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Bioabsorbable Anchor Solution

August 4, 2009 6:25 am | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Smith & Nephew 's Endoscopy Division introduces the OSTEORAPTOR Anchor for repair in the hip and shoulder. The anchor to uses Polylactic Acid Hydroxyapatite (PLLA-HA) to increase the anchor's strength and promote a strong bond between the anchor and the bone surface. According to the company, additional features of the anchor include: Availability in 2.


Injectable Bone Graft Replacement

August 4, 2009 6:23 am | Depuy Spine, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Spine, Inc. introduces the HEALOS® Fx Injectable Bone Graft Replacement, a bone graft solution designed specifically for minimally invasive spine surgery. HEALOS Fx is a moldable, injectable version of HEALOS® Bone Graft Replacement, which is the company's osteoconductive and osteogenic (when combined with bone marrowaspirate) bone graft substitute, shown to achieve fusion rates equivalent to autograft in peer-reviewed, published human clinical studies.


Obesity Surgery Death Rates Are Low, Study Finds

August 3, 2009 9:23 am | News | Comments

M arilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Obese, but worried that surgery for it might kill you? The risk of that has dropped dramatically, and now is no greater than for having a gall bladder out, a hip replaced or most other major operations, new research shows. The study looked at safety results for gastric bands and stomach stapling at 10 U.


US Rep. To Introduce Legislation To Address National Hepatitis Epidemic

August 3, 2009 8:14 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Representative Michael Honda (D-CA) is introducing bi-partisan legislation in Congress to address a national Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C epidemic impacting America. The bill incorporates the monitoring, testing and research and education provisions contained in the Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C bills from the 110th Congress.

Obama Touts Mayo Model For Health Care Reform

August 3, 2009 7:49 am | News | Comments

by Jeff Hansel ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — President Barack Obama seems to talk more about Mayo Clinic lately than the medical center itself does. Obama points to Mayo as one of the lowest-cost, highest-quality health systems in the country, one he'd like health reformers to emulate. Statistics back that up.

Hospital Adopts UVC Lights For Infection Control, Green Benefits

August 3, 2009 6:51 am | News | Comments

BURBANK, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Steril-Aire, Inc., a manufacturer of germicidal ultraviolet C or UVC devices for HVAC systems, reports that the new Muskogee Community Hospital (Muskogee, Oklahoma) is using its UVC Emitters™ facility-wide in an innovative infection control strategy.

New Technique in Femoral Distraction Saves Time, Increases Efficiency and Reduces Manual Effort During Knee Surgery

July 31, 2009 12:49 pm | by Earl Cole, Product Development Manager, Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One of the more pressing problems facing surgeons is the decreasing availability of surgical assistants. At many hospitals, for example, there are simply no residents on staff, and it is very difficult to enlist another surgeon to assist in surgery. Furthermore, hospitals are less and less willing to dedicate nursing staff to act as assistants.


Being Surgical Superwoman

July 30, 2009 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

“Superwoman”—you may have heard the term before. I’m not referring to a female superhero in full-body spandex and a cape, but the oft-used term to describe the modern woman attempting to balance all aspects of her life—a full-time career while being a mother, wife, etc.


Pandemic Vaccine Fast-Tracking System Years In The Planning

July 29, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

Helen Branswell TORONTO — As pharmaceutical companies rush to make swine flu vaccine, regulators in Canada, the U.S. and Europe are flipping into gear plans they have honed over several years on fast-tracking flu vaccine for a pandemic. The approaches are not identical, but are variations on a theme.


Covidien To Acquire Power Medical Interventions, Inc.

July 29, 2009 6:35 am | Power Medical Interventions Inc | News | Comments

DUBLIN & LANGHORNE, Pa.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jul. 29, 2009-- Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the Company has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Power Medical Interventions, Inc. (OTCBB: PMII), a provider of computer-assisted, power-actuated surgical cutting and stapling products.


Northwest Hospital Introduces Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

July 29, 2009 6:32 am | News | Comments

100 percent oxygen environment helps heal stubborn wounds SEATTLE, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwest Hospital & Medical Center announces the installation of two new, state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers and the launch of hyperbaric oxygen therapy services offered through the Northwest Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.

Company Reaching New Limits In Arthroscopy

July 29, 2009 6:31 am | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- OrthoDynamix LLC announces the US introduction of its new enabling technology that will address joint pain issues from sports injuries, genetic damage and pre-arthritis. ArthroSteer significantly improves access in hip and other arthroscopic procedures.


Surgeon Pioneers Cutting-Edge Laser Back Surgery

July 29, 2009 6:28 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Rezaian has created a method of minimally invasive laser back surgery to treat herniated discs in the spine. Anyone who has experienced the pain involved with a herniated spinal disc knows that it can be excruciating. Since cartilage discs separate the spinal vertebrae and provide cushioning for the impact involved in daily movement, a herniated disc results in extreme pain that can cause immobility.

Video: DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy

July 28, 2009 1:13 pm | Videos | Comments

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 215,000 new cases reported each year in the US alone. The alternative to traditional surgery is DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi discusses his experience with robotic surgery and the advantages and popularity of the procedure.

Innovation That Makes A Difference

July 28, 2009 5:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

What are the top instruments and devices making a difference in the surgical suite? Being a product-based magazine, the staff here at Surgical Products undoubtedly has an appreciation for new and innovative technology. However, a little over a month ago, as we engaged in our annual planning meetings, a discussion arose about the more recent technological growth in surgical products.


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