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Minimally Invasive Approach Aids Colon Cancer Care

October 9, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The chance of ending up in a nursing facility appears to be significantly lower for older patients who undergo a laparoscopic procedure than for those who have open surgical resection for colon cancer. Investigators from Dalhousie University found that selected patients over the age of 70 were more likely to be discharged to their own homes—instead of a nursing facility—following laparoscopic operations.

More Expensive, Same Complications For Weekend Appendectomy

October 9, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Prior studies have shown higher rates of illness after other types of urgent abdominal operations performed on Saturdays and Sundays, the so-called "weekend effect." Authors of the new study, however, found no such difference for appendectomy, which is one of the most common urgent operations performed.

Salivary Duct Access Products

October 3, 2013 4:13 pm | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical has launched a suite of salivary duct access products that offer minimally invasive options for the treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease. Minimally invasive treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease can reduce the need for invasive open surgery. The devices in the product line include a soft-tip wire guide, a serial dilator set, the Kolenda Salivary Access Introducer Set, and the NGage and NCircle salivary stone extractors.


Versapor Bladeless Optical 12mm Trocar

October 3, 2013 10:41 am | by Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

The introduction of the Versapor Bladeless Optical 12mm Trocar is the newest addition to the wide offering of Covidien access products. It offers surgeons visualization during trocar placement to help clinicians minimize the risk of trocar injuries. It shares the same proprietary cannula design as the rest of Covidien’s optical and bladeless trocar family, offering excellent fixation for port security and stability.


September 27, 2013 10:19 am | by Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FloShield, from Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc., is an all-in-one, comprehensive solution in maintaining laparoscopic visual clarity. FloShield facilitates a consistent, clear image during surgery while virtually eliminating the need to remove the scope from the patient’s body. The FloShield Plus system addresses a critical unsolved problem in laparoscopic visualization: debris and condensation settling on the end of the scope that obscures vision and requires frequent interruptions for scope removal and manual cleaning.

Less-Invasive Surgery Markedly Eases Patients' Back Pain, Restores Mobility

August 29, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

It causes extreme pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, legs or buttocks, limiting a person's ability to walk or even stand for long periods of time. The reality is that lumbar spinal stenosis – a narrowing of the lower spinal canal – affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Now comes a treatment which eases the pain and other conditions associated with spinal stenosis.

Northwestern Medicine Uses New Minimally Invasive Technique For Melanoma

August 27, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

Northwestern Medicine surgical oncologists Jeffery D. Wayne, MD and Karl Bilimoria, MD, are two of the very few surgeons in the country using a minimally invasive procedure to remove groin lymph nodes. This laparoscopic procedure may drastically reduce the recovery rate and chance of infection for patients.

MIS Tool Acts As An Extension Of Surgeon's Arm

August 21, 2013 4:48 pm | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

University of Michigan engineers, in collaboration with the UM Medical School, have developed a new affordable tool technology which will make performing minimally-invasive surgery easier for surgeons. The tool, called FlexDex, acts as an extension of the surgeon's arm, allowing the doctor to control it in a natural and intuitive manner.


Minimally Invasive Stents Show Some Advantage Over Bypass In Opening Blocked Leg Arteries

August 7, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

New Johns Hopkins research suggests that people who undergo minimally invasive placement of stents to open clogged leg arteries are significantly less likely than those who have conventional bypass surgery to need a second treatment for the condition within two years.


August 7, 2013 9:46 am | by Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien enters the fast-growing wound protector market with the global launch of SurgiSleeve.  Used in both open and minimally invasive surgery, the new access device protects the wound site from contamination and also provides excellent exposure and visualization.

AS Meniscal Repair Device

August 5, 2013 10:15 am | by Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Covidien's AS Meniscal Repair Device enables orthopedic surgeons to perform “all-inside,” minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee using the gold standard “all-suture” method of fixation.  The new device, designed for intuitive use, works with only one thumb slide actuation and no complex components.

NovaTract Laparoscopic Dynamic Retractor

July 29, 2013 10:14 am | by NovaTract Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The NovaTract laparoscopic dynamic retractor, a 5mm device designed for general, colorectal, gynecologic, urologic, and robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery offers improved tissue manipulation with its exclusive tension adjusting system, coupled with the ability to easily modify the angle of retraction as needed.

Doctors Test Less-Invasive Surgery For Blocked Arteries

July 24, 2013 3:49 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Doctors are testing a new, less-invasive surgery that is clearing blocked arteries and saving patients the necessary recuperation time normally reserved for typical procedures. CBS News' Teresa Garcia reports on this cutting-edge procedure.


Bonuses Driving Canadian Surgeries With Minimal Benefit

July 23, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

Financial incentives are likely a key factor driving greater use of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, says a study led by a McMaster University surgeon. The research found that between 2002 and 2009 there was an increase in laparoscopic versus traditional open techniques - with only minimal decreases in how long patients stayed in the hospital after surgery and saw no changes in the survival of patients.

Nanosheets Found To Control Surgical Bleeding

July 23, 2013 9:06 am | News | Comments

Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage, especially in the thin-walled vena cava. In development is a nano-adhesive plaster that can easily be applied to lacerated vessel walls with no adhesive or suturing.

Cosgrove Mitral Valve Retractor System

July 16, 2013 9:59 am | by Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. | Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. offers the Cosgrove Mitral Valve Retractor System. According to the company, can be mounted on virtually any chest spreader, i.e. the Cooley Sternum Retractor, Ankeney Retractor, Morris Chest Spreader, and Finochietto Chest Spreader, as well as on most other retractors via custom attachment by Kapp.

Salivary Duct Access Products

June 28, 2013 9:26 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical has launched a suite of salivary duct access products that offer minimally invasive options for the treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease. Minimally invasive treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease can reduce the need for invasive open surgery.

HD Camera Head And HD Camera Control Unit

June 19, 2013 10:38 am | by Olive Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The TCK1 HD Camera Head and OVB1 HD Camera Control Unit from Olive Medical introduce affordable “True HD” MIS visualization with intuitive controls and lightweight ergonomics that will meet your cost-containment needs.

Alternative To Surgery Lets Doctors Remove Suspicious Polyps, Keep Colon Intact

June 18, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

A UCLA team of surgeons and gastroenterologists has been performing a new, minimally invasive procedure to remove large and hard-to-reach polyps while keeping the colon intact. The procedure, which combines two minimally invasive techniques, has currently been performed at only a handful of medical centers in the United States.

HD 3D Video Laparoscope

May 31, 2013 10:26 am | by Olympus | Olympus | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The ENDOEYE FLEX 3D from Olympus is the world’s only articulating HD 3D video laparoscope that delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping, and suturing (compared with traditional 2D surgical systems).

Minimally-Invasive VATS-LCSD Helps Children With Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias

May 15, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

Video-assisted thoracoscopic left cardiac sympathetic denervation (VATS-LCSD) is a minimally-invasive procedure that can help many children currently dealing with refractory cardiac arrhythmias, according to a recent retrospective study.

How Saratoga Hospital Developed Operating Rooms For The Future

May 14, 2013 9:31 am | Articles | Comments

Saratoga Hospital, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, set its sights on becoming a leading destination for minimally-invasive surgery and cutting-edge technology. To achieve that goal, the hospital launched an ambitious plan to build 10 new operating rooms. As the project’s planning began, a need arose for the hospital to upgrade one of its existing operating rooms- known as OR2.

Spinal 'Spacer' Procedure Has Fewer Complications, But Higher Risk Of Repeat Surgery

May 8, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

Interspinous spacer implantation—a less-invasive alternative surgical option for spinal stenosis—has a lower complication rate than spinal fusion, reports a study. However, patients receiving interspinous spacers are more likely to require repeated back surgery.

Embolization Coil

May 8, 2013 10:14 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical has launched a new fully-retractable .035 inch embolization coil, intended for peripheral arterial and venous embolization. Embolization is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive procedure performed by a physician to block or reduce blood flow in arteries and veins.

Demonstration Of Haptic-Enhanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery Techniques

May 2, 2013 10:24 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

The video highlights trials and research concerning the introduction of haptic-enhanced minimally-invasive surgery techniques . This work that is discussed in this video was conducted by Cambridge R&D at Boston Children's Hospital.

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