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Chicago Hosts Unique Fetal Surgery Patient Reunion

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) brought together a unique community of families from across the Midwest: all former CHOP patients who traveled to Pennsylvania and either underwent fetal surgery to treat conditions before birth, or needed specialized care or surgery immediately after birth. The group of 125 people gathered at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

One-Year Outcomes Good For Patients Treated With Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self-expanding nitinol stents compared with balloon angioplasty. A new report seeks to test this treatment in a real-world population of patients enrolled in an observational registry.

Surgical Products Focuses On Hybrid OR Integration

September 22, 2014 11:46 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. In the article, we quoted several experts, including Christy Guadet, Director of OR1 Marketing, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story.

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New Guidelines For Managing Peri- And Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation

September 22, 2014 10:26 am | News | Comments

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) has released new evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and treatment of perioperative and postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and flutter for thoracic surgical procedures. The guidelines are published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

3D Systems: New SimbionixTM Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Training Module

September 18, 2014 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

3D Systems announced recently the addition of a new Simbionix™ ultrasound training module for the practice of transvaginal ultrasound exams (GYN TVS) at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

Surgery Could Yield Better Results For Some Lung Cancer Patients

September 18, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are otherwise healthy fare better over time if they undergo conventional surgery versus less-invasive radiosurgery to remove their cancer, according to a Yale study. The findings are scheduled to be presented at the 56th annual conference of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Francisco.

New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy stereotactic systems. The study shows the Edge™ Radiosurgery Suite is able to target cancer tumors within 1 mm, providing sub-millimeter accuracy with extreme precision.

Study: Test for Molecular Subtyping of Breast Cancer Is a Better Guide to Pre-Surgical Treatment

September 16, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

In findings that could eventually change the way breast cancer is treated, a study reports that the BluePrint genomic test provides more accurate information about the molecular subtype of breast cancer than does conventional IHC-FISH pathology testing. The results were reported at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium (#BCS14), held Sept. 4-6 in San Francisco.

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July/August 2014

September 15, 2014 4:23 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the July/August 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Covidien Begins Enrollment For Two Neurovascular Solutions Trials

September 15, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Covidien plc announced today the start of enrollment in two clinical trials designed to further underscore the safety and effectiveness of the company’s advanced neurovascular solutions. The PREMIER study will enroll up to 141 patients in 20 global sites and is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Pipeline device in the treatment of unruptured, small and medium wide-necked intracranial aneurysms (IAs).

Data From Landmark Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Trial Released

September 15, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New data from a landmark clinical trial found that after five years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) demonstrated a persistent mortality benefit, improved functional status, and resulted in a lower rate of repeat hospitalizations when compared with standard therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery.

'Electronic Skin' Could Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

September 12, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump could allow for earlier identification of breast cancer, which could save lives.

CS 3500 Intraoral Scanner Makes Debut in Oral Surgery Market

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

For the first time, Carestream Dental’s intraoral scanner, the CS 3500, will be available for oral surgeons to experience firsthand at the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting exhibition in Honolulu. Until recently, intraoral scanners were not widely used by oral surgeons. However, doctors who take advantage of an intraoral scanner are finding several benefits in doing so.

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3D-Printed Replica Brains Used To Guide Life-Changing Pediatric Surgery

September 11, 2014 11:52 am | by Justine Alford, IFLscience.com | News | Comments

It seems the applications for 3D printing are endless. Scientists have churned out everything from houses to rocket parts, blood vessels to artificial limbs. Now, to add to the ever-growing collection of awesome 3D-printed goodies, medics have used the famous additive manufacturing technology to produce replicas of infants’ brains in order to practice life-saving but risky surgical procedures.

Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision To Surgery

September 11, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica, a team of researchers has developed a powerful technique to focus laser light through even the murkiest of surroundings without the need for a guide star. This innovation, a specialized version of an adaptive optics microscope, can resolve a point less than one thousandth of a millimeter across.

Scientists Reach Milestone To Build Replacement Kidneys In Lab

September 9, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood.

Olympus Announces Most Advanced Hemostasis Clip

September 9, 2014 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced Monday the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro™ hemostasis clip designed for bleed control and defect closure during GI endoscopy procedures.

Study: Stem Cells Can Work To Treat Lung Disease

September 9, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

A new study has revealed how stem cells work to improve lung function in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Previous studies have shown that stem cells can reduce lung inflammation and restore some function in ARDS, but experts are not sure how this occurs. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress, brings us a step closer to understanding the mechanisms that occur within an injured lung.

Collaborative Study Finds New Approach For Treating Esophageal Cancer

September 9, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Drawing on their clinical and scientific experience, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a new strategy for attacking esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

Bone Cancer Surgery Team Sees Success In Application Of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report published online in Medical Devices.

Plastic Surgeon Introduces Wound Healing Aid

September 8, 2014 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

ScaRx®Tape is hypoallergenic and made with non-toxic adhesive. It is latex free and breathable, maintaining skin integrity. ScaRx®Tape has been shown to last about a week even with bathing. Instructions recommend that patients use ScaRx®Tape continuously for several months to help achieve the best scars possible.

Babies In The Womb Helped By Spina Bifida Surgery

September 8, 2014 11:38 am | by Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Des Moines Register | News | Comments

Chelsy and Jeff King knew little about spina bifida when an ultrasound showed signs of the condition midway through pregnancy. They soon learned that the defect could be repaired before their baby was even born. The routine ultrasound at 19 weeks of pregnancy detected an opening in the baby’s spine. Chelsy went online to research spina bifida and learned about a surgical procedure that could be performed in utero.

Study: One Facial Operation Can Safely Address Major Aspects Of Aging

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A total facial rejuvenation that combines three procedures to address the multiple signs of an aging face and neck can be performed safely at one time, a new study shows. Total facial rejuvenation, which combines an extensive facelift to tighten skin and muscle; specialized, midface implants to restore fullness; and laser resurfacing to reduce skin's irregular texture and discoloration, can be safely performed at one time.

FDA OKs Merck Drug, First In New Cancer Drug Class

September 5, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. Experts called the news "game-changing" for patients with the deadly skin cancer, which is becoming more common and kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year.

3D Printing Aids in Complex Brain Surgery of Brazilian Baby

September 5, 2014 10:55 am | by Eddie Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com | News | Comments

Dr. Hélio Rubens Machado, a neurosurgeon at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was recently faced with quite the challenge, in performing surgery on a young child who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. With the help of CTI though, he was able to take a 3D scan of the child’s head and brain, and then 3D print it out to use as a reference prior to, and during surgery.

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