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The Small Things

March 11, 2010 11:59 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The elderly man came to the San Salvador Lutheran Medical Clinic nearly blind and almost completely deaf. Our interpreter helped me figure out what he wanted.   “How can I help you?”  we shouted. "I have a cough and get headaches sometimes. Can I get some medicines?”  “Sure,” I said.

Surgery Through A Single Port

March 11, 2010 11:58 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

Surgeons have made great advances in developing single port surgery. Still, questions remain with regard to the impact the technique has in improving surgical care, leaving some surgeons to speculate that there is an even better technique on the horizon. March 15, 2010 When Italian surgeon Giuseppe Navarra, MD wrote the first reports of a gall bladder surgery performed through a single port in 1997, he discussed why he thought the technique would not go any further.


Positioning With The Montgomery Knee Board

March 11, 2010 4:39 am | Videos | Comments

Designed by Thomas J. Montgomery, MD for use in his practice, the Montgomery Knee Board is a well-leg holder for use in arthroscopic knee surgery. It is used for positioning of the non-operative leg. Consisting of a piece of flat, 1/2 inch polyethylene with rounded edges, the Montgomery Knee Board is intended for use with a foam pad in order to safely and comfortably immobilize the well-leg.


Spinal Intramedullary AVM

March 11, 2010 4:39 am | Videos | Comments

Spinal intramedullary AVMs are rare and potentially life threatening. This surgical clip shows a large AVM with multiple feeders, extending from D3 to D7, being totally excised. The patient is a 27-year-old young man who became paralyzed waist down five years back. In view of the risks involved with surgery and the hope of spontaneous recovery, the patient had put off surgery until recently.

Endoscopic Decompression Of The Ulnar Nerve At The Elbow

March 11, 2010 4:38 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows an ideal case of endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression at the elbow using macroscopic and the endoscopic surgical steps. This information has been taken from Endoscopic Decompression of the Ulnar Nerve at the Elbow, a manuscript published in the April 2010 issue of Neurosurgery, submitted by corresponding author Joachim Oertel, M.

Surgery On Sunday

March 10, 2010 7:54 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

What are you doing on Sunday? For me, I try to make Sunday is a day for a little relaxation, perhaps running some errands or doing a little housework or spending time with family. Sundays for Dr. Andy Moore, a plastic surgeon in Lexington, Kentucky, go a little differently.

Positioning Products

March 10, 2010 7:50 am | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Action Products, Inc.’s Body Smart Solutions® are viscoelastic polymer positioning products for the OR. The products feature domestically-made, exclusive Akton® polymer, a reusable product that will cut down on waste associated with disposable products. This allows for cost savings of a reusable product and the ability to discard less waste.


Line Of Positioning Aids

March 10, 2010 7:20 am | David Scott Company | Product Releases | Comments

David Scott Company offers a complete line of positioning aids named Blue Diamond®. The line includes: Viscoelastic polymer positioners. Light Cloud™ resposable head positioners. 4 levels of pressure reducing OR table pads. BeanBag positioners.

Instrument Design Is A Touchy Subject

March 10, 2010 7:10 am | Articles | Comments

Tactile experiences have played a role in how we evaluate products since the early phases of man’s evolution. It’s especially important in surgery, where an instrument’s tactile properties are essential the surgeon’s ability to use it comfortably and safely … March 10, 2010 By Jeff Kapec, Principal & Executive Vice President, Tanaka Kapec Design Group Designing for touch goes hand in hand with overall industrial design process Every product creates a sensory experience for the user.

Posterior Spinal Distraction Implant Receives CE Mark

March 10, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Replication Medical, Inc., a developer of proprietary, hydrogel-based products for the spine and other surgical applications, recently announced that it has received a CE mark for its GelFix Posterior Spinal Distraction implant. The GelFix device is a one-piece posterior spinal implant made from HPAN, a biocompatible hydrogel which exhibits desirable mechanical properties, including compressive resistance with a dynamic response.

Intuitive Surgical's Stock Up, CEO Compensation Down

March 10, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

According to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Smith received just under $4.2 million in total compensation, down 56 percent from 2008. His salary rose 2.4 percent to $508,700 while his performance bonus fell 2.1 percent to $382,000. Meanwhile, he received stock options worth just under $3.

Tax Soda, Pizza To Cut Obesity

March 10, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) Researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by five pounds per year. The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine , suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.

Despite Recession, Plastic Surgery Down Only 2 Percent

March 10, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation. Trends identified by ASAPS included: 311,957 breast augmentations were performed.


Full Hospitals Raise Risks

March 10, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March issue of Medical Care , researchers evaluated a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.


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