A Roanoke, NC jury awarded a 38-year-old woman $2 million in a malpractice judgment against Carilion Clinic after hearing claims that a neurosurgeon performed the wrong type of surgery on her herniated discs, prolonging her pain. Carilion has asked that the verdict be reduced to a reasonable sum or that the court grant a new trial.
The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.
Lazar J. Greenfield, MD, FACS of Ann Arbor, MI, was the recipient of the 16th Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons. The Jacobson Award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, was presented to Dr. Greenfield during a dinner that was held in conjunction with the ACS Board of Regents meeting.
Key World Health Organization personnel who advised on the stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found. The British Medical Journal says these individuals had openly declared these interests, yet WHO made no mention of the links.
I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.
Coloplast introduces a new male sling, Virtue. Virtue offers treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) because it both elevates and compresses the urethra, a key step toward reducing urine leakage occurring, for example, after prostate cancer surgery. With the launch of Virtue, men suffering from SUI can look forward to improved relief from incontinence.
Urologists treating patients with suspicious ureteral or kidney lesions now have a tool to help them more effectively make diagnoses. Cook Medical has introduced the BIGopsy Backloading Biopsy Forceps, a device designed and engineered to obtain large renal or ureteral tissue specimens up to 4 mm3 for cancer diagnosis.
The ABRA Abdominal Wall Closure System is part of the line of Canica Dynamic Wound Closure Systems, which allows users to control domain and achieve delayed primary closure of retracted wounds in normal and Bariatric patients. The ABRA System provides surgical dynamic reduction for full thickness, severely retracted abdominal defects.
The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.
A minimally invasive technique used to destroy kidney tumors with an electrically controlled heating probe showed similar effectiveness as surgical removal of tumors in curbing cancer recurrence rates for up to five years after treatment. In an article available online in the journal Cancer , Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, professor of urology and radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, reported the outcomes of more than 200 patients who were treated with radiofrequency ablation.
Two decades after the first successful minimally invasive surgery, today’s techniques and technologies are being held back from providing better patient care and more efficient procedures, according to a report issued today by Cambridge Consultants. The report analyzes the barriers and opportunities for the future growth of the $15 billion global MIS market, with data collected through input from pre-eminent representatives with backgrounds in imaging and navigation, surgical robotics, regulatory affairs, laparoscopy and endoscopy.
Immersion Corporation, a leading developer and licensor of haptics technology, has announced that SOFAR S.p.A., a leading Italian manufacturer of medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, has obtained a license to Immersion's TouchSense haptics technology for use in its ALF-X (Advanced Laparoscopy through Force Reflection) telesurgical robot system.
New research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicate that delaying cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, in elderly patients with sudden inflammation of the organ often results in increased costs, morbidity and mortality. Gallstone disease is the most costly digestive disease in the United States, with approximately 20 million people having the disorder.
“Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatment areas,” says Angela Pugliese, M.D., lead author of the study and an emergency department physician at Henry Ford Hospital. “This suggests that only areas without true patient contact, and likely less frequent hand washing, might benefit from using washable silicone rubber or antibacterial keyboards instead of a standard keyboard.