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Industrial Robots Selected For Advanced Cancer Treatment Program

November 22, 2010 8:00 am | Comments

Adept Technology, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced it is participating in the CLARA (Lyon Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cancer cluster) program with Lyon Civil Hospitals as the robotics component in a method for treating small cancer tumors.

A New Way To Predict Post-Op Blood Clot Risk

November 22, 2010 5:20 am | Comments

Patients undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery should receive a risk assessment before their procedure to predict whether they'll develop potentially fatal blood clots in the legs or lungs, according to research at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers also found that one in nine patients at highest risk based on that assessment will develop clots if not given clot-preventing medications after surgery.

Shockwaves Better Than Surgery For Smaller Kidney Stones In The Ureter

November 19, 2010 5:14 am | Comments

Different techniques should be used to remove single stones that have become lodged in the distal ureter after being expelled by the kidney, depending on whether they are under or above one centimeter, according to the December issue of BJUI . Surgeons from the Department of Urology at University Federico II in Naples, Italy believe that extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses a non-invasive acoustic pulse to break down ureteric stones, should be the treatment of first choice in patients with a stone of up to one centimeter.

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Hospitals: Enter At Your Own Risk

November 19, 2010 4:57 am | Comments

Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay. About 1.5 percent of those patients, or 15,000 people a month, suffered a complication that contributed to their death, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Mobile Device Offers Constant Link Between Patients, Healthcare Pros

November 19, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, today announced a new product concept. The Minder enables continuous, real-time medical data collection and transmission via cellular networks. Increasing the accuracy and frequency of patient data reporting, the Minder demonstrates a new technology solution that the company feels can lower the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care.

The Many Factors Impacting Surgeon Stress Levels

November 19, 2010 4:34 am | Comments

A small study of Japanese surgeons suggests that duration of surgery and the amount of blood loss are associated with increased stress scores, and that night duty is associated with reduced stress arousal scores, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Extra Fat Surrounding Internal Organs Can Lead To Liver Surgery Complications

November 19, 2010 4:11 am | Comments

The amount of intra-abdominal fat appears to be associated with the risk of complications following major liver surgery, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, appearing overweight or having a high body mass index (BMI) were not associated with increased post-surgical risks.

Looking At The Risk Factors, Outcomes Of Retained Objects In Children

November 17, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

Few children leave surgery with a foreign body left inside them, but such events appear most likely to occur during gynecologic operations, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery . This surgical error was associated with longer hospital stays and increased costs, but not with an increased risk of death.

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Robotic Surgery Safe For Complicated Pancreatic Procedures

November 17, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

A study suggests that robotic-assisted surgery involving complex pancreatic procedures can be performed safely in a high-volume facility, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Complex pancreatic surgery remains the final frontier for use of minimally invasive procedures, the authors write as background information in the article.

Computer Imaging Before Rhinoplasty Found Accurate And Useful

November 17, 2010 5:36 am | Comments

Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Safer Surgical Alternative For Heart Defect

November 17, 2010 5:24 am | Comments

A less invasive procedure for treating a congenital heart defect in children is a safe alternative to traditional surgery with no five-year difference in risk of death, and is associated with a 62 percent reduced risk for neurological events (such as strokes or seizures), states a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

Not Waiting For Surgeons Aids Canadian Spine Patients

November 17, 2010 5:06 am | Comments

Ninety-six percent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Additionally, 74 percent were happy to see her rather than wait up to a year to see a surgeon, with less than a quarter of those who preferred to see a surgeon saying that the extra wait was acceptable.

Robotic Platform Aids Spinal Implant Procedure Accuracy

November 16, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics, a developer of surgical robots and complementing products, announced today that Spine , a leading journal in its field, has published the results from a multi-center, retrospective study that found the company's SpineAssist® to be clinically accurate in 98 percent of implant placements in spinal surgery.

Treatment That Includes Surgery Results In Better Blood Flow

November 16, 2010 5:41 am | Comments

Treatment that included early surgical procedures to open blocked arteries resulted in better blood flow to the heart than aggressive medical treatment alone in patients with both diabetes and heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

Boxer's Heart Leads To Surgery, Questions

November 16, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Professional boxer Antonio Margarito is still in the hospital as doctors wait for the swelling on his face to subside enough in order to surgically repair his broken eye socket - a souvenir from his fight Saturday night with the sport's best, Manny Pacquaio. Although the outcome was undisputable from the early going, neither Margarito, his corner or the referee would stop the fight, even as both of his eyes were swollen to the point of near closure due to Pacquaio's constant barrage.

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