Even minimally invasive surgery usually requires multiple incisions: one for the camera system showing the way to the surgeon at the console, and others for each of the robotic arms that do the cutting and stitching. Now there are robotic systems — one on the market, others in development — that are even less intrusive. They require only a single, small incision through which the robotic arms and camera enter.
In patients with moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation who were scheduled to undergo bypass surgery, repairing the mitral valve during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) had some benefits, a randomized RIME trial showed.
Heart failure patients with an electrical problem that requires a single-lead pacemaker do better when both ventricles are paced, a randomized trial found. Patients who underwent biventricular pacing had a 26% reduction in the combined endpoint of mortality, heart failure-related urgent care, and worsening heart function.
This year’s Excellence In Surgical Products (ESP) Awards gave readers the difficult task of picking the winners from all of the great submissions received. From the entrants rose three Best of Show products which include a wireless video solution, thermal underscrub shirt and an all-in-one positioning kit.
People who have undergone bariatric surgery may be at greater risk of acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure, researchers reported. In a retrospective analysis of 101 liver failure patients, 54 had disease induced by acetaminophen overdose, and of those 16.7 percent had previous bariatric surgery.
Danish patients who underwent the procedure over a 10-year period were more likely than those who had not received a hip or knee replacement to have an ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke in the first 2 postoperative weeks.
Giving high-dose dexamethasone as a prophylactic during heart surgery didn't reduce cardiovascular events, but it may diminish respiratory failure and infections, researchers found.
In an effort to reduce the small but real risk of stent thrombosis associated with drug-eluting stents, stent makers have turned to devices whose polymer or scaffolding dissolves over time. A series of studies reported at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting highlighted the latest results from bioabsorbable devices.
I vividly remember the first day my medical school classmates and I met our cadavers in the anatomy lab. Large body bags lay on metal tables that had been bolted to the floor. I remember the sheer size of the bags best. No doubt existed in my mind that dead human bodies indeed lay within them. And yet part of me couldn’t quite grasp that I was actually going to soon be unzipping them and cutting into flesh through which blood had once flowed as freely as it now did in mine.
Accessing the coronary arteries via the radial artery in the wrist reduced bleeding and other complications compared with femoral artery access in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a randomized trial found. The 30-day rate of bleeding and access site complications -- defined as a hematoma 15 cm or greater -- was 1.
When I learned recently that I would need cataract surgery, I researched New York City hospital ratings from three well-known sponsors: US News & World Report , the federal government’s Hospital Compare and the Leapfrog Group. After writing about what I discovered , I wondered if perhaps a few measures might offer a clue or two about how to better honcho some of my care, like the one that asks hospital patients if a nurse explained medications given to them.
by Ed Susman In the largest trial ever conducted using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, doctors said they observed an infarct size of 16 percent of the left ventricle using intracoronary delivery and 17 percent using IV administration of abciximab ( P =0.52). "This study demonstrates that, in ST-elevated myocardial infarction patients, intracoronary abciximab did not result in a difference in myocardial damage and/or reperfusion," said Jochen Wöhrle, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Ulm, Germany, in his presentation at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics annual meeting.
The New York Times reports that NYU Law School is planning to change its third-year curriculum to better prepare its graduates for the realities of legal practice today. In case you don’t know, law school graduates are having a tough time finding work and many require on-the-job training to make up for what they didn’t learn in school.
A significant drop in the numbers of lower extremity amputations among patients with peripheral artery disease has occurred since 2000, but wide geographic differences in this practice persist, a national study of Medicare recipients found. Between 2000 and 2008, the rate of amputation throughout the country declined from 7,258 to 5,790 per 100,000 ( P <0.
For younger women diagnosed with cancer, the treatments necessary to treat their disease can also make them infertile. But an experimental procedure is giving those women a second chance, by freezing ovarian tissue before cancer treatment begins.