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Surgeons Have Significant Impact On Patient Breast Reconstruction Decisions

September 7, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Source: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Where a woman goes for breast cancer treatment can vary widely – ranging from small private practices to large hospital settings. That choice can also impact the type of care a woman receives when it comes to reconstruction. “Breast reconstruction is a very complex treatment issue that requires a lot of discussion.

Shoulder Surgery In The Elderly Validated

September 7, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

Repairing torn shoulder muscles in elderly patients is often discouraged because of fears of complications. But a new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center has shown that arthroscopic surgery can significantly improve pain and function. The study has just been published online in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery and will appear in the October issue.

Putting Patients At The Center

September 7, 2010 5:10 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | News | Comments

For several years now and with a growing messianic fervor, physicians and health care experts have been responding to the need to deliver more efficient and better primary care with one response: patient-centered medical homes. Not long ago, I found myself doing the same with a friend who prides himself on being a well-informed patient.

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Accidental Alcohol Injection Kills Baby During Surgery

September 7, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer An Ohio coroner says a seven-month-old heart surgery patient died after alcohol, instead of saline, was injected during the procedure. Hamilton County Coroner O'dell Owens says Tressel Meinardi’s parents were told that there's “no question a mistake was made.

New Tech Enables "Near-Patient" Post-Op Monitoring

September 7, 2010 5:07 am | Articles | Comments

What if patients could walk into the pharmacy and get a self diagnostic test for conditions that currently require clinical laboratory testing? Or what if patients could get a an instant test result relative to their post-surgical condition after being treated for cardiac disease or breast cancer? Cambridge Consultants, a product development firm, has reportedly launched the technology for enabling a new generation of high-sensitivity, rapid diagnostic tests that can be self-administered in “near-patient” settings either in conjunction with medical professionals’ guidance, or at home.

BIO-A Tissue Reinforcement

September 2, 2010 12:34 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Acting as an alternative to biologics, GORE® BIO-A® Tissue Reinforcement is a web of biocompatible synthetic polymers that is gradually absorbed by the body, while its 3D matrix of open, highly-interconnected pores serves as a scaffold for tissue generation and healing.

Medical-Grade Wireless Video Technology

September 2, 2010 6:00 am | Videos | Comments

The modern OR just went wireless, with NDSsi's unique ZeroWire® technology. Delivering full high-definition surgical video in real time with less than 1-frame latency, ZeroWire eliminates video cables and wires, making the surgical environment safer and more efficient.

Universal Drain Set For Laparoscopic Surgery

September 2, 2010 5:50 am | Videos | Comments

The DrainTow® facilitates laparoscopic drain placement while holding pneumo-peritoneum. Ease and choice of drains encourages routine use for improving outcomes. To learn more call (800) 228-1186 or visit www.

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Surgical Techniques for Use with the Arthrex 2 mm TRIM-IT Drill Pin

September 2, 2010 5:34 am | Videos | Comments

Instructions and techniques on how to perform bunion repair and proximal interphalangeal resections using the Arthrex 2 mm drill pin.

First Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis Animation

September 2, 2010 5:13 am | Videos | Comments

First metatarsal phalangeal joint (MTP) arthrodesis is a commonly performed procedure for the treatment of hallux rigidus, severe and recurrent bunion deformities, rheumatoid arthritis and other less common disorders of the joint.

da Vinci Surgical System: Surgery On A Grape

September 2, 2010 4:59 am | Intuitive Surgical, Inc. | Videos | Comments

da Vinci Surgical System: Surgery On A Grape For surgeons, da Vinci's benefits include better vision, more precision and more control due to the system's magnification and 3D capabilities, elimination of tremors and multiple degrees and directions of movement.

Follow Up: Cash-Strapped County Saves Hospital

September 1, 2010 8:29 am | News | Comments

Cathy Bussewitz, AP Voters in a rural California county that is in such dire financial condition that it's seeking a state bailout, approved a tax to fund their hospital. The vote gives Modoc County, in the state's northeastern corner, a much-needed infusion of cash and likely means it will avoid bankruptcy.

Diagnostic Error Review Looks To Improve Patient Safety

September 1, 2010 8:13 am | News | Comments

Errors related to missed or delayed diagnosis are frequently a cause of patient injury, and therefore an underlying cause of patient safety related events. Autopsy analysis spanning several decades show error rates at four to 50 percent, according to an article released today by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Botox Maker Pays $600 Million In Settlement

September 1, 2010 8:06 am | News | Comments

(AP) Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug, Botox. The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of “misbranding”, in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses.

Prophylactic Surgeries Associated With Lower Cancer Risks For Women

September 1, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

Women at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer because of inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who had prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA .

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