Two decades after the first successful minimally invasive surgery, today’s techniques and technologies are being held back from providing better patient care and more efficient procedures, according to a report issued today by Cambridge Consultants. The report analyzes the barriers and opportunities for the future growth of the $15 billion global MIS market, with data collected through input from pre-eminent representatives with backgrounds in imaging and navigation, surgical robotics, regulatory affairs, laparoscopy and endoscopy.
Immersion Corporation, a leading developer and licensor of haptics technology, has announced that SOFAR S.p.A., a leading Italian manufacturer of medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, has obtained a license to Immersion's TouchSense haptics technology for use in its ALF-X (Advanced Laparoscopy through Force Reflection) telesurgical robot system.
New research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicate that delaying cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, in elderly patients with sudden inflammation of the organ often results in increased costs, morbidity and mortality. Gallstone disease is the most costly digestive disease in the United States, with approximately 20 million people having the disorder.
“Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatment areas,” says Angela Pugliese, M.D., lead author of the study and an emergency department physician at Henry Ford Hospital. “This suggests that only areas without true patient contact, and likely less frequent hand washing, might benefit from using washable silicone rubber or antibacterial keyboards instead of a standard keyboard.
As surgical weight loss becomes more common, doctors agree that behavior modification is critical to ensuring weight comes off and stays off.
DrapeTape™ is designed to deliver the highest level of performance and reliability to help the surgical prep team attach and securely hold in-place the cloth towels which are used to square-off a surgical site. Unlike other single-use paper towels with tapes already in place, DrapeTape™ is applied by the prep team to reusable or disposable towels in unlimited fold/ size/ configurations—whatever the surgical team requires.
Designed for the perioperative care of surgical patients with a short period (6 to 12 hours) of intubation, the Sage CHG Surgical Continuum System combines our FDA-approved 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Cloths for preoperative skin preparation with our proven, comprehensive oral care system, now available with 0.
Specialty Surgical Instrumentations’s ACCESS Surgical Parallel Jaw Grasper is designed to atraumatically grasp soft tissue or manipulate structures such as the small intestine or colon. An atraumatic fenestrated tip allows for a solid, but gentle grasp while a parallel motion of the jaw helps prevent the “scissoring effect” by allowing the jaws to close parallel, allowing for even pressure from the top and bottom jaws.
Covidien (NYSE: COV) announces the global launch of the V-Loc™ 90 device, expanding its family of V-Loc™ absorbable wound closure devices. This latest addition to Covidien’s knotless wound closure product line received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 11, 2010.
Surgical site infections (SSIs), and the human and monetary costs associated with these events, is a top concern for facilities across the country. While it’s important that a facility follows best practice approaches to infection prevention throughout the perioperative process, ensuring all efforts are made in the preoperative preparation period to prevent infection can help start every surgical case off on the right foot.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) issues a practice guideline addressing the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus. June 2, 2010 BARRX Medical Inc. reports that the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has issued a new practice guideline for the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
A study finds patients who avoid tobacco for six weeks after fracture surgery have fewer postoperative complications June 2, 2010 Smokers who refrain from using tobacco during the six-week period following emergency surgery for an acute fracture heal more quickly and experience fewer complications than patients who continue to smoke during the healing process, according to a study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).