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No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth

June 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Graphic shows process of the TOGA scarless obesity surgery. (AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to snap staples into the stomach.

Manage Surgical Smoke Plume Hazards

June 8, 2009 7:25 am | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

Buffalo Filter’s PlumeSafe® TURBO Auto-Sense provides a versatile solution to manage the hazards associated with surgical smoke plume and aerosols. This portable, ultra-quiet system provides: Ample power to eliminate even the heaviest amounts of smoke plume and aerosols.

BILF Wall Suction Surgical Smoke Filter

June 8, 2009 7:09 am | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

As part of your operating room protocol, it may be appropriate to utilize your vacuum/wall suction system to capture small amounts of surgical smoke plume.  As these devices are not designed to capture smoke and aerosols, implementing an in-line filter is essential to long term performance of your critical vacuum system.

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The A.B.C.’s Of Surgical Smoke Plume

June 8, 2009 6:45 am | by Joseph Lynch, Director of Marketing, Buffalo Filter | Buffalo Filter | News | Comments

The use of thermal instruments for surgical applications has grown significantly over the past three decades. Unfortunately, when any type of thermal or ultrasonic surgical instrument, such as laser energy, electrosurgery, argon, ultrasonic/harmonic scalpel, or plasma is applied to human tissue an unwanted by-product is produced which is commonly known as surgical smoke plume.

Studies Show Potential Of Pure NOTES Surgery With Toolbox

June 3, 2009 7:20 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | News | Comments

CINCINNATI, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. announce multiple studies at 2009 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) demonstrating the company's novel, investigational Toolbox enables natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedures without laparoscopic support in porcine models.

Fire In The OR

June 3, 2009 7:00 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

I was recently introduced to a web site that made me think about what can go wrong during surgery. As a journalist reporting to medical professionals, I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching medical errors such as wrong site surgery, retained foreign objects, and hospital acquired infections, as well as familiarizing myself with all the issues each of you face.

Time-Saving Repair - Part 2

June 2, 2009 8:40 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Videos | Comments

Click the video to watch Part 2 of 2 of the Rebound HRD V hernia repair device. Click here to watch video Part 1 of 2. Having performed laparoscopic ventral incision hernia surgery for a number of years, Roderick Brown, MD, had confirmed the laparoscopic method to repair hernias was a better way to fix hernias than open surgery for a number of reasons, including less post-operative discomfort, improved cosmetic outcomes and low reoccurrence rates.

Time-Saving Repair

June 2, 2009 8:34 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Videos | Comments

Click the video to watch Part 1 of 2 of the Rebound HRD V hernia repair device. Click here to watch video Part 2 of 2. Having performed laparoscopic ventral incision hernia surgery for a number of years, Roderick Brown, MD, had confirmed the laparoscopic method to repair hernias was a better way to fix hernias than open surgery for a number of reasons, including less post-operative discomfort, improved cosmetic outcomes and low reoccurrence rates.

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Partially Absorbable Mesh

June 2, 2009 6:38 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ETHICON, Inc. offers its ULTRAPRO* mesh, a lightweight and partially absorbable mesh for repairing hernias and other abdominal fascial defects. According to the company's Web site, features include: For the repair of inguinal and incisional hernias Strong, secure repair¹,² Flexible scar lets abdominal wall move naturally² Trusted, well-known materials   References: 1.

Gripping Repair System

June 2, 2009 6:13 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien offers the Parietex ProGrip™ mesh. Parietex ProGrip™ mesh is a bicomponent mesh composed of monofilament polyester and a resorbable polylactic acid gripping system that facilitates a tension-free hernia repair. Features include: Hydrophilic polyester monofilament resulting in fast and intimate tissue in-growth.

Appalling Lack Of Infection Control Procedures

June 2, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

First-ever survey of infection control at MRI centers finds insufficient basic infection prevention (AP) ( http://www.patientcomfortsystems.com ) -- Peter Rothschild, M.D., renowned radiologist and MRI expert, has released the ground-breaking paper, Survey of Infection Control in the MRI Environment: Lack of Infection Control Procedures in MRI May Place Patients and Staff at Risk.

Complete Examinations Of Small Intestine Using New Product

June 2, 2009 5:32 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirus Medical, Inc. ( www.spirusmed.com ), a developer of diagnostic and therapeutic advancement systems for gastroenterology, urology and gynecology, announced that physicians using its Endo-Ease™ line of devices have performed complete examinations of the small intestine, or pan-endoscopy.

Back To Normal: Surgery Improves Outcomes For Spine Patients

June 2, 2009 5:04 am | News | Comments

New study finds patients who opt for surgery have decreased pain, increased function ROSEMONT, Ill., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People with the spine disease called degenerative spondylolisthesis… -- who choose surgical treatment -- experience substantially greater relief from pain over time compared to those who do not have surgery, according to a study published in the June 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

Study Finds That Team Preop Briefing Improves Communication, Reduces Errors

May 27, 2009 8:05 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, Minn., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A short, preoperative team briefing prior to cardiac surgery - where each person on the team speaks - improves communication and reduces errors and costs, according to a pilot study conducted at Mayo Clinic. Mayo researchers believe this is the first such study to use real-time observations to measure the effect of preoperative briefings on specific disruptions to surgery.

Medical Providers Get 'Homework' To Find Savings

May 27, 2009 7:35 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A homework assignment from President Barack Obama is turning into a credibility test for medical providers. Obama, once a law professor, has instructed the health care industry to come back with specifics on its pledge to slow rising costs, helping to save the nation $2 trillion over 10 years.

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