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The Learning Curve Of A Surgeon

March 30, 2010 1:41 pm | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

“I just mastered laparoscopic surgery through four holes, now they want me to do it through one?” This comment, I heard on a shuttle ride to the airport following last year’s American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) meeting. The topic of discussion among the surgeon and her colleagues on the bus was single-port surgery, as the show we had all just attended had a large focus on new procedural techniques—single-port access (SPA), laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS) and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS).

New Single-Use High-Definition Endoscopy Camera

March 30, 2010 1:08 pm | Videos | Comments

Earlier this month, Dr. Steven Palter of Docinthemachine reported on his exclusive look at a new disposable HD endoscopic video camera made by Olive Medical out of Sandy, UT. According to the company, the camera has 1080p resolution and will cost around $300 once regulatory clearance has been obtained.

1,000-lb Patient Weight Capacity

March 30, 2010 1:07 pm | TRUMPF | Product Releases | Comments

The TRUMPF TITAN is a modular, split-leg, fully-articulating universal surgical table with a 1,000-lb. patient weight capacity. Features of the table include: Motor driven mobility and easy movement with 6” dual castors. 40° Trendelenburg and reverse Trendelenburg positioning and 25° degree tilt, maintaining stability even at extreme angles at full weight capacity.


A New Chance To Strengthen An Eroding Bond

March 30, 2010 6:25 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

At a wedding recently, I met a woman, a freelance photographer in her early 40s. She was intrigued by my work as a doctor and began asking me questions related to her own health. When she showed me a picture of herself with her four children, I realized why. This gaunt woman had lost almost 20 pounds in the month since the photo had been taken and, despite efforts to stop the weight loss, was still losing more.

Table Provides Powerful Lift, Articulation

March 30, 2010 6:25 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

Skytron’s HERCULES 6701B Surgical Table provides powerful 1,200 lbs. lift and 1,000 lbs. articulation and revolutionary full body imaging capability for today’s most advanced general purpose and bariatric procedures, reducing the need for multiple support accessories and optimizing ease of patient set-ups.

Bariatric Shifter

March 30, 2010 6:24 am | AliMed, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

caption AliMed, inc. introduces the Bariatric Shifter. According to the company, the shifter is a lateral shifting aid that features: The ability to hold up to 600 lbs. The ability to help medical staff reduce back strain from lifting and shifting patients.

Bariatric Cushion

March 30, 2010 6:23 am | Ehob, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The WAFFLE Bariatric Cushion from EHOB is designed with a diamond-shaped pattern to evenly distribute an individual's weight and minimize material stress and is capable of supporting patients up to 700 pounds. The Bariatric Cushion's low air profile reduces pressure and helps prevent and treat pressure ulcers in most seating applications.

Medicare Nominee Faces Challenges

March 30, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

Donald Berwick, President Barack Obama's choice to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, will face major challenges in implementing the sweeping changes to both programs required under the recently enacted health care overhaul … if elected. According to two administration officials, President Obama will nominate Dr.


Surgical Brainstorm

March 30, 2010 6:21 am | by Sheila Judge, Business Development Manager, Pressurecare for Trulife | Articles | Comments

What are some key considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing patient positioning equipment? March 30, 2010 1.Identify the high-risk areas. Evaluating the patients current medical condition is vital as there are many intinsic factors (e.

FDA Panel Backs Debated Knee Device

March 30, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Federal health experts said a device for repairing knees that was subject to a contentious, three-year review by the Food and Drug Administration is likely safe and effective, despite major shortcomings with company studies. The findings by the FDA's independent panel of orthopedic experts came despite the government's highly critical review of Regen Biologic's device published ahead of the meeting.

Device Companies Seek Repeal Of Tax Provision

March 30, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

The chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council said it is trying to line up meetings with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to discuss the tax, which industry officials say will cut jobs and force firms to move operations overseas. The 2.3 percent tax contained in a reconciliation bill is expected to be passed by Congress and sent to President Obama next week, although it wouldn’t take effect until January 1, 2013.

Mastectomy Not Always The Best Option

March 30, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP New research suggests that women with gene mutations that predispose them to breast cancer might not pay a huge price in survival if they choose to preserve their breast instead of having it removed. In a small study that observed women with BRCA gene mutations and different types of cancer and treatments, patients had two to four times greater risk of a cancer recurrence if they had only the cancerous lump removed instead of the whole breast.

Happy Doctor's Day

March 30, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced that St. Mary's Mercy Medical Center North, and Mercy Medical Center West in Knoxville, TN purchased Vestex ™ nanotechnology-based lab coats, which were presented to physicians in honor of National Doctors’ Day. “From our advances in robotic surgery to our cutting-edge heart catheterization procedures, Mercy Medical Partners is well-known as a leader in advanced technologies.


What If Other Parts Of Life Were Like Healthcare?

March 29, 2010 8:27 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

Healthcare is bizarre. Anyone who spends significant time in its ranks will attest to the many quirky and downright ludicrous things that go on all the time.  But I am not sure people realize just how strange our system is.  Perhaps it would be interesting to see what it would be like if other parts of our lives were like healthcare.

Early Results: Gastrointestinal Liner May Help Treat Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

March 29, 2010 8:27 am | News | Comments

GI Dynamics announces initial, positive results from a clinical trial evaluating 12 months of treatment with the EndoBarrier™ Gastrointestinal Liner. The first group of patients from this trial have successfully completed 12 months, or 52 weeks, of treatment with the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner, an important milestone in the clinical development of this non-surgical therapeutic.


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