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The Rise Of Robotic Assisted Surgery

February 21, 2013 11:00 am | by Fox News | Videos | Comments

Dr. David Samadi, leading robotic prostate surgeon, joins Fox Business News to discuss the rising use of robots in the operating room. Having performed over 4,500 robotic assisted prostate surgeries, Dr. Samadi stresses the importance of an experienced and efficient surgeon and team for the best possible outcome.

Seeing The World Through A Bionic Eye

February 21, 2013 10:08 am | by New York Times | Videos | Comments

The Argus II allows Barbara Campbell, who lost her sight 20 years ago, to see the world through patterns of light. An artificial retina that is a sheet of electrodes implanted into Barbara's eye helps a device capture images before her and translate them into something she can see.

Social Media A Major Influence On Elective Surgery

February 20, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

Social media is leading consumers to have a more self-critical eye, according to a new survey. An annual poll of 752 of the organization's board-certified facial plastic surgeons found that there was a 31% increase in requests for surgery as a result of social media photo sharing.


Reusable Patient Return Electrode

February 20, 2013 9:44 am | by Megadyne | Megadyne Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

The environmentally-friendly Mega Soft reusable patient return electrode from Megadyne can be used with most isolated electrosurgical generators and eliminate up to 1,500 sticky pads over its 2-year life. It is safer than traditional CQM “grounding” pads as its large surface area and capacitive technology prevents heat build-up.

Use Of Robots For Hysterectomy Soars, But With Little Benefit

February 20, 2013 8:59 am | by Charles Bankhead | Articles | Comments

Robotically assisted hysterectomy increased dramatically from 2007 to 2010, despite higher cost and similar complication rates compared with laparoscopic procedures, a review of data from more than 400 hospitals showed. Robotically assisted procedures accounted for 0.5% of hysterectomies in 2007 and almost 10% of procedures in 2010.

CERVICOOL Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System

February 15, 2013 9:30 am | by Kimberly-Clark | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

CERVICOOL Cooled RF System is designed to address the unique anatomy of the cervical joints by employing water-cooled technology to provide larger lesions than standard radiofrequency. This can help address nerve path variability in the cervical spine. This innovative treatment has the potential to provide long-lasting pain relief that may enable a more active lifestyle.

FDA Warns Of Major Risk With St. Jude Heart Device

February 14, 2013 2:47 pm | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that tool recalled by St. Jude Medical Inc. used to insert heart implants could potentially cause serious injury or death if used in patients. The company's Amplatzer TorqVue delivery system is used to mend a type of heart defect that causes holes in the upper chambers of the heart.


February 14, 2013 2:39 pm | by CoolShirt Systems | Product Releases | Comments

CoolShirt Systems offers the CoolDog, a.k.a. the SafetTemp TEC, a new "iceless" personal cooling system. The CoolDog operates quietly and is under 2 feet high to easily stay out of the way of staff. OR Surgeons and staff won’t perspire, suffer heat-induced fatigue or lose concentration.  This easy-to-use “iceless” unit cools or warms, and is compatible with any CoolShirt that uses water.


Researchers Bring Sense Of Infrared Sight To Rats

February 14, 2013 1:46 pm | by Gene Ostrovsky | Articles | Comments

Extra-sensory systems for the blind have the potential to replace eyes with another sense, and some have been built that essentially turn video into sound or tactile sensation. Now researchers at Duke University Medical Center are reporting in Nature Communications that they were able to create a system that combines an infrared camera and a brain implant to let rats sense infrared light, which they otherwise don’t perceive.

Robotic Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

February 14, 2013 11:32 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

The following video shows a robotic assisted coronary artery bypass surgery performed at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT by Dr. Albert DiMeo, Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiothoraic Surgery. This minimally invasive surgery uses the Da Vinci robot to harvest the left internal mammary artery (LIMA) which is then anastomosed to the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) using off-pump techniques.

Simulator Helps Students Practice Brain Surgery

February 14, 2013 11:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A new technology is helping brain surgery residents improve their skills before they practice on patients. The machine actually simulates the sounds, feelings, and tactile feedback surgeons would experience in the OR.

Plasma Treatment Shows Potential For Knee Pain

February 13, 2013 12:04 pm | News | Comments

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.

Kinect Game Controller Could Cut Healthcare Costs

February 13, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut U.S. healthcare costs by up to $30 billion by allowing providers to interact with patients remotely, reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.


Embracing An Integrated OR

February 13, 2013 11:42 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

A strong desire to dramatically improve OR efficiency led one South Carolina hospital to purchase and implement a real-time process management solution.

Why We Need EMR 3.0

February 13, 2013 10:24 am | by David Nash, M.D., MBA | Blogs | Comments

EMRs are essentially electronic charts, but what we need going forward is a tool to promote accountability and measurement of quality and safety.

da Vinci Simulation Technology

February 13, 2013 9:57 am | by Mimic Technologies | Mimic Technologies Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MSim 2.0 is the new simulation technology for the dV-Trainer, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. The technology is designed to allow today's surgeons to more quickly and accurately advance their skill in robotic surgery with the help of important upgrades.

Endoscopic Approaches Improve Success Rates For Barrett's Esophagus

February 12, 2013 12:54 pm | News | Comments

A new study from researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reports that endoluminal (endoscopic) therapies, combining resection and ablation techniques, for patients with Barrett's esophagus and high-grade dysplasia or early mucosal cancer have a high success rate, with durable results and a low risk of complications.

Strokes Associated With Surgery Can Be Devastating

February 12, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Strokes that occur during or shortly after surgery can be devastating, resulting in longer hospital stays and increased risks of death or long-term disability. However, prompt identification and treatment of such strokes can improve neurologic outcomes.

Suits Target Mesh Manufacturers, Surgeons Disagree

February 11, 2013 12:01 pm | by Kate Brumback, AP | News | Comments

"The innovation — and the skill sets to use the innovation — is outpacing the skill sets that the surgeons have, and no one is trying to close that gap." Dr. Vincent Lucente believes there should be a credentialing process to ensure expertise, as there is for other surgical procedures.

IBM Offers Watson's Medical Expertise

February 11, 2013 11:43 am | by Jim Fitzgerald, AP | News | Comments

The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said.

Implants Could Make Light Work Of Fixing Broken Bones

February 8, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

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.

Clot-Busting Drug Yields Better Results After Stroke

February 8, 2013 10:34 am | News | Comments

Patients who randomly received the minimally invasive surgery to deliver a drug designed to dissolve their golf ball-sized clots went home from the hospital an average of 38 days sooner and saved an estimated $44,000.

Treating Nerve Compression Disorders In Athletes

February 8, 2013 10:11 am | by Julia Evangelou Strait | News | Comments

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.


February 8, 2013 9:49 am | by Mazor Robotics | Mazor Robotics Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance is designed to transform spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly-accurate, state-of-the-art robotic procedures, with less radiation—even for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformity cases. It is powered by clinically validated technology and meant for a wide range of clinical applications.

SynTrack OR-Max

February 8, 2013 9:43 am | by IBSS | Product Releases | Comments

SynTrack OR-Max from IBSS is designed to dramatically increase efficiency in the OR. Use the new-found efficiency to increase case throughput, adding another case per O.R. daily using current resource levels; or substantially reduce costs of current caseloads.

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