Advertisement
News
Subscribe to Surgical Products Magazine News
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

Surgical Products Daily

Formerly Conjoined Twins Thriving

May 1, 2012 8:19 am | Comments

(AP) Doctors have given a clean bill of health to two-year-old twins who were born attached at the chest and abdomen and who underwent separation surgery at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital six months ago. Angelina and Angelica Sabuco were the guests of honor at a coming out party Monday attended by some of the 40 doctors and nurses who cared for them during last fall's 10-hour surgery and two-week hospital stay.

Pre-Op Video Can Help Patients

May 1, 2012 8:13 am | Comments

A patient education process may provide an antidote to the emotional and physical difficulties that lung cancer patients face before and after an operation, according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Specifically, researchers report that lung procedure patients who watched a 30-minute preparation video reported less anxiety about the procedure, less physical pain after the operation, and higher rates of overall satisfaction with the operative experience.

U.S. Newborns With Drug Withdrawal Triples

May 1, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers.

Advertisement

Case Represents Midwife Tension In Hospitals

May 1, 2012 7:53 am | Comments

John Miller, AP Midwives and doctors are longtime rivals in the politics governing where women should give birth - home or hospital. But that tension, typically played out privately between pregnant women and their healthcare providers, was laid bare this month in the case of two Idaho midwives suspended by the state after three babies died during a 14-month period between 2010 and 2011.

PolyTouch Medical Acquired by Covidien

April 30, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) PolyTouch Medical Ltd., a leading developer of hernia mesh placement technologies, has been acquired by Covidien. PolyTouch developed a device for the precise and rapid deployment and placement of mesh during laparoscopic soft tissue repair procedures. PatchAssist was further developed to become AccuMesh, an innovative endomechanical device facilitating insertion, deployment and placement of mesh during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.

TOPICS:

Cost Study Shows Timing Crucial In Appendectomies

April 30, 2012 6:56 am | Comments

Removing a child's ruptured appendix sooner rather than later significantly lowers hospital costs and charges, according to a recently published study. An estimated $10,000 in hospital charges was saved when pediatric general surgeons removed the ruptured appendix within the first 24 hours, compared to the alternative treatment, called an interval appendectomy, which involved removing the appendix six-eight weeks later.

Study Reports Gender And Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Board Certification

April 30, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

2 An analysis of a national cohort of recent medical school graduates may provide insight into why women and graduates of some minority groups are relatively underrepresented among general surgeons, particularly those certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).  The researchers found that general surgery graduate trainees in selected population groups are more likely to go off the general surgery career path and into other medical specialties or, if they remain in surgery, are more likely not to complete the surgery board-certification process, according to a report published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

New Non-Surgical Treatment For Pediatric Neuroblastoma

April 30, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) A nationwide study led by Dr. Jed Nuchtern, chief of the division of pediatric surgery at Texas Children's Hospital and professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, found that the majority of infants with a particular form of neuroblastoma - a childhood tumor that often requires intensive chemotherapy and surgery - excel in their overall progress and survival when the tumor is monitored without surgical resection.

Advertisement

Kidney Transplanted Twice in Two Weeks

April 27, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time,a kidney that had been donated to a patient in need was removed and implanted into a new patient, the third individual to have the organ, after it failed in the first transplant recipient. Ray Fearing, a 27-year-old Arlington Heights resident received the organ from his sister, Cera, after a long battle with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease in which scar tissue develops on the part of the kidney that filters waste out of the blood, ultimately causing kidney failure.

Atrial Fibrillation Should Be Treated When Performing Cardiac Surgery

April 27, 2012 4:56 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent study conducted by Northwestern Medicine@ researchers published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, reveals that patients with an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) who are undergoing cardiac surgery, have a lower long-term survival rate compared with patients who are in sinus rhythm, which is the normal beating of the heart.

TOPICS:

Atrial Fibrillation Should Be Surgically Treated When Performing Cardiac Surgery

April 27, 2012 4:55 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent study conducted by Northwestern Medicine@ researchers published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, reveals that patients with an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) who are undergoing cardiac surgery, have a lower long-term survival rate compared with patients who are in sinus rhythm, which is the normal beating of the heart.

TOPICS:

CEO Charged With Overbilling For Spinal Implants

April 27, 2012 4:49 am | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a San Francisco-based firm drastically overbilled taxpayers for government employee spinal implants. Santa Clara County prosecutors filed fraud charges on Wednesday against 67-year-old Implantium chief Trudy Maurer and the firm's 39-year-old medical director Tigram Shahsuvarya.

Titleholder Of Longest With Bullet In Head Dies

April 27, 2012 4:45 am | Comments

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — The man who holds the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head has died in Central California at age 103. The Modesto Bee reports that William Lawlis Pace died in his sleep at a Turlock nursing home Monday — 94 years and six months after his older brother accidentally shot him with their father's .

Rebates From Healthcare Law Will Top $1 Billion

April 27, 2012 4:40 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3 million health insurance policyholders and thousands of employers will share $1.3 billion in rebates this year, thanks to President Barack Obama's health care law, a nonpartisan research group said Thursday. The rebates should average $127 for the people who get them, and Democrats are hoping they'll send an election-year message that Obama's much-criticized health care overhaul is starting to pay dividends for consumers.

Outpatient Surgery Patients At Risk For Dangerous Blood Clots

April 25, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

A University of Michigan Health System study examined who’s having outpatient surgery in the U.S. today, and showed 1 in 84 highest-risk patients suffers a dangerous blood clot after surgery. Hospitalized patients are often warned of the possibility of venous thromboembolism, which include blood clots that can form in the veins and travel to the lungs.

TOPICS:

Pages

X
You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
Loading