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Surgeon Removes Kidney Through Patient’s Belly Button

February 25, 2011 6:27 am | Transenterix, Inc. | Comments

Using SPIDER® Surgical System, Dr. Raymond J. Leveillee performs UHealth’s first single-incision nephrectomy February 25, 2011 A surgeon at UHealth-the University of Miami Health System recently removed a patient’s kidney through her belly button, leaving no visible scar.

Tainted IV Fluid Kills 12 Pregnant Women In India

February 25, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

Prakash Bhandari, Associated Press JAIPUR, India (AP) — Contaminated intravenous fluid is suspected in the deaths of 12 pregnant women at a government hospital in northwestern India, police and health authorities said Friday. Doctors are battling to save the lives of four more women who fell critically ill after being given the fluid in the maternity ward, hospital superintendent Narendra Chhangani said.

Hamstring Grafts Prove More Effective In ACL Knee Reconstruction

February 23, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Patients receiving anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction with a hamstring tendon graft rather than a knee tendon graft were less likely to suffer from pain and mobility issues 15 years after surgery, said researchers presenting a study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day.

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Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Study Reveals Some Surprises

February 23, 2011 5:09 am | Comments

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is highly effective and provides durable results five years after surgery, according to a large, prospective study by Hospital for Special Surgery investigators. The study also surprisingly revealed that the rotator cuff has the ability to heal even when early imaging studies have found a defect at the site of repair.

Famed Neurosurgeon's Century-Old Notes Reveal Admissions Of Error

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

The current focus on medical errors isn't quite as new as it seems. A Johns Hopkins review of groundbreaking neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing's notes, made at the turn of the last century, has turned up copious documentation of his own surgical mishaps as well as his suggestions for preventing those mistakes in the future.

American Legion: St. Louis VA Acted Quickly, Correctl

February 23, 2011 4:34 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - The Department of Veterans Affairs acted swiftly and correctly to temporarily suspend surgeries earlier this month at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis after stains and water spots were noticed on some medical trays and one surgical instrument, American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster stated.

Mom Gives Birth In Hospital Elevator

February 23, 2011 4:26 am | Comments

A Kansas newborn could be well equipped to face the ups and downs of life: She was born in a hospital elevator. Alyssa Lynn Leming arrived as her parents rushed through the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, some 50 miles west of Kansas City. Crystal Leming says it took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the birth of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl whom they have nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival.

Misguided Perceptions On Tommy John Surgery

February 22, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

Despite known risks and outcomes of the common elbow procedure known as Tommy John surgery, parents, coaches and players still have incorrect assumptions regarding player performance, say researchers presenting their study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day.

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Study Shows Young Patients May Benefit From Microfracture Knee Procedures

February 22, 2011 6:40 am | Comments

Surgical treatment using microfracture for pediatric knee injury repair may improve activity outcomes, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day. The study shows that patients are able to regain function and return to a normal activity level following surgery and rehabilitation.

Gastric Bypass Offers Better Outcomes Than Similar Surgeries

February 22, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery appears to lead to better long-term results that include greater weight loss, resolution of diabetes and improved quality of life compared with sleeve gastrectomy and lap-band surgery, according to two reports in the February issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

More Companies Covering Transgender Surgery

February 22, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

Lisa Leff, AP When Gina Duncan decided to undergo the medical treatment that would make her a woman, she had plenty to fear. The reactions of her children, her professional colleagues and friends. How her body would respond to hours on the operating table. If, at the end of it, she would look female enough so strangers wouldn't gawk.

Brain Pacemakers Could Zap Psychiatric Diseases

February 22, 2011 6:06 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Called brain pacemakers, these tiny implants hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases — if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them. Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, has proved a powerful way to block the tremors of Parkinson's disease, but blocking mental illness isn't nearly as easy a task.

Study Explores Dancer's Ability To Return After Hip Arthroscopy

February 18, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

1 A new study has identified factors that predict the ability of a professional dancer to return to professional performance after hip arthroscopy surgery. The study by Hospital for Special Surgery investigators was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The results indicated that ballet dancers were significantly less likely to be able to return to work compared with modern dancers or dance theater performers.

9,500 Annual ED Visits Related To Cribs, Playpens And Bassinets

February 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Parents and caregivers have traditionally relied on cribs, playpens and bassinets to protect children while they sleep. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined injuries associated with cribs, playpens and bassinets among children younger than two years of age from 1990 through 2008.

Device Regulator Faces Critics From Both Sides

February 18, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is approving medical devices too slowly. Or too quickly — depending on whom you ask. House lawmakers heard both arguments last week at a hearing examining the FDA's regulation of U.S. medical devices, a $120-billion industry that includes everything from hospital beds to heart pumps.

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