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Port Closure System

April 15, 2014 11:16 am | by Artisan Medical | Artisan Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Artisan Medical offers a port closure system with a disposable suture grasper and reusable stainless steel guides. According to the company, there are eight different reusable cones to choose from. The system is designed to accommodate any size suture or trocar, it permits multiple trocar site closures with a single device per case, and it enables surgeons to rapidly close each trocar site securely and safely.

New Guidance System Could Improve Minimally-Invasive Surgery

March 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

“In this work, we devised an imaging method that could overcome traditional barriers in...

Repeat Sternotomy For Aortic Valve Replacement Safe Option For Octogenarian Patients

March 27, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Surgical aortic valve replacement generally improves patients' symptoms and prolongs survival....

Less Invasive Technique Possible For Vulvar Cancer

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

"The object of this study was to examine the sentinel lymph node alone in women with squamous...

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Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Blogs | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

EBUS Needle

March 6, 2014 7:39 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical is introducing the first endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) needle in the United States that can acquire histological samples. The EchoTip ProCore Endobronchial Ultrasound Needle gives physicians the ability to retrieve both cell and tissue samples from lymph nodes or tumors in the pulmonary area.

Alcohol May Ease Nerves That Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. The researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation...

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Research: Quality Of Life Improves With Minimally Invasive Surgery For Low Back Pain

March 5, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Research findings show that patients who have a low back surgery called minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, end up better off in many ways than patients who have more invasive surgery to alleviate debilitating pain...

University Of Arizona Surgeon First In S. Arizona To Treat Giant Aneurysm With New Technique

February 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Faye DeHoff | News | Comments

Using a new minimally invasive treatment, a University of Arizona surgeon was able to successfully treat a giant aneurysm with less risk of stroke or brain damage. Dr. Travis Dumont is the only neurosurgeon in Southern Arizona trained in the use of this flow diversion stent technology....

EBUS Needle

February 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical is introducing the first endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) needle in the United States that can acquire histological samples. The EchoTip ProCore Endobronchial Ultrasound Needle gives physicians the ability to retrieve both cell and tissue samples from lymph nodes or tumors in the pulmonary area.

Uterine Surgical Technique Is Linked To Abnormal Growths And Cancer Spread

February 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Denise Grady | Articles | Comments

Concerns are increasing among doctors about the safety of a procedure performed on tens of thousands of women a year in the United States who undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus...   

More Heart Attack Patients Being Treated More Quickly Using PCI, National Audit Finds

January 30, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) – the minimally invasive surgery performed on heart patients instead of using drugs – is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012)...

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Eigr Saber Waveguide with Yankauer

January 20, 2014 4:18 am | by Invuity | Invuity | Product Releases | Comments

The Invuity Eigr Saber Waveguide with Yankauer transforms minimally invasive and minimal access surgery, enabling surgeons to safely operate with greater efficiency. This handheld illuminator with suction takes today’s most brilliant, cool light and places it inside the incision, exactly where it is needed -- virtually eliminating shadows, glare, and thermal hazards.

Nationwide Minimally-Invasive Surgery Rates Triple For Pancreatic Disease

January 16, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a three-fold increase in the use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) across the nation for patients with pancreatic disease. Although adaptation of MIS for this difficult-to-reach gland is recent, the growing trend points to improved patient outcomes, such as reduced bleeding and infections...

Eigr Saber Waveguide with Yankauer

December 19, 2013 10:51 am | by Invuity | Invuity | Product Releases | Comments

The Invuity Eigr Saber Waveguide with Yankauer transforms minimally invasive and minimal access surgery, enabling surgeons to safely operate with greater efficiency. This handheld illuminator with suction takes today’s most brilliant, cool light and places it inside the incision, exactly where it is needed -- virtually eliminating shadows, glare, and thermal hazards.

Henry Ford Hospital Performs First Minimally Invasive Laser Brain Surgeries In Michigan

December 9, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital have performed the first two minimally invasive laser brain surgeries in Michigan – one for epilepsy and one to treat a brain tumor. And in both cases the patients went home the day after the procedure...

Salivary Duct Access Products

December 3, 2013 10:06 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.

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More Pediatric Kidney Patients Being Treated With MIS Techniques

November 26, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

More children, like adults, are undergoing minimally invasive surgery for diseased kidneys, with most of the procedures being performed at teaching hospitals to treat non-cancerous conditions. Those conclusions were reached in a unique study by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital who set out to fill a knowledge gap about the use of nephrectomy – the surgical removal of a diseased kidney – in the U.S. pediatric population...

Q&A: Taking Retractors To The Next Level

November 25, 2013 10:16 am | Articles | Comments

Joshua Aferzon got his start in the medical industry at a very young age. He was just 16 when he developed his first patent. Aferzon then researching medical devices during his time as a biomedical engineering major at the University of Connecticut. Before even finishing school in 2011, he launched Orthozon Technologies and quickly released his first product, the Lumiere Retractor System...

MatrixRIB MIPO Instrumentation

November 18, 2013 10:26 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, announced the launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures with the company's MatrixRIB System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws, and intramedullary splints.

Pretzel-Shaped Laparoscopic Retractors

November 11, 2013 10:09 am | by CareFusion | Carefusion | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion introduced a 3mm version of its Snowden-Pencer pretzel-shaped laparoscopic retractors. The 3mm shaft enables even smaller incisions and is designed to promote faster recovery time, minimize scarring through smaller incisions, and reduce post-operative pain and trauma for the patient. CareFusion’s Snowden-Pencer pretzel-shaped laparoscopic retractors (both 3mm and 5mm) allow surgeons easier access, visualization, and leverage when manipulating larger organs and structures compared to other retractors.

THIRD PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- Olympus's HD 3D Video Laparoscope

November 7, 2013 2:44 pm | by Olympus | Olympus | Product Releases | Comments

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).

Single-Use Laryngoscope

November 4, 2013 9:59 am | by OBP Medical | Obp Medical | Product Releases | Comments

OBP Medical’s SURE-SCOPE is a single-use laryngoscope with built-in, hands-free, single-use LED light source. The ready-to-use device eliminates the time and expense of reprocessing and reduces the risk of cross-contamination in the medical setting by obsoleting reusable light sources, handles, and blades.

NovaTract Laparoscopic Dynamic Retractor

November 4, 2013 9:48 am | by NovaTract Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Minimally Invasive Surgery For Paraesophageal Hernia Is 'Revolutionary' -- But There's Still Controversy

October 29, 2013 10:17 am | News | Comments

Minimally invasive surgical techniques have revolutionized the treatment paraesophageal hernia—but there's continued controversy over some key technical aspects of the procedure...                       

Fuse Endoscope System

October 24, 2013 10:06 am | by EndoChoice | Product Releases | Comments

EndoChoice’s Fuse endoscope system is a proprietary arrangement of three small cameras on a flexible GI endoscope. By using three cameras, the Fuse system allows doctors to see nearly twice as much surface area as they can with traditional endoscopes that only use one camera. Because of folds that occur naturally in the colon and stomach anatomy, problem areas can easily go undetected when using traditional endoscopes. The Fuse system allows GI doctors to see more.

HD 3D Video Laparoscope

October 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Olympus | Olympus | Product Releases | Comments

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). This is accomplished by restoring natural 3D vision and depth perception when performing laparoscopic procedures and is independent of a surgeon’s skill level.

Small, Wireless Capsule Restores Surgeons’ Sense Of Touch During Minimally-Invasive Surgeries

October 16, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

In order to provide the benefits of palpation to minimally-invasive surgery, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University headed by Pietro Valdastri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and medicine, has designed a special-purpose wireless capsule equipped with a pressure sensor that fits through the small ports that surgeons use for what is also called “keyhole” surgery...

Invasive Procedure Can Detect Lymph Nodes After Chemo

October 9, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Patients whose breast cancer has spread to their lymph nodes have most of the nodes in their armpit area removed after chemotherapy to determine if any cancer remains.A new study shows that sentinel lymph node surgery successfully identified whether cancer remained in lymph nodes in 91 percent of patients with node-positive breast cancer who received chemotherapy before their surgery.

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