For Heart Defect

November 17, 2010 5:24 am | News | Comments

A less invasive procedure for treating a congenital heart defect in children is a safe alternative to traditional surgery with no five-year difference in risk of death, and is associated with a 62 percent reduced risk for neurological events (such as strokes or seizures), states a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

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Not Waiting For Surgeons Aids Canadian Spine Patients

November 17, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

Ninety-six percent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Additionally, 74 percent were happy to see her rather than wait up to a year to see a surgeon, with less than a quarter of those who preferred to see a surgeon saying that the extra wait was acceptable.

Olympic Swimmer Undergoes Cutting Edge Knee Procedure

November 17, 2010 4:49 am | by Michele R. Berman, MD | Articles | Comments

Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, who has won 12 medals in five Olympic games, including 3 silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has recently undergone a cutting edge procedure on her knee to repair severe arthritis. The 43-year-old was  the oldest swimmer on the U.S. Olympic swim team, but has won at least one medal in each of the five Olympics in which she has competed, making her one of only a handful of Olympians to earn medals in five different Games.

2010 ESP Winner: A User’s Perspective

November 17, 2010 4:48 am | by Interview Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

Cheron Rojo, Sterile Processing Department Educator at Children's Hospital Central California, first nominated Healthmark’s TOSI™ for the Excellence in Surgical Products Awards. Here, he talks about the impact this product can have on a facility. November 17, 2010 Surgical Products: How did you learn about the TOSI and how did you decide it was a product you’d like to try out? Rojo: I was first introduced to the TOSI test back around 2004 at a vendor exhibit booth.

Robotic Platform Aids Spinal Implant Procedure Accuracy

November 16, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics, a developer of surgical robots and complementing products, announced today that Spine , a leading journal in its field, has published the results from a multi-center, retrospective study that found the company's SpineAssist® to be clinically accurate in 98 percent of implant placements in spinal surgery.

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Treatment That Includes Surgery Results In Better Blood Flow

November 16, 2010 5:41 am | News | Comments

Treatment that included early surgical procedures to open blocked arteries resulted in better blood flow to the heart than aggressive medical treatment alone in patients with both diabetes and heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

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Boxer's Heart Leads To Surgery, Questions

November 16, 2010 5:32 am | News | Comments

Professional boxer Antonio Margarito is still in the hospital as doctors wait for the swelling on his face to subside enough in order to surgically repair his broken eye socket - a souvenir from his fight Saturday night with the sport's best, Manny Pacquaio. Although the outcome was undisputable from the early going, neither Margarito, his corner or the referee would stop the fight, even as both of his eyes were swollen to the point of near closure due to Pacquaio's constant barrage.

A Patient Is Rescued, Quietly

November 16, 2010 5:11 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Articles | Comments

From watching television we tend to think we know what a hospital emergency looks like: violent, dramatic and optimally bloody. Someone calls the alarm, a team that includes at least one handsome doctor surges into the room, and people yell out “STAT!” as needed. The patient always survives.

Surgical Ultrasound System

November 16, 2010 5:10 am | BK Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Analogic Corporation’s specialized ultrasound business, BK Medical, introduces the Flex Focus 700™, a mobile ultrasound system designed primarily for ultrasound guided surgical procedures in the operating room. The system is tailored to the specific needs of the surgical suite.

Eliminate Surgical Smoke

November 16, 2010 5:10 am | Lexion Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The PneuView XE from Lexion is a technology designed specifically to eliminate surgical smoke during laparoscopic procedures. According to the company, it is not susceptible to clogging, eliminating the need for costly and inconvenient replacement during the same procedure. It is capable of providing desired visualization even with the greatest smoke generating devices in the market.

Robotic Surgery Not Always Worth It

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery results in similar clinical outcomes, compared with robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, but at a significantly lower cost, concludes a new retrospective analysis of a large, national data-base. While the promotion of robot-assisted surgery has increased over the years, the study, a retrospective review of 36,188 patient records from 358 hospitals, found the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure costs $2,667 more, on average for inpatient procedures and $1,971 more for outpatient procedures, than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with no significant improvement in clinical outcomes.

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Cardinal Health Steps Up Efforts To Green More ORs

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health today announced that it has joined the group of founding corporate sponsors supporting the Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room (GOR) Initiative, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of operating suites in hospitals across the country. "With its GOR Initiative, Practice Greenhealth is bringing together the forward-thinking stakeholders in the health care supply chain to provide guidance that can help hospitals utilize operating room resources more effectively and reduce the volume of waste generated there," said Marc Mullen, senior vice president and general manager of Presource® at Cardinal Health.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Invents “Peace of Mind” Device

November 16, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following her medical endeavor, Persichetti contracted a severe staph infection, and was both unaware and unprepared to deal with all the issues associated with recovering with Closed Wound Drains. The Comfort Caddy™ is an all purpose, comfortable mesh utility bag designed to deal with all the complex and frustrating issues associated with surgical post-op drains.

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