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Healthcare Heroes: Orthopedic Surgery

April 13, 2010 9:26 am | Videos | Comments

Philip Sancken has enjoyed riding motocross competitions for years, but when an accident left him unable to walk, he went to Dr. Peter Simonian of Simonian Sports Medicine Center in Fresno for help. Philip knew his leg injury was far from ordinary and that he’d need an orthopedic specialist to put his badly fractured leg back together.

UIC Robotic Surgery Division Wins Innovation Award

April 13, 2010 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

The Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is at the forefront of surgical technology and applica- tion. While many medical centers and institutions now utilize robotic surgery in some capacity, UIC is creating a new playing field for surgeons from across the globe—not just in the number of surgeries performed, but also the types of procedures performed as well.

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Total Knee Arthroplasty Using Electrosurgical Cutting/Coagulation Tool

April 13, 2010 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

PEAK Surgical has developed a family of disposable surgical cutting and coagulation tools to ensure that orthopedic surgeons have the technology they need for a variety of procedures: The PlasmaBlade 4.0, which is designed to be used to cut through all types of soft tissue, including skin, fat and muscle.

ER On Wheels In Afghanistan

April 13, 2010 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on a mobile surgical unit that is saving lives in Afghanistan.

RF Tissue And Vessel Instrument Used In Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

April 13, 2010 9:23 am | Aragon Surgical, Inc | Videos | Comments

Nirmal Jayaseelan, MD of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, TX uses Aragon Surgical's Lektrafuse™ CAIMAN™ in a laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure. The Lektrafuse CAIMAN combines unique mechanics and sophisticated energy delivery to assure a precise, durable seal with every pass.

Surgeon Terminates Wrong Fetus - Loses License

April 13, 2010 7:51 am | News | Comments

Florida state officials stripped a Sarasota doctor of his license after he aborted the wrong fetus in a woman carrying twins. The procedure, known as selective termination, was supposed to be performed on the fetus with congenital birth defects. During a state hearing the doctor blamed his mistake on ultrasound equipment that he said didn't allow him to view the fetuses as clearly as possible.

HAIs Continue To Rise

April 13, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

(AP)  Federal officials say the nation's hospitals are failing to stamp out common infections that can turn life-threatening for patients. The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report finds “very little progress” on eliminating health care infections. For example, rates of bloodstream infections following surgery increased by eight percent.

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Working Around Drug Allergies In Post-Op

April 13, 2010 7:32 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Having a bad reaction to penicillin as a child doesn't guarantee you're still allergic decades later. And if the oncologist says you have to switch chemotherapies because of an allergic reaction, well, maybe not. More medical centers are recommending a lesser known choice: Drug desensitization, a carefully controlled method of helping patients temporarily tolerate medications that their bodies once rejected.

Stress Accelerates Tumor Growth

April 13, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Chronic stress has recently been implicated as a factor that may accelerate the growth of tumors. However, the mechanisms underlying this effect have not been determined, offers Anil Sood and colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. They have generated data using human ovarian cancer cell lines and tumor specimens that indicate that stress hormones, especially norepinephrine and epinephrine, can contribute to tumor progression in patients with ovarian cancer.

Valve-In-Valve Implants Aid Recovery, Reduce Risks

April 13, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Replacing failing artificial animal-based heart valves by implanting mechanical valves inside them is an effective option for high-risk patients, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal Of The American Heart Association. In the study, physicians describe how 24 high-risk patients, whose previous implants failed, received transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation – where a new artificial valve is seated within a previously implanted valve made of pig or cow tissue.

Blended Approach

April 13, 2010 6:52 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

Surgical simulation and training is crucial in helping surgeons develop and refine surgical skill. Now a variety of offerings allow for honing these skills before stepping into the OR. April 20, 2010 When James “Butch” Rosser, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine, prepares for a case, he warms up with one of his favorite video games—Silent Scope or Super Monkey Ball.

Weighing The Options

April 13, 2010 6:51 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

Having a basic understanding of the different surgical implants and grafts available—both biologic and synthetic—is the first step to help a surgeon decide which material is right for the patient and procedure. April 23, 2010 With an array of materials and structures to consider, the options for surgical implants and grafts for surgeons can be “dizzying” at times, says Alfredo M.

Purchasing Perspective On Surgical Camera & Video Systems

April 13, 2010 6:51 am | by Donna Ungvarsky, Business Development Specialist for Olympus’ EndoSite Consulting division. | Articles | Comments

What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical cameras & video systems? April 21, 2010 With continual improvements in minimally invasive surgery techniques coupled with constrained capital budgets, facilities must add more rigor to their technology assessments and purchasing practices.

Why Physicians Need A “Sterile Cockpit”

April 13, 2010 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

Imagine, you are the pilot of a 747, getting ready to land the plane at LAX (pilot speak for Los Angeles International Airport), your ear phones are strapped on, you are talking to the tower, verifying your landing instructions, going through the check list, lowering the landing gear, adjusting the fuel mixture, and just as you throttle back– “Excuse me, captain, but the passenger in 12B really needs to go to the bathroom even though the no smoking sign is on.

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