Understanding how gastric bypass surgery changes the properties of nerve cells that help regulate the digestive system could lead to new treatments that produce the same results without surgery. who have shown how surgery restores some properties of nerve cells that tell people their stomachs are full. The results may also better predict which patients will keep the weight off after surgery.
What if you could grow a custom-made organ in a lab? It sounds pretty incredible. But just a three-hour drive from the Philadelphia hospital where Sarah got her transplant, another little girl is benefiting from just that sort of technology.
Lung transplant surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have performed Arizona's first "breathing" lung transplantation. Even in transport, these lungs are kept breathing and circulating with blood. This experimental sci-fi technology, nicknamed "Lung-in-a-Box," could revolutionize the field of lung transplantation. St. Joseph's is one of only five sites in the nation offering this unique technology.
"The study shows that access to surgical care, especially general surgical care, is important and low access can have real impacts that affect peoples' health," coauthor Thomas Ricketts of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told Reuters Health by email.
The majority of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts, and infections – including 89 deaths -- after robotic surgery.
The REVIVE SE device is a self-expanding nitinol basket that is designed to ease navigation through small and tortuous blood vessels and arteries in the cerebral vasculature, and enable rapid restoration of blood flow to the brain during an acute ischemic stroke.
Ecolab Healthcare announced the availability of Quik-Care Nourishing Foam, a new foam hand sanitizer with skin conditioners and emollients that moisturize and enhance the skin’s natural repair process with repeated use. This unique, clinically-proven formula sanitizes, absorbs fast, and keeps working over time to support healthier skin for healthcare professionals.
The FlexScan T2381W multi-touch monitor from Eizo combines superb image quality, durability, and a design that is optimized for comfortable 5-point multi-touch use. The 23-inch non-scratch touch screen surface is made of reinforced glass. It features a new fully flat surface that enables seamless touch operation.
Over the years, I’ve had more than my share of difficult cases. I’ve had patients with life threatening conditions whom I wished I could offer more than to just shake my head and speak empty words of encouragement. They stare back at me and I see their eyes full of hope. How many times have been forced to say: “I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do that will make you better, or cure you, or ease your pain.”
A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery. Sarah Murnaghan underwent a six-hour surgery Wednesday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a procedure her aunt said resulted because of the larger list of available organs.
Despite the threat that staph bacteria pose to patients, there is no uniformly accepted procedure to reduce surgical-site infections in the United States. Now, a team of researchers led by the University of Iowa is recommending guidelines that will cut the infection rate by 71 percent for staph bacteria and 59 percent for a broader class of infectious agents known as gram-positive bacteria.
For patients undergoing surgery on the cervical (upper) spine, overall rates of complications and death are higher at teaching hospitals than at non-teaching hospitals, reports a study. But the differences are small and are likely explained by the more-complex surgeries performed and higher-risk patients treated at teaching hospitals.
An Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Brian S. Cohen, of Adena Health System in Chillicothe, OH became the first U.S. surgeon to install a new, state-of-the-art reverse shoulder implant this week. The Arthrex Reverse Universe device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 31, 2013. Dr. Cohen performed the procedure on a 72-year old man during a live, international surgery simulcast to Germany and sites across the United States.
Laparoscopic repair of ventral hernias cuts complications and hospital stay for obese patients, a national study showed. The less invasive procedure had less than half as many complications as open surgery. Hospital stays dropped to a median three days versus four with the conventional surgery, yielding lower total hospital charges of $40,387 versus $48,513.
All surgeons do that move: keeping an instrument in half a hand while doing something else, then regaining full use of it. Still, mundane as it is, that “third eye” part of my brain notices and likes that I can do it. It’s part of that little voice that constantly reminds me, whispers in amazement, that I’m here doing this stuff.