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3D Printed Spine Successfully Implanted in 12-Year-Old Boy

August 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Emily Crane, Daily Mail Australia | Comments

Surgeons in China have successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again. Doctors at Peking University Hospital in Beijing first removed a tumor located in the second vertebra of the boy's neck before replacing it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae to allow him to lift his head.

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Bundled Approach to Reduce SSIs in Colorectal Surgery

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | Comments

A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an academic medical center. The study was authored by Jeffrey E. Keenan, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.

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Hip Fracture Surgery Reduces Health Care Costs By More Than 65K

August 27, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

A new study, appearing in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.

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3D Printing in Reconstructive Facial Surgery Must Overcome Reimbursement Challenge

August 27, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Surgical Products Welcomes a New Editor

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

In late July, I became editor of Surgical Products. I went from covering village board meetings, school functions and high school football games to writing about the latest news from the OR. Yes, definitely a career change, and while all of it still seems a little scary to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion – writing and editing.

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Fetal Medicine Leaders Report on 100 Prenatal Surgeries for Spina Bifida

August 27, 2014 10:51 am | Comments

Reporting on 100 recent cases of fetal surgery for spina bifida, specialists at a premier fetal surgery program achieved results similar to those published three years previously in a landmark clinical trial that established a new standard of care for prenatal repair of this birth defect. Spina bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year in the United States.

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Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2014 10:31 am | Comments

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 

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With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts For Surgery

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | Comments

Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. The next step was gender reassignment surgery. For that, Payne, who is now 44, said she needed health coverage. “It is not a simple, easy, magical surgery,” said Payne. “Trying to do this without insurance is a big risk."

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Older Parkinson's Patients No Higher Risk for DBS

August 26, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

Implantating deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report. The findings, published Aug. 25 in the journal JAMA Neurology, ease concerns that patients older than 75 are poorer candidates for DBS because they may be prone to bleeding, infections or other complications that can arise after surgeries.

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Study: Knee Surgery Not Needed for Mild Osteoarthritis

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

Their study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today, says middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery. Doctors need to be carefully weighing the costs and benefits when deciding who should undergo such surgery, says Dr. Moin Khan, principal investigator for the study.

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Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Removal Surgery Growing in US

August 26, 2014 11:19 am | Comments

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries, their costs are decreasing over time.

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Nasal Cell Transplant Leads to Snotty Spine

August 25, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

Surgeons removed cysts layered with actual snot from a 29-year-old woman's back 8 years after transplanting nasal stem cells into her spinal injury, neurosurgeon Brian Dlouhy, MD, of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and colleagues reported.

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Men ‘Humiliated’ After Doctor Posted Photos After Plastic Surgery

August 25, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

Two fashion photographers say their plastic surgeon turned the lens on them when they were just vulnerable patients, then put the post-op pics online for all to see, according to a lawsuit, reported the New York Post.  Shutterbug James Moritz and his partner, Doug Hill, went under the knife of the Upper East Side’s Dr. Douglas Steinbrech in 2012 to improve their “appearance, self-esteem and confidence,” they say in an $18 million lawsuit.

Carolina Panthers' Star's Son Facing Third Surgery in 22 Months

August 25, 2014 11:35 am | Comments

T.J. Olsen has dealt with more health complications during his first 22 months than most adults will in their entire lives. The son of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen faces another big battle this week. T.J., who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect, will undergo his third and final open-heart surgery Monday. The first procedure was just two days after his birth, and the second was last summer.

Heart Surgery Can Increase Depression Risk

August 25, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn’t just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson’s disease. Rarely mentioned, though, is the open-heart surgery he’d undergone five years ago.

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