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Data Proves Cost Savings, Reduced Hospital Stay After Minimally-Invasive Surgery

March 27, 2015 9:37 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today highlighted new data demonstrating that patients who underwent minimally invasive colon resection procedures were able to leave the hospital faster, visit their doctors less for follow up care and take less medicine than those who underwent open surgery. 

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy May be Safer

March 24, 2015 2:02 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Examining short- and long-term complications, quality of life, and overall mortality,...

Excellent Results for Parachute Heart Failure Device

March 23, 2015 2:59 pm | by CardioKinetix | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart...

New Approach Helps High-Risk Patients Avoid Aortic Aneurysm

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

A new study has found that abdominal aortic aneurysm repair can extend the lives in patients who...

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Minimally Invasive Device Meets Gold Standard

March 9, 2015 12:50 pm | by Ceterix Orthopaedics | News | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics today announced publication of positive findings from two biomechanical studies of the company’s proprietary NovoStitch suture passer for meniscus repair in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

Space Shuttle Tech to Assist Child Surgery

March 9, 2015 12:43 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

KidsArm, a descendant of Canadarm, the robot arm used on the Space Shuttle, is the first image-guided robotic surgical arm in the world, specifically designed for surgery for children.

Application of Magnetic Force Enhances Laparoscopic Surgery

March 3, 2015 12:52 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective.

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Anticancer Virus Solution Provides an Alternative to Surgery

February 25, 2015 12:46 pm | by Okayama University | News | Comments

Researchers at Okayama University and the University of California in San Diego have demonstrated that injection of a viral solution can eradicate lymph node metastasis making prophylactic surgery unnecessary.

New Search Tool Connecting Brain Tumor Patients with Surgeons

February 18, 2015 11:20 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

A growing group of neurosurgeons are providing brain tumor and stroke patients with a national search tool that helps them find surgeons trained in new surgical approaches focused on identifying, mapping and often accessing and removing challenging deep-seated tumors or certain strokes that may have once been considered inoperable.

Tumor Suctioned From Vein to Allow For Kidney Cancer Surgery

February 18, 2015 11:10 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Henry Ford Hospital surgeons successfully suctioned a cancerous tumor from a major vein in a patient with metastatic kidney cancer, clearing the way for him to undergo a minimally-invasive kidney removal. This allowed him to participate in a clinical trial using genetic material from his tumor to produce a vaccine.

Revolutionary Probe Finds Cancer Cells For Surgeons

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.

Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | News | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

Robotic Hands Could Improve Cancer Treatments

February 5, 2015 8:36 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The development of a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper could help doctors perform remotely-guided surgical procedures, perform biopsies or create biodegradable, miniaturized surgical tools that could safely dissolve in the body.         

Post-Op Complications Producing More Readmissions

February 3, 2015 11:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.                  

Stress Balls, DVDs, Conversation Ease Surgical Recovery

February 2, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.         

Search for Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads to Eyelid

January 27, 2015 1:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | News | Comments

The idea: make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head. "The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head."                 

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Transoral Fundoplication Proven Effective For GERD

January 22, 2015 1:29 pm | by American Gastroenterological Association | News | Comments

Transoral fundoplication is an effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially for patients with persistent regurgitation despite proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy, according to a new study.          

Active Monitoring Can Help Avoid Renal Tumor Surgery

January 22, 2015 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Although surgical excision of tumors remains the standard of care for renal tumors that have not yet spread, the risk of complications in elderly or ill patients may outweigh the benefits of surgery. Actively monitoring renal tumors in some patients may prove to be a safer option.

Report Validates Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Some Children and Teens

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery - as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed - can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents. However, the appropriate use of bariatric surgery in pediatric patients remains unclear.

Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

Joan Rivers' Surgery Center Part of Network With Regulatory Problems

January 12, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The company that provides management services to Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the facility health regulators cited for botching Joan Rivers' treatment after the comedic icon died, also manages other New York-area surgery centers that have failed to meet key medical standards,  reported NBC 4 New York's I-Team. ...    

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 another terrific story. ...                           

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 requires surgery. What will they do?                            

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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