A surgical team at the Foothills Medical Centre performs neurosurgery with a robot, Neuroarm, developed by a team at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. NeuroArm aims to revolutionize Neurosurgery and other branches of operative medicine by liberating doctors from the constraints of the human hand.
Part 1 of 4. Dr. M Patrick Lowe demonstrates the technique for a robotic hysterectomy to treat endometrial cancer. Total operative time for hysterectomy is 25 minutes. Part 2 of 4. Part 3 of 4. Part 4 of 4.
High-Tech gown can help reduce surgical hypothermia complications, associated costs October 28, 2009 The new Bair Paws Flex™ gown from Arizant Healthcare, Inc. not only fully covers patients, but also warms them before, during and after surgery with “forced-air warming”—a warmed stream of air flowing through the garment’s inserts.
ImThera Medical, Inc. unveils its new product, the aura6000™ neurostimulation system for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the company, more than 800,000 patients in the US are annually diagnosed with OSA. While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the established therapy, studies show that only 54 percent of patients comply with CPAP.
Company’s new guideware is specifically designed for endoscopic treatment in biliary pancreatic duct October 28, 2009 Olympus introduces VisiGlide, its new single use guidewire developed with advanced technology from Terumo Corporation to facilitate ERCP procedures performed by gastroenterologists.
Doctors at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine got a glimpse into the future of women's health with the presentation of endoscopic gynecologic surgery performed for the first time using "4K" technology, a recent article reported. Steven F. Palter, MD, an obstetrician, gynecologist, reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist performed the world's first 4K super high-definition (HD) laparoscopy at Syosset Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and presented images from that surgery on October 20 at the 65th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
As I write this, my clock reads 5:19 a.m. I can usually bank on at least another hour of sleep each morning, but today, my dog heard a noise and decided it was time for me to get up to take him outside. While I was initially annoyed at his persistent attempts to wake me earlier than usual, at least it gives me a chance to write this column before I head into the office.
According to a recent report, participation in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement program can significantly improve a hospitals’ adherence to evidence-based therapies and reduce gender and age-related disparities in the care of coronary artery disease patients.
When Mark Blinder was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital gave his parents three agonizing options: amputate the affected arm at the shoulder, irradiate the tumor and risk a second malignancy, or try a limb-preserving surgery that had never been attempted in a toddler.
Clinical trial results published in this week’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) describe six-month outcomes for patients using the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve from Medtronic, Inc. The valve is implanted through a catheter procedure instead of open-heart surgery in patients with congenital heart disease affecting the function of their pulmonary valve.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine “is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line.” But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it. “We were relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers and as soon as we got numbers we put them out to the public.
Precision Medical Devices Inc. (PMD) introduces a new safety scalpel blade and handle system, the ThumBlade™ safety scalpel system. Features include: Thumb activation independent mechanisms, enabling one-handed activation smoothly and safely by right or left handed practitioners with no contact with the exposed blade.
NiTi™ Surgical Solutions introduced a new, investigational bowel anastomosis device at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 95th Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The device, the BowelRing™, is the next advancement in the company’s BioDynamix™ Anastomosis Technology platform.
Gauthier Biomedical introduces a new line of specialized surgical instruments with their innovative Twist-N-Load Connection System. The company says that with the Twist-N-Load, users don’t have to pull back on any collar, or push a button to begin the connection process.
New technologies aim to give physicians a clearer picture with high-definition (HD) October 27, 2009 Several studies presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastrenterology this week reveal recent advances in colonoscopic technology, with some technologies faring better than others at improving detection of potentially pre-cancerous growths in the colon known as adenomas.