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Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision To Surgery

September 11, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica, a team of researchers has developed a powerful technique to focus laser light through even the murkiest of surroundings without the need for a guide star. This innovation, a specialized version of an adaptive optics microscope, can resolve a point less than one thousandth of a millimeter across.

SSIs May Occur Less After Minimally Invasive Surgery

September 2, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery is associated with fewer surgical-site infections than is open...

SP Interview: Cohera Medical Introduces TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

September 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In a recent interview with Surgical Products, Cohera Medical President and CEO Patrick Daly and...

Barrel Racing Woman Undergoes Remarkable Surgery

August 21, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Tammy Davis doesn't need luck to finish a barrel racing clover-shaped ...

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First Time in US: Doctors Replace Valve Outside Heart

August 13, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

For the first time in the United States, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital used a minimally invasive procedure to replace a failing, hard-to-reach heart valve with a new one – and placed it just outside the heart. Henry Ford is the first hospital in the United States to perform the unique, transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement, which was pioneered in Germany.

FDA Approves ORBACTIV for Skin Structure Infections

August 7, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

ORBACTIV is the first and only antibiotic approved by FDA to treat ABSSSIs with a single, once-only administration. “Today’s FDA approval of ORBACTIV represents an important advance beyond the current standard of care for bacterial skin and skin structure infections,” said Clive Meanwell, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Medicines Company.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Encision EndoShield

July 28, 2014 12:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

According to Encision, their new AEM EndoShield™ Burn Protection System provides advanced AEM monopolar energy with guaranteed elimination of stray energy burns to patients.

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New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Incisionless Transcatheter Valve Replacement Surgery Can Shorten Recovery

July 25, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”

Selig Waiting On Tommy John Surgery Report

July 24, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Major League Baseball's commissioner has called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news. Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season.

After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

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ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

2014 ESP Award Submission: Reinforced Reload With Tri-Staple Technology

July 11, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple Technology from Covidien is positioned as the only endo stapler currently in the market with a preloaded buttress material that can save time and reduce waste in the OR.                                                                                                                                        

Vasectomy May Increase Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers found that the association remained even among men who received regular PSA screening, suggesting the increased risk of lethal cancer cannot be explained by diagnostic bias.

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Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | News | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

Benefit To Removing Gall Bladder For Suspected Common Duct Stone

July 8, 2014 7:38 pm | News | Comments

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations.

MIS Underused Despite Lower Complication Rates

July 8, 2014 7:32 pm | News | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery has been associated with better outcomes than open surgery, including fewer surgical site infections, less pain and shorter hospital stays. However, analysis shows that some hospitals capable of performing minimally invasive surgery aren't providing it as often as they could.

Pace Of Surgical Innovation Concerns Some Surgeons

July 8, 2014 12:44 pm | Articles | Comments

In 2005, patients were twice as likely to experience an adverse event if they were undergoing minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies compared to a traditional open surgical procedure. The following year was considered the tipping point for the adoption of MIRP when it equaled or exceeded 10 percent of all cases.

Simulator Focuses On Pre-Op Motor Skills

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Virtual surgery simulators are being used to help surgeons hone the motor skills they will need in an operating room. This new technology is changing the way doctors prepare for surgery...                           

RealTcut Offers Advanced Materials For Surgical Training

June 27, 2014 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new research objective could offer another virtual training option for surgeons. The long-term aim is to develop real-time simulators tol help train surgeons and enhance surgical planning. By constructing virtual, ‘in silico’ replicas of the patients, such tools have the potential to reduce errors and post-operative complications, and could eventually lead to robot-assisted and robot-led surgery.

A Kinder, Gentler Hysterectomy?

June 23, 2014 11:31 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Each year about 600,000 women in the U.S. get a hysterectomy -- and despite medical advances in recent years, some will face a longer, more painful recovery than they might have needed. That's because newer, less invasive surgical procedures are still not being fully implemented...

World Laparoscopy Hospital Announces Forthcoming Laparoscopic Surgery Training Programs

June 23, 2014 9:35 am | by World Laparoscopy Hospital | News | Comments

World Laparoscopy Hospital (WLH) is a premier institution, offering university recognized courses in the fields of laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. This unique interactive course will provide surgeons and gynecologist the essential practical experience of laparoscopic surgery...

African American Women With Breast Cancer Less Likely To Have Newer, Recommended Surgical Procedure

June 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally-invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, even as the procedure had become the standard of surgical practice, according to research...

Single-Channel Therapeutic Gastrointestinal Videoscope

June 6, 2014 9:07 am | by Olympus Medical Systems Group | Olympus America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The GIF-1TH190, by Olympus Medical Systems Group, is the first single-channel therapeutic gastrointestinal videoscope to offer both high-definition (HD) and Narrow Band Imaging (NBI).

Surgeons Gather To Learn New MIS Procedure For Treatment Of Rectal Cancer

June 3, 2014 10:33 am | by NovaTract Surgical, Inc. | News | Comments

Twelve advanced minimally invasive colorectal surgeons, experts who treat rectal cancer, convened to participate in the first Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) training course in the United States this past weekend to learn how to safely incorporate this novel technical approach into their practice...

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