In a review of three different surgical techniques commonly used for tonsillectomy, the microdebrider technique (where a rotary cutting tool is used to shave tissue) had the lowest overall complication rate when compared to the other two techniques. The results are shown in new research published in the June issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .
Men who refuse surgery for prostate cancer and instead opt for monitoring progression without undergoing treatment have a significantly worse long-term survival rate than those patients that choose radiotherapy, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study found that patients who refused any treatment for their prostate cancer had a 10-year overall survival rate of 51 percent, compared to 68 percent for those who chose radiation treatment.
Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers say. The procedure, transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, is generally reserved for those who have failed to respond to drug treatment or who cannot tolerate the medications.
Sound Surgical Technologies announces the launch of the new VASER Lipo System. The original VASER@ System was designed to provide patients with smooth, predictable results and fast recovery, while also allowing physicians to perform a wide array of body contouring applications. Now, the new VASER System has been re-engineered to improve the overall experience for physicians and provide even greater versatility for body contouring procedures.
Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, finds that 25% of the 150 orthopedic surgeons surveyed in its newest Physician Forum publication plan to reduce their usage of metal-on-metal hip implants over the next twelve months. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been the subject of close media scrutiny in recent months due to reports of metal debris and soft-tissue damage resulting in revision surgeries in some patients.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP For the third time this year, Congress is scrambling to stave off a hefty pay cut to doctors treating Medicare patients, even as the Obama administration mails out a glossy brochure to reassure seniors the health care program is on solid ground. The 21.3 percent cut will take effect June 1 unless lawmakers intervene in the next few days.
Roxana Hegeman, AP A Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs linked to 68 deaths testified that he knew some patients had died from overdoses, but his clinic changed its practices to prevent future overdoses. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were charged in a 34-count indictment with illegally prescribing drugs and committing health care fraud and money laundering.
A state-of-the-art heart pump recently approved for use in end-stage cardiac patients has a significantly lower risk for infection than an earlier model of the device, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Known as a left ventricular assist device, the newest version of the HeartMate is much smaller than the first and uses a tiny turbine with synthetic ruby bearings, lubricated by the blood itself, to continually push blood through the body.
In 1989 a 29-year-old Michael Schrader couldn’t envision wanting more—that is, more children. Taking steps to keep his nuclear family intact, he underwent a vasectomy. Divorce later frayed this family portrait, but in the years that followed, Schrader would revisit the issue of having children with his soon to be second wife.
According to the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, a surgical treatment generally used on patients with tumors and brain disorders could put a stop to incessant nosebleeds. The surgery involves injecting coils into the arteries of the nose through arteries in the leg. For most people pressure and tissues work, but about one percent of the population – generally older adults on blood thinners – suffer from uncontrollable nosebleeds severe enough that surgery may be considered.
A cancer patient who has a phobia of hospitals should be forced to undergo a life-saving operation if necessary, a British judge recently ruled. He added that doctors could forcibly sedate the 55-year-old woman, who he feels lacks the capacity to make decisions about her health. Doctors feel she would die if her ovaries and fallopian tubes were not removed, as she was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year.
Pediatric researchers report that a recently introduced surgical procedure offers infants with severely underdeveloped hearts a better chance at surviving during their first year of life, in comparison to the standard surgery. Heart surgeons from 15 centers in the federally sponsored Pediatric Heart Network studied the outcomes in 549 newborns who received a complex series of surgeries for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
According to recent finings from HealthGrades, the number of bariatric surgeries being performed in the U.S. continues to rise, but the quality and safety of these procedures varies widely from one hospital to another, the study states. Overall rates of risk-adjusted, in-hospital complications and mortality related to obesity surgery are decreasing, according to the study.
JenaValve™ Technology, Inc., a medical device company specializing in transcatheter valve implantation systems, has announced completion of its first-in-man procedures for its transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system. The procedures and implantations were uccessfully performed in nine patients in Leipzig, Germany.