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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.

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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.

Robotic Surgery Not Always Worth It

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery results in similar clinical outcomes, compared with robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, but at a significantly lower cost, concludes a new retrospective analysis of a large, national data-base. While the promotion of robot-assisted surgery has increased over the years, the study, a retrospective review of 36,188 patient records from 358 hospitals, found the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure costs $2,667 more, on average for inpatient procedures and $1,971 more for outpatient procedures, than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with no significant improvement in clinical outcomes.

Cardinal Health Steps Up Efforts To Green More ORs

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

Cardinal Health today announced that it has joined the group of founding corporate sponsors supporting the Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room (GOR) Initiative, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of operating suites in hospitals across the country. "With its GOR Initiative, Practice Greenhealth is bringing together the forward-thinking stakeholders in the health care supply chain to provide guidance that can help hospitals utilize operating room resources more effectively and reduce the volume of waste generated there," said Marc Mullen, senior vice president and general manager of Presource® at Cardinal Health.

Total Thyroidectomy Underused For Treating Cancer In Children

November 16, 2010 4:41 am | Comments

Thyroid cancer is the third most common malignancy in children, and the incidence is rising approximately one percent per year.  Now, a new analysis published in the October issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology indicates that although the proportion of young patients undergoing total thyroidectomy (TT) increased by 34 percent between 1985 and 2007, a variety of hospital and patient factors—including disparities in access to surgeons and state-of-the-art care—affect whether a child actually receives this procedure or another less extensive operation.

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World First For Robotic Heart Procedure

November 15, 2010 6:42 am | Comments

The world's first remote heart procedure, using a robotic arm alongside 3-D mapping, is due to take place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. It comes six months after Dr Andre Ng carried out the first ever remote catheter ablation procedure using the Amigo Robotic Catheter System. Dr Ng, is senior lecturer at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Glenfield Hospital.

NFL: There's No Perfect Helmet

November 15, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP As Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson prepared to return last weekend from his second concussion in less than a year, he was given a special, new helmet. While he hoped to be better protected, the helmet's maker certainly wouldn't — and couldn't — guarantee Jackson will be completely safe from brain injuries.

The Potential Guilt Of Live Donor Transplants

November 15, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Pauline Arrillaga, AP There is a movie that plays over and over in Chad Arnold's mind. It starts with the urgent call from down the hall: "Code blue. Room 601." Then Ryan's wife running into his own hospital room. Her words to his sister: "I need you." Chad, still a jumble of IVs after the liver transplant, wresting himself from his bed and making his way just a few doors down to the room of his brother, his savior.

Top U.S. Hospitals For Heart Care

November 15, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

PRNewswire- Thomson Reuters has released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. According to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at Thomson Reuters, the recognized facilities " deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer re-admissions, and lower costs - which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve.

Twice The Asset

November 15, 2010 5:55 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Comments

In technical terms “hybrid” is a system that connects two technologies so they may benefit from each other. This also applies to the newest generation of operating theaters: Hybrid ORs combine diagnostic and surgical facilities which are usually found in separate locations. Thus procedures can be carried out in less time and involve less discomfort and risk for the patient.

New Blood Thinner Better For The Heart

November 15, 2010 5:33 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP A study finds that a new and easier-to-use blood thinner prevents strokes in people with a common heart rhythm problem as well as Coumadin does, and without an increase in bleeding or side effects. The drug is called rivaroxaban (riv-ah-ROCKS-ah-ban). It was tested against warfarin, the generic version of Coumadin, in more than 14,000 people with atrial fibrillation.

Doctors Brace For Possible Big Medicare Pay Cuts

November 12, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. The potential cuts have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec.

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