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Face Transplant Patient Can Feel Daughter's Kisses

April 3, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) The nation's first full face transplant recipient says he can feel his daughter's kisses now, a year after the procedure. Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth, Texas, was at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on Monday to follow up with his transplant team. He says he can use his face more than he expected.

Plastic Surgeon On A Mission To Help Elephant Man-Like Deformity

April 3, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

(PR Newswire) Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, has begun a humanitarian effort to help a Kenyan man afflicted with massive, painful facial tumors known as keloid scars (see images here ). Due to his impoverished situation and the lack of qualified medical care for this condition in Kenya, this patient has been unable to find help.

Walking Can Alleviate Fatigue Following Cancer Operations

April 3, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Researchers have affirmed that pancreatic cancer patients can literally take a step-by-step approach to combat fatigue. A study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons reports that patients who underwent an operation as part of their cancer treatment and then started a regular walking regimen experienced less fatigue than cancer survivors who did not do the walking program.


Surgery Can Improve Outcomes For Kids With Perforated Appendicitis

April 3, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Pediatric surgeons can lower healthcare costs if they remove a young patient's perforated appendix sooner rather than later, according to new study results published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Acute appendicitis, which can precede a perforated appendix, disproportionately affects young people ages 10 to 19.


Attack Of The Grill Brush

April 2, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Rhode Island Hospital physicians have identified six cases of accidental ingestion of wire grill brush bristles that required endoscopic or surgical removal. A new paper calls attention to the need for the public and physicians to be aware of this potential danger. It is published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and is now available online in advance of print.

Mid-Night PCIs Will Not Adversely Affect Procedures The Next Day

April 2, 2012 6:06 am | Comments

A single-center study found that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed during the middle of the night do not adversely affect the safety and effectiveness of procedures performed the next day by the same operator. Findings now available in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), shows late night work while on call does not worsen performance of the interventionist doing PCIs the next day.


Saving Babies Caught In Romanian Corruption

April 2, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

Alison Mutler & Vadim Ghirda, AP Dr. Catalin Cirstoveanu runs a cardio unit with state-of-the-art equipment at a Bucharest children's hospital. But not a single child has been treated in the year-and-a-half since it opened. The reason? The medical staff he needs to run the machinery would have expected bribes.

Helping Doctors Keep That Human Touch

April 2, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. "You can see," he pointed at the screen - weight, blood sugar and cholesterol are too high and rising. The man didn't reveal he was too nearsighted to see those numbers, but he'd quietly volunteered that he'd been ignoring his own health after his wife's death.


Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment Data Presented

March 30, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) (Nasdaq: CSII), today announced results from a study of patients treated for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) with CSI's Diamondback(TM) Orbital Atherectomy System in a non-hospital setting. Dr. Warren Swee, South Florida Vascular Associates, Coconut Creek, Fla.


Randomized Controlled Study Of Surgical Mesh Presented

March 30, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Novus Scientific, manufacturer of TIGR@ MatrixSurgical Mesh, the world's first long-term resorbable (100% absorbable) synthetic mesh, proudly announces the presentation of 12 month TRAM flap data gathered by the Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at NUH Singapore.

Additional Patent For Ophthalmology Reported

March 30, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Omeros Corporation today reported the allowance by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of an additional patent claiming intraocular surgical methods of using OMS302, the Company's ophthalmological PharmacoSurgeryT product. The issued patent will have a term extending through July 2023.


FDA To Re-examine Safety Of Metal Hips

March 30, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day meeting in June to discuss growing safety concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, which recent studies suggest are more likely to fail than traditional plastic hips. Metal hip joints have been under scrutiny due to reports of pain and swelling that have sometimes required removal.

Robotic Surgery Shouldn’t Be Universally Dismissed

March 30, 2012 6:47 am | by Linda A. Kiley, M.D. | Comments

Yes, it’s cool.  The surgical robot is every gamer-cum-surgeon’s dream. However, I, too, was a skeptic regarding incorporating robotic surgery into my practice.  I have been practicing minimally-invasive surgery for over 20 years, including residency.  I became convinced of the value of minimally invasive surgery after observing patients postoperatively.

Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures

March 28, 2012 9:07 am | Stryker | Comments

Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures Stryker has announced the release of System 7 – the next generation of heavy duty surgical power tools for use in total joint procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. System 7 offers the latest in cutting technology with the goal of producing their most dependable and highest performing power tool system.


MEGADYNE Unveils Next-Generation At AORN

March 28, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Power ® Electrosurgical Generator now offers a new faceplate interface with push-button functionality for improved access to all modes. Designed with nurses in mind, the Mega Power offers access to nine mode settings in this single unit. Modes include two proven Coag options as well as a Spray Coag.


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