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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.

Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The medical community embracing cutting edge tech is nothing new, the tech however, is constantly new. The connection between telerobotic and remote surgery just got a lot more accommodating, which means the one thing those in the medical world will need is an army of qualified developers.

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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Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | News | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

The Future of Hernia Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Articles | Comments

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw has become one of the nation’s leading innovators in hernia repair surgery. In this exclusive interview with Surgical Products, Dr. Ramshaw looks at the current state of hernia repair, how it can improve and what lies ahead for a procedure that impacts millions of lives every year.

The OR Suite 2.0 … And Counting

February 6, 2015 8:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Hospital and surgery center IT departments are being tasked with networking challenges related to more data flowing at higher transmission speeds. As the OR embraces new hybrid functionality, increased wireless connectivity and greater access to patient information, IT departments are in a constant battle to keep pace.

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DoD-Funded Study to Tackle Chronic Amputee Pain

February 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Northwestern Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers are leading a new multi-center clinical trial to evaluate a unique surgical method, known as targeted muscle reinnervation, to treat chronic pain that can result from limb amputation. Amputees develop chronic pain in the remaining portion of their amputated limb, which can include phantom limb syndrome, and prevents many patients from using prostheses.

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.         

Education Key to Safer Electrosurgical Procedures

February 5, 2015 7:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room can be hazardous to both medical personnel and patients. Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery, and for tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.

Cryoablation and Intra-tumoral Injection Offer Promise as Cancer Treatment

February 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Image Guided Cancer Specialists | News | Comments

Research shows that cryoablation can be an effective treatment alternative for multiple cancer types. By itself, the technique can destroy tumors from the inside out. When combined with a pair of recently approved drugs, cryoablation can help stimulate the body's own immune response to seek out and destroy remaining cancer cells and prevent tumor regrowth.

A Closer Look at the Impact of Surgical Smoke

February 4, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery and tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.                              

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FDA Clears 3D -Printed Titanium Bone Tether Plate for Bunion Surgery

February 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by MedShape | News | Comments

The Bone Tether Plate features a 3-D printed, medical grade titanium alloy for greater customization. The plate serves as the primary component in the FastForward Bunion Correction System, a new approach to surgically correct hallux valgus deformities.

10 Guidelines for Googling Patients

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Penn State College of Medicine | News | Comments

With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

Exploring 4K Technology in the OR

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The operating room continues to push the limits of procedural innovation and technological capability. Recently, Surgical Products sat down with some industry experts to gauge their input on how many of these new technologies will impact the surgical community, from both an implementation and procurement perspective.

Lean Management Could Improve Healthcare

January 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques. Lean Management involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'waste' while Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven method for eliminating defects.

New Model For Preserving Donor Tissue Will Aid Joint Repair Procedures

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbi | News | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.

Why New OR Visualization Tech is Worth the Cost

January 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Visualization technology in the OR is ever-changing, with new solutions on tap for 2015 and beyond. Knowing that 3D imaging and 4K visualization is cutting edge might not be enough to justify the purchase, so Surgical Products sat down with some key thought leaders to garner their perspective.

3D Printing Repairs Tracheal Damage

January 27, 2015 11:00 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System; The Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Researchers have been able to combine advancements in tissue engineering and 3D printing to construct new cartilage for airway construction in repairing damaged windpipe and trachea segments. The approach offers greater customization for varying patients, including children. 

CT May Be Overused in the ER

January 27, 2015 10:32 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

The use of head CT as part of a screening examination, rather than as a diagnostic tool, likely stems from increased pressure on emergency physicians to evaluate and differentiate between benign and life-threatening causes of dizziness and syncope.

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."                 

How Cancer Turns Good Cells to the Dark Side

January 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to "be like me" or "be not like me."                                

How Top Healthcare Priorities Will Impact The OR

January 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Blogs | Comments

A recent report from Accenture identified the top five priorities for states with federally-supported Health Innovation Plans. So let's take a look at how these priorities will not only impact the system as a whole, but more specifically, the surgical community.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Needs Continue To Grow

January 23, 2015 10:34 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

While a number of new drug options will be launched in the CRC therapeutics market over the forecast period, none of these drugs will have a dramatic impact on the overall arena.                 

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