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Study: Patients Enjoy Good Quality Of Life 10 Years After Esophagectomy And Gastric Pull-Up

March 20, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

A recent study concluded that pessimism about the long-term quality of life after an esophagectomy on the part of treating physicians and patients is unwarranted. Esophagectomy with gastric pull-up is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is used to replace the esophagus...

Thermedx FluidSmart System

March 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Thermedx | Thermedx, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Thermedx FluidSmart System is an innovative endoscopic solution for gynecology, urology, and orthopedic irrigation applications that facilitates patient safety and cost efficiency outcomes in acute care and ambulatory surgery centers nationally.

What’s New In The FDA’s 2015 Budget?

March 18, 2014 9:07 am | by William Tootle, Director – Office of Budget, FDA | Blogs | Comments

A few days ago, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Message to Congress, which included a high-level summary of his proposed funding for the FDA. Then the White House is out with the full budget, complete with all of the nitty gritty details...

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A Surgical Procedure’s Risks, Unmentioned

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Jane E. Brody | Blogs | Comments

Surgical techniques, however, are not subject to the stringent approval process that drugs go through. And as with drugs, problems with new procedures may not become apparent until after they have been used many hundreds or thousands of times...

Study: Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

"We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning. The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," says Michael Dalager-Pedersen , PhD student at Aarhus University and Registrar at Aalborg University Hospital...

FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays

March 13, 2014 10:03 am | by Dan Allen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Dan Allen Surgical introduces FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays. The table-mounted device offers innovative patient safety and user-friendly features...

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...

Same-Day Double Knee Replacement Safe For Select Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

In a new study, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Perioperative Complications Following Same-day Bilateral TKA," to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans on March 13, Dr. Figgie and colleagues found that select patients with RA do just as well with same-day bilateral knee replacement as OA patients, and with no higher complication rate...

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Trauma Center Closures Linked To Higher Odds Of Death For Injured Patients

March 13, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. "This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF...

NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

Liver Transplant May Arrest Neurological Damage In A Rare And Progressive Form Of Autism

March 12, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

A patient with a rare metabolic disease that causes liver failure and autistic behavior experienced significant improvements in both her physical and mental health after receiving a liver transplant, according to a new case report published this week...

Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely To Benefit From Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery...

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Anesthetic Technique Improves Quality Of Recovery For Women Having Breast Cancer Surgery

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

"Real time, image-guided ultrasound nerve blocks have revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia," said Dr. Faraj Abdallah, an anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital and lead author of the study. "This is the first study to show how effective these ultrasound-guided blocks can now be for breast cancer surgery."

Televised Live Surgery: Would You Want To Be The Patient?

March 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If most surgeons would not allow live broadcast surgery on themselves, then why should any patient be subjected to it? A major complication will inevitably occur during a live broadcast. No matter the reason, it will be blamed on the live video surgery...

Surgeon Who Botched, Faked Thousands Of Procedures Sentenced To Jail

March 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail Friday for one count of healthcare fraud after admitting to both botching and faking thousands of surgical procedures over the course of five years...    

Research On 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar In Lung Regeneration

March 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Jennifer Nachbur | News | Comments

In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise for this population...

The Societal Problem Of Opioid Addiction

March 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Albert Fuchs, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The risks and side-effects are substantial. Tolerance (diminished effectiveness with repeated use) is a common problem requiring dose escalation to maintain the same pain relief. Withdrawal symptoms are miserable (but not dangerous) and addiction is very common...

Complications Following Surgery Predict Costly Readmissions

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | News | Comments

The presence – or absence – of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time...

Younger Men Benefit Most From Surgery For Localized Prostate Cancer

March 6, 2014 7:16 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. While the benefit on mortality appears to be limited to men less than age 65, surgery did reduce the risk of metastases and need for additional treatment in older men...

Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

Surgeons Develop Standards For Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care

March 5, 2014 6:56 am | News | Comments

“The intent of these recommendations is to ensure that all infants and children in the United States receive care in a surgical environment matched to their individual medical, emotional, and social needs,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, task force chair and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee...

Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood Of Strokes, Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology...

Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

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