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SynTrack OR-Max

March 18, 2013 9:59 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.

Robotic Surgery Not Best Option For Women Who Need Hysterctomy

March 15, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Pricey robotic surgery should not be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide.

High Resolution Endoscopes As Thin As Human Hair?

March 15, 2013 9:11 am | by John Hewitt | Articles | Comments

A new kind of endoscope technology with a factor of four image improvement over any previous design has recently been demonstrated by researchers from Stanford University.  It may lead to flexible endoscopes producing about 80,000 pixels at a resolution of three-tenths of a micron, as compared to 10,000 pixels at three micron resolution for current state of the art.

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The Value Of Robotic Surgery

March 14, 2013 10:00 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Recent published research is questioning the use of robotic surgery for a gynecologic hysterectomy. Now surgeons from the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center specializing in minimally invasive surgery are speaking out regarding the news coverage of this research.

Doctor Surpasses 550 Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedures

March 13, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Dr. John Velyvis says that from his first contact with Robotic Knee Preservation and Restoration, he knew the days of radical total knee replacement being used as the go-to surgery for arthritic knee pain were numbered.

Updated 'Stereo EEG' Workflow Simplifies Planning Of Epilepsy Surgery

March 13, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

For patients with "drug-resistant" epilepsy requiring surgery, an updated stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) technique provides a more efficient process for obtaining critical data for surgical planning.

Flexible Drop-In Doppler Probe

March 13, 2013 10:23 am | by VTI | Product Releases | Comments

VTI offers the new Flexible Drop-In Doppler probe for use in laparoscopic and robotic procedures for positive identification of vasculature.

Medicine's Mobile Future

March 11, 2013 9:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Is wireless medicine just a passing fad, or will healthcare professionals be able to find ways to leverage powerful hardware and software tools to better prevent or treat injury and illness? Time will tell. In the meantime, we should monitor its growth and hope it realizes its immense potential. 

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First Telescopic Implant In Connecticut For Macular Degeneration

March 8, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

About the size of an eraser tip, the Implantable Miniature Telescope shows promise for some patients who are legal blind due to macular degeneration.  The telescope implant focuses and enlarged image onto healthier parts of the macula and retina at the back of the eye.  The other eye provides the necessary peripheral or side vision for walking and performing other tasks.

Elderly Pennsylvania Man Gets New Lease On Life With Artificial Heart

March 8, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

During a five-hour procedure earlier thus year, a medical team removed Bob Phillips’ irreparably damaged heart and replaced it with an artificial heart. The following month, Phillips celebrated his 74th birthday with the medical staff that saved his life.

Breakthrough In Artificial Intelligence-Based Robotics Neurosurgery

March 8, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Imaging and robotic technologies have the potential to help neurosurgeons perform precise, fast, and more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery, identification of cancer type, grade and tumor margins and help them navigate through the brain, according to Akash Singh , PhD.

Surgical Procedure Pack Identification System

March 8, 2013 9:53 am | by Medline Industries | Medline Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., introduced the first-of-its kind surgical procedure pack identification system to help improve OR efficiency, eliminate waste, and enhance patient safety. Featuring easy-to-read color-coded labels and forms, Medline’s EMPOWER system features easy-to-read, color-coded outer packing labels and matching color-coded insert forms that easily identify each pack and reduce the chance of selecting the wrong pack.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

March 7, 2013 11:16 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Christopher Duma discusses the developing environment of minimally invasive approaches to brain surgery, some of which can be performed as outpatient procedures.

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Hybrid OR At The Cleveland Clinic

March 7, 2013 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

Cleveland Clinic feels their Hybrid Operating Room give surgeons the flexibility to tailor procedures to best fit each patient, leadsing to less invasiver procedures and better clinical outcomes.

Kinecting In The OR

March 7, 2013 10:25 am | Videos | Comments

A hands-on lookat how the capabilities of the Kinect gaming system could be utilized in the operating room.

Wii-playing Surgeons May Improve Performance On Laparoscopic Procedures

March 4, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Surgeons who played games on Nintendo Wii improved certain metrics of performance on laparascopies.

Round Or 'Shaped' Implants Yield Good Results In Breast Reconstruction

March 4, 2013 2:21 pm | News | Comments

For women undergoing breast reconstruction using implants, most patient-reported outcomes are similar with two different shapes of silicone gel-filled implants, reports a study.

Compensating For The Lack Of Progress In EHRs

March 4, 2013 1:10 pm | by Jessie Gruman, PhD | Blogs | Comments

I know that tremendous effort and resources are directed toward solving the problem of organizing and coordinating patients’ health information, and I don’t doubt that within four or five years, this problem will fade.

New Treatment Offered For Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

March 4, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital is now treating patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) with the first drug-eluting stent to be used outside of the heart.

EASY-TAG Tracking System

March 4, 2013 9:48 am | by Scanlan | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A custom message, combined with the unique advantages of the EASY-TAG  Tracking System, offers a powerful combination – providing a cost-effective, secure method of tracking instruments, trays, equipment, and repairs through cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization processes.

Teen Takes Artificial Heart To School As She Waits For Transplant

March 4, 2013 9:22 am | by Katie Moisse | Articles | Comments

Diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at age 10, 13-year-old Kyah DeSimone lived with the slow stretching of her heart until it became too weak to pump. In October 2012, she was rushed from a friend's sleepover to a local hospital. Now she needs a heart transplant.

Fully Implantable Wireless Brain-Machine Interface Announced

March 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Gene Ostrovsky | Articles | Comments

A team from Brown University, working with help from the folks at BrainGate, has developed a fully implantable sensor that both shares its readings and recharges wirelessly. The researchers have reported that the new device has been successfully working  in three pigs and three macaque monkeys for over a year.

declipseSPECT Viewer

February 27, 2013 10:19 am | by SurgicEye | Product Releases | Comments

SurgicEye introduces its declipseSPECT viewer, a solution for 3D navigated radio-guided surgery. Developed in cooperation with leading surgical oncologists, it will enable healthcare professionals to increase the efficiency of surgery with marked tumor structures, providing 3D imaging and navigation in the operating room.

Study Raises Questions About Robotic Surgery For Hysterectomy

February 26, 2013 9:28 am | by Roni Caryn Rabin | Articles | Comments

The cost of robotic surgery for hysterectomy is rarely mentioned. But last week, a new study that evaluated outcomes in more than a quarter of a million American women raised a number of critical questions.

Using 3-D Printing And Injectable Molds, Scientists Create Bioengineered Ears

February 25, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

 Cornell bioengineers and physicians have created an artificial ear – using 3-D printing and injectable molds – that looks and acts like a natural ear, giving new hope to thousands of children born with a congenital deformity called microtia.

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