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Blue Endo Releases ClearView Total for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

December 12, 2014 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

BLUE ENDO® is excited to announce the release of the new ClearView® TOTAL uterine manipulator and colpotomizer system for use in total laparoscopic hysterectomy. ...  

Pathfinder’s Vision Gives Man New Life After Cancer

December 11, 2014 10:18 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

I always enjoy hearing the latest in 3-D innovation in the operating room, and last week brought...

November/December 2014

December 9, 2014 3:56 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the November-December 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine....

Surgery in Space? Surgeon Sees Many Problems

December 9, 2014 10:42 am | by the Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly | Blogs | Comments

The astronauts are halfway to Mars when suddenly one of them develops abdominal pain and...

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Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery Has Setbacks

December 1, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

McMaster University researchers have found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. ...    

2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, MIS Products, Bovie’s J-Plasma Helium-Based Technology

November 21, 2014 11:40 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

J-Plasma is a transformational, helium-based, gas plasma technology that offers remarkably low thermal spread, a high level of precision with versatility across multiple surgical specialties.

2014 ESP Award Winner - Second Place, MIS Products, Encision’s AEM EndoShield Burn Protection System

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | by Surgical Products Staff | 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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September/October 2014

November 4, 2014 5:09 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the September/October 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Covidien Launches Reloadable Fixation Device

October 31, 2014 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien recently announced the launch of ReliaTack articulating reloadable fixation device, the first and only of its kind for laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair. By offering 65-degree articulation, the ReliaTack device provides surgeons with greater access to weak spots within the abdominal wall, enabling them to more securely tack mesh into place.

UC Davis Awarded $1.5M to Innovate Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

October 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival rates ...

Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain in Cataract Surgery Patients

October 20, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

Engineers Design Robot for Brain Surgery Through Cheek

October 16, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive way?

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Sedasys Launches Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System

October 15, 2014 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sedasys, a Division of Ethicon US, LLC, announced the U.S. launch of its SEDASYS® System, a Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation (CAPS) system that enables trained physician-led teams to administer minimal-to-moderate propofol sedation to healthy patients undergoing routine colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedures ... 

Teenage Baseball Pitchers at Risk for Permanent Shoulder Injury

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Young baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are at risk for a newly identified overuse injury that can impede normal shoulder development and lead to additional problems, including rotator cuff tears, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology ...

UVA Neurosurgeon Leads Partnership for Safer High-Tech Surgery

October 14, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Health System physician is playing a key role in advancing the safety and quality of advanced brain surgery. In an initiative coordinated by UVA neurological surgeon Jason Sheehan the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society for Radiation Oncology are developing a first-of-its-kind patient registry in order to establish national benchmarks for stereotactic radiosurgery ...

Siemen's Kulkarni Looks at Future of Hybrid ORs

October 8, 2014 10:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Sudhir Kulkarni, segment director of hybrid OR, Siemens Healthcare ...

Older Workers Turning To Plastic Surgery To Enhance Image

October 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Alix Pianin, The Fiscal Times | News | Comments

With a growing number of baby boomers postponing retirement, venturing back into the job market, or striving to retain their standing at work, more and more seniors are turning to cosmetic enhancements to gain a competitive edge in the workforce ...

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Black Diamond Video Talks Hybrid OR

October 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Devon Bream, MPH, FACHE, Vice President, Global Medical Sales and Marketing.

Study: Gallbladder Surgery Can Wait

September 24, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove the gallbladder, is one of the most common abdominal surgeries in the U.S. Yet medical centers around the country vary in their approaches to the procedure with some moving patients quickly into surgery while others wait ...

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 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.

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 Peter Rubin, MD, Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, gave their thoughts on why TissuGlu could be an exciting breakthrough for patients recovering from large-flag procedures.

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 course. She's been a competitive racer for two years and speeding around the track with her horse Rocky. Davis first got on a horse 47 years ago and has been riding high around her native Bakersfield ever since. Yet a freak accident earlier this year almost ended her riding career.

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.

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.”

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