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Heart Device Batteries Losing Power

September 14, 2009 6:35 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medtronic Inc. warned doctors on Friday that about 6,300 of the company's implanted heart devices may not last as long as expected. Medtronic said the batteries in the Concerto and Virtuoso devices may have to be replaced a few months earlier than expected because of a current drain, although it said the implants are working properly.

Test Can Help Identify Potential Malignancies, Guide Surgical Decisions

September 14, 2009 6:34 am | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom.

Surgeons And Empathy

September 11, 2009 7:51 am | News | Comments

Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another. -Mary Catherine Bateson Last week, a group of third-year medical students completed their first rotations through Surgery.

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C-QUR™ Mesh

September 11, 2009 7:03 am | Atrium Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

C-QUR™ Mesh combines Atrium’s ProLite™ polypropylene mesh material with an all-natural Omega 3 bioabsorbable coating derived from highly-purified, contaminant-free, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. This proprietary blend of natural Omega 3 fatty acids, alcohols and triglycerides aids mechanical handling and healing properties.

Rebound HRD V Hernia Repair

September 11, 2009 6:50 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Rebound HRD V from Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. is a self-expanding Nitinol framed/surgical mesh medical device designed for the laparoscopic repair of ventral and incisional hernias.The super-elastic Nitinol frame allows the device to be folded and inserted laparoscopically through an access port or small incision.

Surgical Reinforcement

September 11, 2009 6:42 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Permacol™ Biologic Implants from Covidien are sold only in the U.S. and address pressing clinical needs in the surgical reconstruction, reinforcement and repair of human soft tissue. It is comprised of porcine dermis from which cells, cell debris, DNA and RNA are removed, leaving a 3-D collagen matrix that is then crosslinked for enhanced strength and durability.

Apple CEO Discusses Liver Transplant

September 11, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

9/11/09 Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned Wednesday to the showman role that has helped define his company leadership, taking the stage for the first time since his medical leave to announce such new products as an iPod Nano that records video.

Surgeons General Call For Obesity Policy

September 11, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009; (Source: PRNewswire) The Obesity Society and other steering committee members of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, along with David Satcher MD, PhD and Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, (the two most recent Surgeons General) are developing recommendations in urging policymakers to act on the inclusion of obesity and its associated chronic diseases as the largest and most urgent driving factor in healthcare reform.

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Employer Ordered To Pay For Weight-Loss Surgery

September 11, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009 Charles Wilson, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana court has ruled that a pizza shop must pay for a 340-pound employee's weight-loss surgery to ensure the success of another operation for a back injury he suffered at work. The Indiana Court of Appeals decision, coupled with a recent Oregon court ruling, could make employers think twice before hiring workers with health conditions that might cost their companies thousands of dollars in one shot down the road.

Orthopedic Capital Of The World Strategizes For Growth

September 11, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009 (Source: PR Newswire) Now generating more than $11 billion in annual revenues, the global orthopedics sector concentrated in Warsaw, IN represents more than half the U. S. market share and more than one-third of the world's market for developing orthopedic medical devices. How does an industry contained within a community continue to maintain its strong economic presence and position itself for future growth? BioCrossroads, Indiana's organization for investment, development and advancement of the state's signature life sciences strengths, explores and outlines a series of action-oriented responses to this question in a new published report; Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World – An Overview, Analysis and Blueprint for Future Industry and Community Growth.

Single Dose Enough For H1N1

September 11, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

9/10/2009 Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s good news in the world's flu fight. One dose of the new swine flu vaccine looks strong enough to protect adults and can spark protection within 10 days of the shot, Australian and U.S. researchers said Thursday.

Exploring Age As A Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Factor

September 11, 2009 4:12 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

With an incidence of 3 to 20 percent, ventral hernia formation is one of the most common long-term complications of laparotomy among surgical patients. Further, it is estimated than an additional 5 percent of the Unites States population has an umbilical or epigastric hernia. As a result, nearly 90,000 ventral hernia repairs are performed annually, reports a scientific paper written by Andrew L.

<p><strong>Hernia Mesh Technique</strong></p>

September 10, 2009 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Deepu Rajkamal Selvaraj shows his DRS technique in performing this Laparoscopic Umbilical Mesh Hernioplasty procedure in repairing an umbilical hernia. He engages a double re-enforcement approach that uses prolene as well as a mesh - Atriums C-QUR Edge™ Bioabsorbable Oil (O3FA) coated mesh.

<p><strong>Have Scalpel, Will Travel</strong></p>

September 10, 2009 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Barry Hicks is a surgeon who has devoted much of his life to the care of the poor in rural Ethiopia.

<p><strong>Microlaminectomy Challenges</strong></p>

September 10, 2009 5:32 am | Videos | Comments

Neurosurgeon Michael W. Meriwether performs this microscopic lumbar laminectomy, and discusses some of the impacts that different body types can have on the procedure. In this case, a muscular teenage male translates to additional time needed in properly addressing stronger ligaments and additional muscle in getting at and repairing the spine.

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