Plastic surgeons treating patients faced with the difficult decision of reconstructive surgery after mastectomy now have access to breakthrough treatment options with Cook Medical's Biodesign® Tissue Generation Matrix and Biodesign Nipple Reconstruction Cylinder. Designed to signal the body to encourage rapid tissue remodeling, the Biodesign grafts strike a critical balance of strength and flexibility that achieve aesthetically pleasing results.
I am in New Jersey at the New York General Surgery board review course (time to re-certify already!). It is an intense, one-week, extravaganza so chock full of information you once knew (before you went into private practice) that your mind wanders from time to time (as is evidenced by the fact that I came up with this column during the first day of the course).
In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology , a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality. The Risk Stratification Index was developed using more than 35 million Medicare and Medicaid records, then validated on more than 100,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic.
Michigan hospitals reduced surgical complications by nearly 10 percent at a time when the rest of the nation saw no change in complication rates, according to a new study out next week in the Archives of Surgery . Complications dropped at hospitals participating in what's called the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a group of 16 hospitals led by the University of Michigan Health System that agreed to pool data and share information about what keeps patients safe.
Hospital visits following outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopies may be more common than previously estimated, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About 15 to 20 million endoscopic procedures are performed each year in the United States, according to background information in the article.
One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer, according to CDC projections published in the journal Population Health Metrics.
Given Imaging Ltd. recently announced that several new studies have demonstrated PillCam SB's clinical value in detecting and monitoring Crohn's disease and its utility in managing patients with obscure GI bleeding. The studies were presented at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2010 conference in Barcelona.
A simple, eight-item pre-operative questionnaire could help identify patients at risk for complications following surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Individuals prone to the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, as determined by the questionnaire, appear to have an increased risk of heart, lung and other complications following elective surgery.
Telementoring may be an effective way for subspecialist surgeons to assist remotely located general surgeons, according to new research findings published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the study, eight general surgery residents with no formal subspecialty training participated in three mock operations using animal cadavers intended to simulate live procedures.
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The ECHELON FLEX™ ENDOPATH® Stapler from Ethicon Endo-Surgery is an articulating endocutter that offers enhanced system-wide compression, which is key in achieving a uniform, hemostatic staple line. The stapler has also been proven to deliver superior staple formation, even in thick tissue.
Covidien exhibited new medical technologies and showcased some of its most-innovatiave products at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010. one of the products included Nellcor™ BIS™ Brain Monitoring technology. According to the company, the Nellcor Bispectral Index (BIS) brain monitoring technology helps provide an insight into the patient-specific effects of anesthesia on the brain.
Several years ago I helped care for a man who had been hospitalized with a severe infection of the abdominal wall. When his primary doctors discovered that the bacteria responsible was resistant to most antibiotics, they quickly isolated him, moving him into a single room with a sign on the door proclaiming “Contact Precautions” and directing visitors to put on gloves, mask and gown before entering.
A year ago, Medgadget originally reported news about a device designed by students and clinicians at Johns Hopkins University to help surgeons move bowels out of the way. A year later, the device has been FDA-cleared and is being marketed by Seguro Surgical. According to the product page : Lap Pak is a simple yet effective medical device that is employed during abdominal surgery to safely retain the bowels away from the surgical field.
New research shows that a surgical procedure using a cutting-edge super glue pioneered a year ago by Calgary researchers can improve the recovery of heart patients after open-chest surgery. Recently, Dr. Paul Fedak presented his findings to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010. The glue, called Kryptonite™, is being used to enhance the closure of the breastbone after surgery.