Kimberly-Clark today announced the publication of two separate studies that achieved positive outcomes following use of cooled radiofrequency (RF) to treat discogenic and sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain in the low back.
TransMotion Medical offers a line of stretcher-chairs, designed to be safe patient handling equipment in a Universal Care Platform. Each stretcher-chair is a chair, stretcher, outpatient surgery table, recliner, and transport device – all in one.
Aspen Surgical announces the launch of its ErgoSupport Anti-Fatigue Mat. This mat is intended to reduce the fatigue that nurses and surgeons experience from long hours of standing in one location. It uses a dual foam and gel technology to provide comfort under the foot.
Action Products Inc. has expanded its Action brand positioners line with two more head pads and three positioners to protect the smallest of patients. Incrementally different sized products are meaningful to improving the quality of care for this patient population.
There have been a number of advancements in the area of minimally-invasive surgery that have allowed for those types of procedures to be used to deal with fractures associated with osteoporosis.
Johnson & Johnson has again recalled thousands of its hip implants, 2 1/2 years after the problem-plagued health care giant issued a recall of two other types of its artificial hips. The company recalled the "Adept" brand all-metal total hip replacement system starting last month because a higher-than-expected percentage of them had to be replaced.
Medicus offers a robot accessory system for extreme Trendelenburg positioning. According to the company, this system consists of two important components that make extreme robotic positioning safer, easier, and faster while assisting in reducing nosocomial infections.
Olympian and standout downhill skier Lindsey Vonn tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments last week during a fall in the super-G competition at the world championships in Schladming, Austria. She also broke a bone in her lower leg. Orthopedic surgeon Sabrina Strickland explains Vonn's injuries in detail.
A study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) holds great promise for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis.
A new patient education platform introduced today through a collaboration between PreventiceTM, a leading developer of mHealth solutions and remote monitoring systems, and VOX Telehealth, a developer and provider of procedure-specific mobile solutions for patient education and recovery monitoring, is designed to engage patients and improve outcomes.
Researchers found a wide range of complete prices for a total hip replacement, from $11,100 to $125,798.
The Tri-Pull Secure Shoulder Solution from Innovative Medical Products employs three proven systems to confidently secure, distract, and ensure precise rotation control of the shoulder during surgical procedures without compromising the sterile field.
The Pink Pad - Pigazzi Positioning System from Xodus Medical is designed to mold to the patient's body, providing stability and maintaining patient position throughout the procedure. Its for single patient use, and it decreases potential cross contamination with reusables.
The use of bone stem cells combined with a degradable rigid material that inserts into broken bones and encourages real bone to re-grow has been developed at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton.
Two new studies from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest ways to improve surgical treatment for a debilitating condition caused by compressed nerves in the neck and shoulder.
Innovative Medical Products has introduced the patented Clip-On Pad Set for use with the Universal Lateral Positioner in hip surgery and other procedures requiring fixed, stable lateral positioning. Unique to the surgical products market, the new IMP patient protection offering is in response to OR personnel’s request for adhesive-free pads that provide a secure adherence to the lateral positioner’s baseplate and anterior support arms.
The surgeons, who studied data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database, found spine-related injuries from all-terrain vehicles in the United States are more common in older children and in females, unlike males in most trauma studies. ATV-related spine injuries in children and adolescents are high-energy injuries with a high rate of associated spine and non-spine injuries.
Andrew I. Spitzer, MD, has traveled to Israel more than a dozen times over the past decade to perform his own brand of community service: teaching surgeons the latest techniques for replacing hips and knees while treating many patients for free. Now that work has earned him a rare distinction as one of only a handful of American surgeons to be named an honorary member of the Israel Orthopaedic Association.
In the summer of 2010, researchers from Lund University in Sweden reported that 60 percent of all anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions could be avoided in favor of rehabilitation. The results made waves around the world, and were met with concerns that the results would not hold up in the long term. Now the researchers have published a follow-up study that confirms the results from 2010 and also show that the risk of osteoarthritis and meniscal surgery is no higher for those treated with physiotherapy alone.
The "July Effect"—the notion that the influx of new residents and fellows at teaching hospitals in July of each year adversely affects patient care and outcomes - was examined in a very large data set of hospitalizations for patients undergoing spine surgery. Researchers found a negligible effect on procedural outcomes among patients treated by spine surgery.
Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a potential new target for drugs to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a protein known as IRHOM2.
It involves an all-metal ball-and-socket joint that was implanted in some 90,000 people worldwide before Johnson & Johnson recalled the product in 2010. The New Jersey-based company denies the allegations of bad design and fraud but it has set aside around one billion dollars to deal with the costs of the recall and lawsuits.
Some "high risk" surgical devices that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are not required to go through clinical trials, where a product is tested to determine its safety and effectiveness.
Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have found that tumor "separation surgery" followed by high-dose hypofractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or high-dose single-fraction SRS is safe and effective in controlling spinal metastases, regardless of the radiosensitivity of the particular tumor type that has invaded the spine.
Data shows that surgeries with two attending physicians tended to be much shorter, averaging five hours instead of eight. Patients also suffered less blood loss, had fewer major complications and enjoyed shorter hospital stays – all of which should help lower healthcare costs.