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Better Diagnostics Could Reduce Surgical Risks

August 19, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

New research from Neurologist Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontario has shown that using 3-D ultrasound to identify ulcers in the carotid arteries is an effective way to pinpoint the small number of high-risk patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) who would benefit from surgery to prevent stroke.

Device No Better Than Cheaper Alternatives For Intraoperative Awareness

August 19, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Anesthesiology researchers have shown that a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk that patients will recall their surgery does not lower the risk of the problem, known as intraoperative awareness, any more than a less expensive method. The new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine , involved more than 6,000 surgical patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Study Raises Doubts About Pre-Op Heart Ultrasound

August 19, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

A new study has found no evidence that patients who had a heart ultrasound known as an echocardiogram before major surgery had improved survival rates one month or one year after their operation. Some groups of patients actually had worse survival rates, according to Dr. Duminda Wijeysundera, a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St.

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Jury Ready For Amputation Lawsuit

August 19, 2011 5:20 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP Opening arguments will be heard Monday in the civil trial of a Kentucky man who is suing a surgeon who amputated his penis four years ago. A jury was swiftly seated in a Shelbyville courtroom Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Phillip Seaton and his wife Deborah. They sued Dr.

Only 1 In 5 Malpractice Cases Pay

August 19, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Only one in five malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. While doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. The study also found that each year about one in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians, as well as virtually every surgeon, will face at least one in their career.

Nerve Identification Technique Ensures Fewer Complications

August 17, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

During thyroidectomy (surgery to remove the thyroid gland), the technique surgeons use to identify an important nerve appears to make a difference in terms of complications such as impairment of the parathyroid glands (which make a hormone that controls calcium levels), according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Titan Medical Announces Financial Results/Progress

August 17, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced finanical information relating to the company's performance progress. Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The momentum created in the first quarter has carried over into the second quarter and we are very proud of our accomplishments to date. We established several industry leading relationships, including Crouse Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Sense Graphics, which enable us to proceed with development and testing of Amadeus Composer.

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Gadhafi's Troops Using Hospital As A Base

August 17, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Karin Laub, AP The day Libyan rebels advanced into the strategic city of Zawiya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces clamped down on the local hospital. They forced doctors to perform hours of consecutive surgeries, put snipers on the roof and an anti-aircraft gun near the entrance, two doctors who managed to escape said Tuesday.

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Stryker Teams With OrthoSensor For New Surgical Platform

August 17, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics Division and OrthoSensor, Inc., a leader in intelligent orthopaedics, today announced an agreement in which OrthoSensor will provide the OrthoSensorT Knee Trial, designed for use with Stryker's Triathlon Knee System. The trial looks to provide quantitative, intra-operative feedback to surgeons in optimizing joint balance during total knee arthroplasty.

Laser Safe For Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgery

August 16, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

A new study has shown that a Flexible-Fiber CO2 laser can safely cut and coagulate during endoscopic assisted transsphenoidal craniotomies (TSC) without the line of sight problems encountered with conventional CO2 lasers. The findings, reported by researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), appear in the July/August issue of World Neurosurgery .

World MRSA Day Fights For Global Action And Awareness

August 16, 2011 7:02 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action. "The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day.

DIY Battlefield Medicine Saving Lives

August 16, 2011 6:52 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP When Army Ranger Leroy Petry's hand was blown off by a grenade as he was saving his comrades in battle, he knew just what to do. He used his remaining hand to twist a tourniquet around his arm to avoid bleeding to death. Sgt. 1st Class Petry, awarded the Medal of Honor last month, was with a regiment trained in do-it-yourself battlefield treatment.

One-Fourth Consider Plastic Surgery Between 10 - 15 Years-Old

August 16, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Liberate Cosmetic Surgery has discovered that 25 percent of women surveyed started to first consider cosmetic surgery between the ages of 10 and 15 years-old. The survey's respondents were 3,000 British women between 18 and 30 years-old. Paul Banwell, consultant plastic surgeon at Liberate commented, "There is no doubt that more and more younger people are considering cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation still remains the number one procedure.

New Hope For Wrist Surgery Patients

August 15, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - Dr. James Higgins, Chief of Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center, was honored by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery with the prestigious Godina Traveling Fellowship last year.  After completing a clinical and research tour of hand centers worldwide, he applied his knowledge to a procedure never performed in the U.

In Support Of Robotic Surgery

August 15, 2011 6:56 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Robotics are helping surgeons make great strides in the medical arena, and the advanced technology used in robotic prostatectomy procedures delivers many benefits to both surgeon and patient. However, in recent news, there is some scrutiny on the frequency of its use. Further, some critics are cautioning patients against the mass marketing of robotic surgery and its benefits.

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