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3D Printing Aids in Complex Brain Surgery of Brazilian Baby

September 5, 2014 10:55 am | by Eddie Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com | Comments

Dr. Hélio Rubens Machado, a neurosurgeon at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was recently faced with quite the challenge, in performing surgery on a young child who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. With the help of CTI though, he was able to take a 3D scan of the child’s head and brain, and then 3D print it out to use as a reference prior to, and during surgery.

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Study: Breast Surgery A Definitive And Safe Treatment For Elderly

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

A study conducted by National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) has shown that age per se is not a contraindication to breast cancer surgery, and such surgeries may be safely performed for women aged 80 years and above. The study explores the safety of breast cancer surgery in women aged 80 years and above.

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Reconstructive Surgery: Many Options After Bone Cancer Treatment

September 4, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Most people having bone cancer might consider having plastic or reconstructive surgery after treatment. This helps in repairing the damage resulting from the cancerous tumor being removed from the cartilage, bone, surrounding soft tissues and ligaments. The process of removing the cancer can result in the patient being scarred and disfigured and plastic or reconstructive surgery could be necessary to repair the damage.

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Surgery Could Be Breakthrough For Epilepsy Sufferers

September 4, 2014 11:41 am | by Jocelyn Maminta | Comments

There’s a breakthrough in surgery for epilepsy patients, reported wtnh.com Wednesday. And, Yale New Haven Hospital is the only one in the Northeast, offering it. It is the end of a long journey and the beginning of a hopeful one for Chelsea Murallo, living with epilepsy since she was two-years-old. She is in early on this Tuesday, prepping for innovative brain surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Retired Military Dog Needs Help For Livesaving Surgery

September 4, 2014 11:23 am | by CBS Denver | Comments

He is a retired military working dog who only has a few months left to live — unless he gets a lifesaving operation that will cost thousands of dollars, reported CBS Denver on Wednesday. Kay now lives in Brighton, Colo.,  but spent years in the military, and his owners say euthanization just isn’t an option — so they’re turning to the public for help.

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Surgery On Ailing Great Dane Yields 43 ½ Socks

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43 ½ socks.

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Bariatric Accreditation Linked to Improved Rates of Patient Survival and Fewer Complications

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to new study findings.

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3M Partners With Premier on Catheter Contracts

September 3, 2014 5:04 pm | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions announced last week that it has reached a group purchasing agreement with health care alliance company Premier, Inc. for multiple catheter securement and stability products.

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Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers May Not Benefit From Cartilage Surgery

September 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by the American Council on Science and Health | Comments

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, the most commonly affected area being the knee. Many of those affected suffer from degenerative meniscal tears, which are sometimes treated with surgery. However, a new meta-analysis found that arthroscopic surgery for these tears was not associated with improvement in function of or pain in the knee.

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Hospital Mix-up: Florida Woman Has Surgery For Cancer She Never Had

September 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel | Comments

A Winter Park, Fla., woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to order Florida Hospital to surrender records documenting a lab mix-up that resulted in a false cancer diagnosis and the removal of a section of her rectum, reported the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

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Surgery Prices Spike With Innovation and Consolidation

September 3, 2014 11:21 am | by Bill Briggs, NBC News | Comments

The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of data collected for NBC News. Surgery has bloomed into a $500 billion industry in the United States, where 80 to 100 million procedures are performed annually — a per-capita rate that’s some 50 percent higher than in the European Union.

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J-Plasma® Wins Innovation of the Year From Surgeons

September 3, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

Bovie Medical, a maker of medical devices and supplies and the developer of J-Plasma®, a patented new surgical product, announced that J-Plasma® has been recognized as an Innovation of the Year by The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).

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Double Mastectomy Doesn't Boost Survival For Most

September 3, 2014 10:47 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.

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How Well Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

The number of bariatric surgeries done each year in the United States has ballooned. Now, in an August 27 state-of-the-art review in The BMJ and a September 3 editorial in JAMA, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, weighs the evidence on the benefits and risks of the various types of this surgery.

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SSIs May Occur Less After Minimally Invasive Surgery

September 2, 2014 12:17 pm | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery is associated with fewer surgical-site infections than is open surgery, according to a new observational study of tens of thousands of patients, reported Rueters Health on Tuesday. "Physicians should consider the adoption of minimally invasive approaches in order to reduce the risk of surgical site infections," said lead author Dr. Giorgio Gandaglia.

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