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Fewer Blood Transfusions Improve Safety, Cut Costs

October 8, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

A Loyola University Hospital study has demonstrated how the hospital has improved patient safety and cut costs by reducing the number of blood transfusions. In 2009, the average amount of blood products transfused per patient at Loyola was 10 percent lower than it was in 2008, saving $453,355.

Surgeon Shortage Impacting Access To High-Quality, Affordable Care

October 8, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

A new interactive, web-based map from the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute shows, county-by-county throughout the U.S., where shortages of surgeons and other physicians threaten patient access to timely, safe, high-quality and affordable care.  The Surgery Workforce Atlas was released during ACS’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

New Hybrid Operating Room

October 7, 2010 7:42 am | Videos | Comments

Using robotic imaging inside what is called a "hybrid" operating room, two teams of surgeons have given a mother from Utah the use of her arms again.


Robots Help Surgeons Transcend Human Limits

October 7, 2010 7:24 am | Videos | Comments

At times, it's tough going for Whitney Hatchett. "I was born with three heart defects. Two were operated on when I was 11 days old," she tells us. That was the first of many surgeries for the 34-year-old. But none was quite like last year's. "It was either to use the robot and have three small scars on my back or if it was done conventionally, I would have a scar all the way around," she explains.

Gastric Banding Single Incision Surgery

October 7, 2010 7:24 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Michael Baptista has performed thousands of successful bariatric procedures. Here, you'll see a training video showing Dr. Michael Baptista performing a gastric banding procedure (Lap Band or Realize Band) through a single incision at the umbilicus (belly button). Learn more at http://www.

Gallbladder Removed Through Woman's Birth Canal

October 7, 2010 7:23 am | Videos | Comments

In breakthrough surgery, doctors go through vagina to remove abdominal organ October 7, 2010 A team of Ohio State surgeons is among the first in the country to remove a patient’s gallbladder entirely through her birth canal. Surgeons here are pioneering the incisionless technique as part of a study that will lead to the first trial in the world to compare laparoscopic and transvaginal surgery in this arena.


The Saving Brother

October 6, 2010 8:41 am | News | Comments

I heard the patient's agonizing scream emanate from Room 31 just seconds before Nurse Carla ran up to me. "Dr. Jim," she said, grabbing me by my arm, "I need you in 31 right away." Her face was flushed, her voice edged with concern. Carla, usually calm and collected, had me worried with her nervousness.

Titan Medical Adds Urology Expert To Board

October 6, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

Ocotber 6, 2010 Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB).


Brain Surgery Through The Eye

October 6, 2010 6:21 am | News | Comments

Surgeons at UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries.

Nutrient Loss After Gastric Bypass Spawns Concerns For Teen Girls, Unintended Pregnancies

October 6, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition highlights the possible link between the surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to paralysis and mental retardation in their future children.

Interactive Media Aiding Patient Understanding Of Surgery

October 6, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.

Fluid Waste Control

October 4, 2010 3:12 pm | Boehringer Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? Kevin Klocek Marketing Manager October 6, 2010 Suction is used in the OR not only for surgical field clearance but also airway management, blood salvage and tissue stabilization.

iDrive™ Right Angle Linear Cutter

October 4, 2010 3:11 pm | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

At ACS this week, Covidien will offer a preview of its iDrive powered handle and Right Angle Linear Cutter (RALC) is a reusable stapling platform that offers microprocessor-controlled precision and push-button control. The RALC was also specially designed to give surgeons deeper access to, and better visibility in, the pelvis for low anterior resection procedures.


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