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Tommy John Surgery Not As Bad As Once Thought

July 12, 2010 6:41 am | by by Jeff Robinson | News | Comments

It was once three dirty words for a baseball pitcher: Tommy John surgery. The namesake of the operation, then a Los Angeles Dodgers star, underwent the innovative but radical procedure in 1974. Dr. Frank Jobe invented the surgery – in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced by a tendon from elsewhere in the body, such as the forearm or hamstring – and he gave John a 10 percent chance of returning to his previous level of competence.

Haitian Hospital Woes Show Challenges In Recovery

July 12, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

Jonathan M. Katz, AP It was a simple problem with a novel solution. Doctors, nurses and technicians at Haiti's most important hospital had not been paid since before the earthquake — causing strikes and staffing shortages, and turning the facility into a dangerously inefficient, rat-infested mess.

Drug Offers Way Of Improving Orthopedic Surgery Care

July 12, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

An ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin called semuloparin has been found to reduce the incidence of venous thromboembolism in orthopedic surgery patients in a large clinical program being lead by a steering committee chaired by McMaster University professor Dr. Alexander Turpie. The follow-up analysis of three recently completed international clinical studies on short-term venous thromboembolism (VTE) protective medicine in patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery demonstrated that the ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin semuloparin reduced the incidence of VTE and all-cause death by 25 percent, compared to the commonly used therapy drug enoxaparin.

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Computerized Systems Key To Fighting HAIs

July 12, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

Hospitals that adopt advanced computer technology to identify healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are more likely to have implemented best practices to prevent such infections, according to research presented at the 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Preventing Perioperative Hypothermia

July 9, 2010 8:03 am | by Tom Parafinik, Director of Sales, Enthermics Medical Systems, Inc., www.enthermics.com | Enthermics Medical Systems | Articles | Comments

Patients have several strikes against them from the start in the surgical environment. In surgery they are naked, anesthetized, in a cold room and perhaps receiving cold IV and/or irrigation fluids. All of these factors can lead to inadvertent perioperative hypothermia. (Hypothermia defined as a core temperature below 36 degrees C or 96.

Tomorrow’s Surgeons Are Today’s Video Gamers

July 9, 2010 6:52 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Articles | Comments

As a young medical student I remember the arrival of the first video arcade games very clearly: Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pacman. I spent whatever spare cash I had on them, never playing long enough to be any good, or rich enough to get any better. When I bought my first computer in my late-twenties, I relived my excitement with the newest computer games, spending a disproportionate amount of time long into many a night.

Olympus Expands With Pulmonary Device Acquisition

July 9, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

The U.S.-based medical division of Olympus has reached an agreement to buy Spiration, a pulmonary device company in Redmond, WA. Financial details of the deal are not currently available. Spiration will become a consolidated subsidiary of Olympus, a company that developed the first gastro-camera in 1950 and has since developed fiberscopes and videoscopes for direct internal observation of the human body.

Decline In International Grads Impacts Surgeon Shortage

July 9, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

A decline in the number of international medical graduates is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . For years, a flat supply of new U.S.-educated medical school graduates in the specialty of general surgery has created a strong need for IMGs, graduates of medical schools located outside the U.

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General Surgery’s “Crisis Of Urgency”

July 9, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

A new study reports the decline of international medical graduates exacerbates the shortage of the general surgeons in the United States. July 9, 2010 A decline in the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Xenon Light Source

July 9, 2010 6:23 am | Sunoptics Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The TITAN 400 Xenon Light Source provides the bright illumination and superior performance required in the modern OR. The TITAN extended lamp feature is a unique patented design that ages at a fraction of the time of current Xenon lamps. The new fan technology and advanced airflow design allow the light source to operate much cooler than conventional systems and reduces operating noise by 50 percent.

PowerLED Lights

July 9, 2010 6:17 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

MAQUET offers its PowerLED surgical lights. According to the company, features include: The ability to provide homogenous light for outstanding deep-cavity illumination with long-life LEDs (up to 40,000 hours). The ability to ensure consistent, accurate color rendering especially useful when recording images.

Surgery Improves Outcomes For Flat Foot Deformity

July 9, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

A surgery developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City claims to be able to improve outcomes in individuals with severe adult flat foot deformity. Patients who undergo the new surgery have a better long-term outcome and mobility than those who undergo the traditional procedure. The paper was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Diabetics Target Surgery In Taming Blood Sugar

July 9, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP For nearly a decade, Cristina Iaboni tried to tame her diabetes the usual way, through daily shots of insulin and other medicine. Still, her blood sugar raged out of control. So Iaboni combed the internet for another solution. She found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are overweight in an attempt to curb the disease.

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Full Face Transplant, Complete With Tears And Facial Hair

July 9, 2010 5:13 am | News | Comments

Angela Charlton, AP A 35-year-old man with a genetic disorder has an entirely new face, including tear ducts that cry and a chin that sprouts stubble. A rare full-face transplant was performed by a French surgeon and hailed as a new advance in improving the lives of the disfigured. Dr. Laurent Lantieri, one of the few doctors in the world who has performed face transplants in the past, said that the patient, “gave me two thumbs up” after the operation at the Henri-Mondor hospital in the Paris suburb of Creteil.

Surgery In A New Light

July 8, 2010 7:15 am | Videos | Comments

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