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Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissues Yield Better Results

December 30, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues--rather than implants--provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...   

Weight-Loss Surgery Not an Easy Way Out

December 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jen Rini, The News Journal | News | Comments

Craig Gilbert had estimated he had about 10 years left to live. At 363 pounds he had diabetes, sky-rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol so high it actually had begun to block the coronary artery in his heart. ...        

South Korean Cosmetic Surgery Staff Partied While Operating

December 29, 2014 10:40 am | by The Guardian | News | Comments

South Korean health authorities have said they are investigating a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul after photographs emerged online apparently showing medical staff partying in an operating theatre. ...        

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Surgery Can Provide Elbow Pain Relief in Minutes

December 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Roxanne Stein, WPTV | News | Comments

A surgery to relieve pain in the elbow can now be completed in just a few minutes with minimal invasion. ...                          

Skin Patch Could Help Heal, Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

December 23, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they have developed a safe and effective skin patch to deliver a drug that enhances the healing of diabetes-related ulcers. The patch, which they tested in mice, may also serve as a way to prevent ulcer formation. ...   

Medical Facility Offers New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

December 23, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is now using a robotic navigation system to deliver an innovative new ablation procedure treatment for atrial fibrillation, the only Connecticut hospital currently performing this procedure. ...      

FDA Approves New Melanoma Drug From Bristol-Meyers

December 23, 2014 10:13 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval Monday to a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. ...                  

Johns Hopkins Develops Suit to Fight Ebola

December 22, 2014 11:44 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. ...                      

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Televised Medical Talk Shows: Health Education or Entertainment?

December 22, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

For millions of people, televised medical talk shows have become a daily viewing ritual. Programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors have attracted massive followings as charismatic hosts discuss new medical research and therapies while offering viewers their own recommendations for better health. For show producers it's a winning ratings formula, but for viewers eager for a healthier life, the results aren't so clear cut. ...

Reducing Emergency Surgery Cuts Health Care Costs

December 22, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

As hospitals and health systems increasingly focus on addressing the rising cost of health care in the United States, and with the expense of surgical care playing a major role, physician researchers and others across the healthcare industry are working to identify innovative ways to reduce surgical costs. ...   

Board Rules Hospitals Can Still Perform Angioplasty Without License

December 19, 2014 12:30 pm | by Susan K. Livio, NJ.com | News | Comments

A New Jersey state health board voted today to continue to allow 11 hospitals to perform the artery-clearing procedure known as angioplasty without holding a license to perform heart surgery. ...             

Near 700-Pound Woman Prepares for Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 19, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dana Dovey, Medical Daily | News | Comments

Amber is 24 years old and weighs nearly 700 pounds. She is one of the newest individuals to share her struggle with weight on TLC’s My 600-Pound Life. The show will follow Amber as she prepares to undergo a risky gastric bypass surgery in a desperate attempt to lose weight and save her life. ...

U.S. Laparoscopic Device Market Will Reach Over $4.3 Billion by 2023

December 19, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the laparoscopic device market in the United States will increase to a value of over $4.3 billion by 2023. Growth will be primarily driven by expansion in the large direct energy device market. In particular, premium-priced advanced direct energy devices will be increasingly adopted due to the advantages they offer and as new products are launched. ...  

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Oxygen Suction Can Reduce Risk of Surgical Fires in Dental Procedures

December 19, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

The oxygen-enriched environment of surgical procedures creates the risk of fire. As many as 600 operating room fires occur each year in the United States despite a decline in the use of flammable anesthetics. To ensure the safety of dental surgical procedures, a new study investigated the use of suction to prevent combustion. ...    

Lottenberg Talks About Successful RSS Prevention

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, MD FACS, University of Florida College of Medicine, about two systems, the RF Assure Detection System and the RF Assure Delivery System, being used across the country to reduce RSS events in the OR. With this breakthough in technology, Lottenberg said the future in RSS prevention "looks bright."...   

Intra-Arterial Treatment For Clot Removal Is More Effective At Treating Stroke

December 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. ...       

Veteran Finally Gets Simple Surgery After Year-Long Wait

December 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Melissa Blasius, KUSA News | News | Comments

Thomas Amabile had cataract surgery Tuesday after a yearlong ordeal with the Denver VA Hospital, which highlights ongoing lapses in patient scheduling. ...                 

Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Julie Beck, The Atlantic | News | Comments

The third episode of the hospital comedy Scrubs starts with a tense moment in the operating room between attending surgeon Dr. Wen and his intern Dr. Turk. ...                

Obama's Care vs. ObamaCare

December 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

The whole country has heard the saga of the President’s sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs. ...                     

Popularity Of Outpatient Surgery Centers Leads To Questions About Safety

December 16, 2014 10:45 am | by Kaiser Health News | News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation: at an outpatient surgery center. “My first thought was ‘Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?’ ” recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt “very trepidatious” about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

Insurers Ease 'Obamacare' Deadline to Pay Premiums

December 16, 2014 10:06 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. ...        

Survey: Prescription Drug Abuse 'Significant Problem'

December 12, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

A survey of primary care physicians found the vast majority of practicing internists, family physicians and general practitioners consider prescription drug abuse to be a significant problem in their community and most physicians agreed opioids were overused to treat pain, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. ...   

Children Without Public Insurance Waited Longer For Tests

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer after PSG to have surgery to treat the condition with adenotonsillectomy (AT) compared with children who were privately insured, according to a report published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. ...

Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation For Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy -- the recommended treatment for localized tumors -- when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study. ...       

Study: Patients Given Less Blood During Transfusions Do Well

December 11, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

Patients with heart disease who receive transfusions during surgeries do just as well with smaller amounts of blood and face no greater risk of dying from other diseases than patients who received more blood, according to a new Rutgers study. ...     

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