The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a San Antonio woman could not sue her doctor over a surgical sponge left inside her body because she waited too long to file suit. The patient failed to file the suit less than 10 days after the surgery, which conflicts with a tort reform law. Lawyers for the patient argued that the statute of repose violates the Texas Constitution's open courts provision, which guarantees access to the legal system for those with a valid claim, because she did not have a legitimate chance to discover the cause of her chronic illnesses until exploratory surgery revealed an old sponge lodged in her abdomen.
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has recently made some interesting announcements regarding ACL and elbow surgeries. Eighty-four percent of children 18 and younger had successful clinical outcomes during an eight-year follow-up to repair a torn meniscus at the same time as reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according to a new study.
A new clinical trial, EXCEL (Evaluation of Xience Prime versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery for Effectiveness of Left Main Revascularization), will compare drug-eluting stents to coronary artery bypass graft surgery in patients with left main coronary artery disease. “While the SYNTAX trial suggested that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents may be safe and effective in selected patients with left main coronary artery disease, the trial was not powered specifically to address this set of patients,” said Gregg W.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans — maybe even President Barack Obama — are being overtreated. Is it doctors practicing defensive medicine? Or are patients so accustomed to a culture of medical technology that they insist on extensive tests and treatments? A combination of both is at work, but now new evidence and guidelines are recommending a step back and more thorough doctor-patient conversations about risks and benefits.
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients may be able to participate in high-impact sports without increasing risk of early implant failure, according to a new study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In addition, the authors observed better clinical scores in the group of patients who participated in activities discouraged by the Knee Society (KS) than those of the control group.
Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is successful for pain management, but in many patients it does not result in full recovery of function. New research shows an approved therapy for osteoporosis, use of the drug Forteo, may speed healing and improve patient outcomes. The preliminary study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in New Orleans.
Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience changes in their urine composition that increase their risk of developing kidney stones, suggests research from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators. A new study, published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology , found that some of these urinary changes place weight-loss surgery patients at higher risk for developing kidney stones than obese patients who do not undergo the procedure.
St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, is facing lawsuits and a pair of federal investigations related to its cardiac care business, has informed another 169 heart patients that they received expensive and potentially dangerous treatments they might not have needed. The additional cases brings the total number to 538 patients that have been notified by St.
Replication Medical, Inc., a developer of proprietary, hydrogel-based products for the spine and other surgical applications, recently announced that it has received a CE mark for its GelFix Posterior Spinal Distraction implant. The GelFix device is a one-piece posterior spinal implant made from HPAN, a biocompatible hydrogel which exhibits desirable mechanical properties, including compressive resistance with a dynamic response.
According to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Smith received just under $4.2 million in total compensation, down 56 percent from 2008. His salary rose 2.4 percent to $508,700 while his performance bonus fell 2.1 percent to $382,000. Meanwhile, he received stock options worth just under $3.
CHICAGO (Reuters) Researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by five pounds per year. The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine , suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.
Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation. Trends identified by ASAPS included: 311,957 breast augmentations were performed.
Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March issue of Medical Care , researchers evaluated a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.
Physicians would be better prepared for the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and more in step with the latest in patient-care if they added an important tool to their medical arsenal – a plan for how to keep pace with emerging health-care advances. That is the finding of a national study published online in the journal Academic Pediatrics .
Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division unveiled two of its latest hip systems at this year's annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference. The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the ADM Mobile Bearing Acetabular System with X3 aim to increase implant durability and stability, enhance patient mobility and give surgeons greater choice and efficiency in the operating room.