A recent article in the Orange County Register reports the first U.S. clinical trials are to begin this spring on an intragastric balloon developed by ReShape Medical in San Clement, CA. The device is reportedly a double-balloon mechanism that is inserted endoscopically using the ReShape delivery system down the patient’s throat with a tube attached and inflated with saline.
A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical in a case involving the malfunction of a da Vinci surgical robot during a prostatectomy that may have lead to a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction. Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot began displaying error messages.
Surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, claims a lawsuit filed against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by two large physician groups. The groups are concerned about the lack of supervision in these instances.
(Reuters) – A man in a deeply unconscious state for five years has been able to communicate with doctors using just his thoughts in a study scientists say is a “game changer” for care of vegetative state patients. British and Belgian researchers used a brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging to show the man, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2003, was able to think yes or no answers to questions.
Researchers have found that there were fewer complications for women, after having a cesarean delivery, if sutures were used instead of staples to close the wound. Women undergoing cesarean delivery in labor as well as scheduled cesarean delivery were used in the study. Use of staples resulted in a higher wound separation rate, higher composite wound complication rate, and increased post-operative physician visits.
Danny Williams’, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is under fire for his decision to head south for heart surgery. A former lawyer and millionaire businessman, Williams is having an unspecified cardiac surgical procedure at an undisclosed U.S. hospital. The move raised questions about whether he could have the operation in Canada.
Dr. Kenneth Adam Lee, MD, FACS, of Kennedy Thoracic Surgery, Sewell, NJ, performs a robotic assisted thorascopic pulmonary lobectomy.
For every 100 knees replaced at Borgess Medical Center, 95 percent of them will do well for at least ten years thanks to more precise, pain-free implants. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Todd Ream is an expert on knees. Through the computer navigation we are able to put that knee into a fairly precise position, said Dr.
A patient with prostate cancer undergoes surgery in hopes his doctor, utilizing the da Vinci robotic surgical system, can cure him of the potentially deadly disease.
Proceed Ventral Patch™ is a partial absorbable device originally designed for the umbilical hernia repair that works very well even in large or complicated femoral hernias.
Dr. Rami Lutfi, Medical Director of the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, performs one of the first single incision hiatal hernia repair during LapBand placement using the novel curved laparoscopic instruments.
An article in today’s newsletter reports on the development of a post-surgery wireless skin patch that would allow patients to self-monitor themselves at home after orthopedic surgery through the use of cell phones. The technology, to be developed and commercialized by Gentag, Inc.
Gentag, Inc. and the CORE Institute® announce the signing of a license agreement to develop and commercialize a disposable wireless skin patch to allow patients to self monitor themselves in the comfort of their homes after orthopedic surgery in hospitals through the use of cell phones, a release issued Tuesday reports.
Davol, Inc. introduces a new absorbably fixation system. The SORBAFIX™ Absorbable Fixation System is indicated for prosthetic mesh fixation and the approximation of soft tissue in laparoscopic and open surgeries. The system is pre-loaded earlier with 15 or 30 absorbable fasteners that are deployed via a 5-mm, low profile delivery system.