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Surgeons First To Perform Procedures Prior To Transplant

October 31, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

Surgeons at University of Kentucky HealthCare recently became the first ever to perform two specific procedures together as a bridge to lung transplantation. Wanda Craig, of Lexington, is the first patient in history to receive these procedures, and at the age of 68, she is also the oldest living human to be bridged to transplant using an artificial lung device, also known as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

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Girl Gets $10M After ER Delay Leads To Amputations

October 31, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — The family of a California toddler whose feet, left hand and part of her right hand were amputated because of a lengthy emergency room delay has agreed to a $10 million malpractice settlement. Malyia Jeffers was 2-years-old when her parents took her to Sacramento's Methodist Hospital last November with a fever, skin discoloration and weakness.

Post-Op Breast Surgery Complications More Common In Obese Women

October 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Obese women are at substantially higher risk of complications following breast surgery, according to a study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Obesity is associated with a nearly 12-fold increased odds of a post-operative complication after elective breast procedures," concludes the report by Catherine Lee Chen, MD and colleagues of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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Post-Op Breast Surgery Complications More Common In Obese Women

October 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Obese women are at substantially higher risk of complications following breast surgery, according to a study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Obesity is associated with a nearly 12-fold increased odds of a post-operative complication after elective breast procedures," concludes the report by Catherine Lee Chen, MD and colleagues of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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More Soldiers Survive Serious Vascular Injuries

October 28, 2011 7:16 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A panel presentation at the American College of Surgeons' annual Clinical Congress detailed how the contemporary practice of vascular surgery has evolved during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, resulting in superior outcomes for complex, combat-related vascular injuries, including increased rates of amputation-free survival following extremity wounds.

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Microline Surgical Announces Merger With Starion Instruments

October 28, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Beverly, Mass. – Microline Surgical, a leading manufacturer of reposable instruments for minimally invasive surgery, today announced that it has completed the merger of Starion Instruments™ Corp, a developer of surgical technology for sealing and dividing soft tissue. The merger, effective October 3, 2011, enables Microline to fully leverage Starion’s manufacturing, research and development, customer service and financial operations and sets the stage for future expansion.

NYC Man Pleads Guilty To Kidney Trafficking

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by David Porter, Samantha Henry | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. — A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to what experts said was the first ever proven case of black-market organ trafficking in the United States. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in federal court in Trenton that he had brokered three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

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Hip Surgery Option Loses Key Backer

October 28, 2011 6:50 am | by Barry Meier | Comments

In another controversy involving all-metal hips, an influential group has found that there is insufficient evidence to show that an alternative technique known as hip resurfacing is as safe and effective as a traditional replacement. The group, the California Technology Assessment Forum, reversed a position it took just last year, citing recent findings by orthopedic registries overseas that some resurfacing devices are failing prematurely and health concerns about metallic debris released as the devices wear.

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Lengthen Your Own Limbs

October 26, 2011 9:40 am | by Chris Fox , Product Design & Development | Comments

People who suffer from congenital abnormalities, major fractures, or even cancer have experienced the pain and difficulty of shortened limbs. Living with a shortened limb can cause discomfort, pain, and even cause trauma to other joints and limbs in compensation. In August, Ellipse Technologies announced that it had received FDA marketing clearance for their PRECICE Limb Lengthening device in the United States, bringing a new light to the limb lengthening process.

Why Doesn't the U.S. Have the World's Best Healthcare System?

October 26, 2011 9:27 am | by Gary Schwitzer | Comments

That's the question The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System asks in its report, Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance. A couple indicators from the report include infant mortality, safe care and patient-centered, timely, coordinated care.

Surgery Within Six Months Of Disc Herniation Improves Outcomes

October 26, 2011 9:07 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - A new study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) shows that patients with herniated lumbar disc symptoms were significantly worse if the patients had symptoms for more than six months prior to treatment, compared to those who had symptoms for six months or less.

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Researchers Suggest Methods To Keep Patients From Hospital Returns

October 25, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

October 25, 2011 Closer follow-up and recognizing at-risk patients may improve cardiac and colorectal procedure results SAN FRANCISCO—Studies have shown that patients returning to the hospital soon after they’ve been discharged may cost Medicare up to billions of dollars each year, but two new studies presented at the 2011 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons could give surgical teams and their patients tools to prevent rehospitalizations.

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Surgeons Develop Faster Bacterial Infection Identification

October 25, 2011 9:35 am | Comments

October 25, 2011 Raman spectroscopy technique may lead to more effective treatment for patients with Staph infections SAN FRANCISCO—Surgeons at Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University in Detroit are developing a faster, less expensive method of identifying bacterial infections and determining their antibiotic resistance.

Patricia J. Numann, MD, Installed As 92nd President Of American College Of Surgeons

October 25, 2011 9:30 am | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO—Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Syracuse, NY, was installed as the 92nd President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last night during Convocation ceremonies that preceded the official opening of the College’s 2011 Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA.

Teleflex Introduces the ArrowADVANTAGE5

October 24, 2011 7:31 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) today announced the launch of the ArrowADVANTAGE5 pressure-injectable peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). ArrowADVANTAGE5 provides features clinicians have come to expect in a PICC, plus five unique advantages. The design was developed for clinician ease-of-use, smooth insertion and patient comfort.

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