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Multicenter Human Trial For NOTES® Enrolling Patients

March 25, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research® (NOSCAR®), a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), announces that institutions selected to participate in a multicenter human trial on transoral and transvaginal cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal) using Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery® (NOTES®) are enrolling patients to take part in the study.

Paving The Way For ‘Freckle’ Surgery

March 25, 2011 5:48 am | Transenterix, Inc. | Comments

TransEnterix, which is changing the surgical landscape with its innovative SPIDER® Surgical System, has unveiled a new set of minimally invasive instruments for surgeons. Called the SPIDER MicroLapinstruments, the new line includes all of the familiar tools surgeons use during laparoscopic procedures – only in TransEnterix’s case, each instrument is 2.

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Nevada Doctor Says Vendor OK'd Needle Guide Reuse

March 25, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada urologist accused of improperly reusing needle guides during biopsies says he did it based on instructions from a vendor. Lawyers for Dr. Michael Kaplan say in a half-page ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the doctor was told reusing the plastic guides was perfectly safe.

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Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Operated On Gadhafi

March 25, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

Stan Lehman, Associated Press In this photo provided by Brazilian doctor Liacyr Ribeiro, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, left, and Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro pose for a photo in Tripoli, Libya in 1994. Riberio, a noted Brazilian plastic surgeon, says that he performed middle-of-the night cosmetic surgery on Gadhafi deep inside one of the leader's bunkers 16 years ago.

Reducing Sudden Heart-Related Deaths In Athletes

March 23, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Seemingly every year there are reports of a young, apparently healthy athlete dying on the court or playing field. The sudden death of Wes Leonard, a junior at Fennville High School, who died of cardiac arrest from an enlarged heart on March 3, may have parents and coaches wondering if enough is being done to identify athletes at risk for dying suddenly.

Titan Announces Letter Of Intent For Testing Amadeus Robotic Surgical Platform

March 23, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario, Canada, for testing and evaluation of their Amadeus Robotic Surgical Platform. Under the terms of the letter of intent, LHSC will test and evaluate Titan's surgeon console and its component sub-systems (including vision system, telecommunication system, hand controllers, simulated instrumentation and ergonomic interface) and will provide the company with detailed reports.

Court Hears Claim Of Forced Sterilization

March 23, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

(AP) — Europe's human rights court has opened a hearing into a Gypsy woman's allegation that she was wrongly and forcibly sterilized at a state-run hospital in her native Slovakia because of her ethnicity. The case at the European Court of Human Rights centers on allegations that a semi-official policy of forced sterilization of Gypsies — who prefer to be called Roma — in eastern Europe during the Communist era lingered in some areas after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Artificial Disc Replacement Offers Cost, Outcome Advantages Over Fusion Surgery

March 23, 2011 5:44 am | Comments

When physical therapy and drugs fail to relieve back or neck pain, patients often turn to spinal fusion surgery as a last resort, but two new studies show that in certain situations, especially when several discs are involved, artificial disc replacement may give better long-term results at lower cost.

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Trauma Patients Protected From "Weekend Effect"

March 22, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Patients who've been hurt in car or bike crashes, been shot or stabbed, or suffered other injuries are more likely to live if they arrive at the hospital on the weekend than during the week, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research published in the Archives of Surgery .

Significant Number See Poor Long-Term Results With Gastric Banding

March 22, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

In a study of 82 patients who were evaluated 12 or more years after undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity, a majority of patients reported that they were satisfied with the procedure, although approximately 40 percent experienced major complications and nearly half required removal of their bands, according to a report posted online that will appear in the July print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Anthem Blue Cross Delays $40 Million Rate Hike

March 22, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

(AP) — Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health plan in California, said Monday it will delay and reduce rate hikes that would have hit some 600,000 policyholders at an estimated cost of $40 million. Anthem is one of four major health insurers in the state who earlier agreed to put off premium increases for at least 60 days at the request of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Periocular Treatment Aids Patients With Facial Paralysis

March 22, 2011 5:21 am | Comments

Patients with facial paralysis who underwent surgical treatment for a condition that leaves them unable to completely close their eyes reported improvement in comfort around the eyes and overall quality of life, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Boston Hospital Performs First U.S. Full Face Transplant

March 21, 2011 7:17 am | Comments

(AP) — A construction worker badly disfigured in a power line accident two years ago has received the United States' first full face transplant at a Boston hospital. More than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led by plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, performed the 15-hour operation last week on 25-year-old Dallas Wiens.

Kidney Cancer Patients Healthier With Partial Organ Removal

March 21, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

Patients with kidney cancer who had their entire organ removed were more likely to have more renal complications and poorer health after surgery, compared to those who had only part of their kidney removed, a study has shown. Ronald Moore, a professor in the Department of Surgery, a senior scholar funded by Alberta Innovates and a practising surgeon, studied 1,151 kidney cancer cases in Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, with his colleagues Scott Klarenbach, an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions investigator and associate nephrology professor, as well as Branko Braam, an associate nephrology professor and a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada new investigator.

Men Fueling Plastic Surgery Rebound

March 21, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that more men are having plastic surgery. Overall cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up two percent in 2010 compared to 2009. However, many male surgical procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent and male liposuction increased seven percent.

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