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Law Looks To Protect Insurance Coverage In New York

August 20, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date. Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.

Nurse Discrimination Suit Filed Against California Hospital

August 20, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

The California Nurses Association is suing a San Francisco hospital, claiming discrimination because managers refused to hire Filipino nurses. The suit was filed Thursday against Sacramento-based Sutter Health and the company's California Pacific Medical Center. Union leaders and Filipino activists in the Bay Area also want the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate the discrimination claims.

Pancreas Envy

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

I will never understand some surgeons’ fascination with the pancreas. What happened to them in childhood that made them yearn for the approval of such a shallow organ? One of my colleague’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree at the mere mention of a pancreas.

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Caring For Your Instruments

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Gary Jordan, President, Medisafe America | Articles | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? August 20, 2010 As recently indicated in ST79:2006/A2:2009; “The written recommendations of the device manufacturer should always be followed.  The reusable medical device manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the device can be effectively cleaned and sterilized.

Benefits Of Gender-Specific Knee Implants Under Scrutiny

August 20, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

A gender-specific total knee prosthesis was developed to more closely match the anatomy of the female knee, aiming to be a better fit resulting in better outcomes for women. However, a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that 85 women who received a gender-specific implant in one knee and a standard prosthesis in the other knee found no clinical benefits of the gender-specific knee.

Deflectable-Tip Video Laparoscope

August 20, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Olympus LTF-VP EndoEYE is a deflectable video laparoscope. This video laparoscope represents a significant breakthrough in laparoscopic imaging by upgrading the distally mounted video chip and combining it with an advanced flexible tip design, which provides a complete 100° angulation range – up, down, right, left to visually capture the desired location head-on, from above or even from behind.

Innovative Procedure For Rare Vaginal Defects

August 20, 2010 7:08 am | News | Comments

A pediatric urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center has pioneered a successful surgical procedure for young girls who have absent or malformed vaginas, a condition that affects about one in 4,000 females. Unknown causes and certain genetic disorders can cause girls to be born with these defects, along with others that can accompany the vaginal problems, including an abnormal neck, an absent or malformed uterus and fallopian tubes, absent kidneys and abnormal external genitals.

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Our Future Is In The Hands Of Robots

August 19, 2010 7:24 am | Videos | Comments

In a segment called "Our Future Is Already in the Hands of Robots", Dr. Samadi, a specialist in laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, demonstrated a real-time prostate removal on camera. He performs the procedures with a few tiny incisions, through which the operating tools are inserted.

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Muscle-Sparing Hip Replacement Surgery

August 19, 2010 7:12 am | Videos | Comments

Muscle sparing hip replacement surgery is a new, less invasive, surgical method that allows Community Hospital hip specialist, Dr. Paul Maitino, to replace hip joints and return patients to their regular activities faster than ever before. This surgery uses a single 3-5 inch incision in the front of the hip instead of the reguar posterior location.

Robotic Pyelolithotomy

August 19, 2010 7:12 am | Videos | Comments

Product Demo: SutureAssist®

August 19, 2010 7:11 am | Videos | Comments

Surgical procedures in today's operating theater demand that paramount importance be directed towards working safely. Intraoperative and postoperative risks increase in proportion to the length of time in which the patient remains anesthetized during surgery. In this video, Board Certified surgeon, Dr.

Celebrity Surgeon Dies In Crash

August 18, 2010 7:18 am | News | Comments

Sandy Cohen, AP Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, who made headlines for performing multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, has died. He was 50 years old. The California Highway Patrol says Ryan's 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu and landed on its roof Monday afternoon.

Law Requires Hospitals To Inform Breast Cancer Patients Of Reconstruction Options

August 18, 2010 7:11 am | Articles | Comments

While breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is covered by insurers in New York, many poor, minority, and less educated women do not seek out the procedure. Now, NY Gov. David A. Paterson has signed into law a bill that is aimed at reversing this trend. "A disproportionate number of women who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage do not get breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy for one of several reasons.

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