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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy May be Safer

March 24, 2015 2:02 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Examining short- and long-term complications, quality of life, and overall mortality, researchers found that abdominal surgery carries a higher risk of complications, decreased quality of life, and death.

Live Donor Liver Transplantation Found Safe and Effective

March 20, 2015 11:37 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research indicates that emergency evaluations of living liver donors can be conducted safely...

New Approach Helps High-Risk Patients Avoid Aortic Aneurysm

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

A new study has found that abdominal aortic aneurysm repair can extend the lives in patients who...

Injectable Polymer Could Keep Soldiers, Trauma Patients From Bleeding to Death

March 11, 2015 12:33 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens...

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DoD Awards Grant for Non-Antibiotic Infection Therapy

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Neumedicines | News | Comments

Neumedicines has been awarded a DoD grant for a clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a prophylactic immunotherapy in surgical wounds, for the purpose of avoiding infection.

Facilities Facing More Pressure To Prevent Bed Sores

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Kevin Damask | Articles | Comments

On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.                                       

Good Cosmetic Results And Safety With Liposculpture of the Hips

January 16, 2015 11:41 am | News | Comments

Two decades of experience by senior plastic surgeons in different parts of the world show excellent cosmetic results and low complication rates with liposculpture of the hips, flanks, and thighs, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...

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Cardiac Specialists Recommend Donor Heart Allocation Changes

January 14, 2015 11:59 am | News | Comments

A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and posttransplant. ...    

Group Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Recover Through Tatoos

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don't choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars. ...    

FDA Approves Antria Phase 2 Stem Cell Clinical Trials

January 12, 2015 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Clinical research company Antria, Inc. announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the next step in medical research to help patients look younger using their own stem cells. ...          

Ischemic Micro-Lesions Associated With Flow-Diverting Stents for Aneurysms

January 8, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

The use of flow-diverting stents to treat intracranial aneurysms appears safe and highly successful. Recently, however, there have been reports of ischemic complications occurring in brain territories supplied by the parent artery in which the stent is placed and in brain regions fed by small arterial branches whose ostia are covered by the stent. ...   

Conjoined Twins Recovering From First Separation Surgery

January 6, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Long, First Coast News | News | Comments

Doctors along with the parents of conjoined twins, Carter and Conner Mirabal, held a news conference Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. According to Dr. Dan Robie, a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Clinic, the first challenge during surgery for Carter and Conner was the underdeveloped abdominal wall that left the intestines exposed. ...  

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51 Years After Wreck, Surgery Finds Car Part in Man's Arm

January 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm. ...     

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

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. ...   

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. ...

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."...   

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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. ...     

Research Shows Promise in Reducing Complications of Gastrointestinal Surgery

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

ACell, Inc. announced recently that a peer-reviewed study, "Esophageal Reinforcement with an Extracellular Scaffold During Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer," was published in the October, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology, featuring its MatriStem Surgical Matrix PSM device. ...

Boy With Massive Tumor Moved Out of ICU

December 9, 2014 10:06 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had portions of a massive tumor removed in New Mexico is out of intensive care, a spokesman for a church helping the boy said Sunday. Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho told The Associated Press that Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano is recovering after his 11-hour surgery on Nov. 17. ...  

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. ...                     

Researchers Explore 3-D Microsurgical Anatomy of Brainstem

December 2, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem--and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a special article published in Operative Neurosurgery, a quarterly supplement to Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. ...

Complication Rate Low in Nose Job Using Patient's Rib Cage

December 1, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

Using a patient's own rib cartilage (autologous) for rhinoplasty appears to be associated with low rates of overall long-term complications and problems at the rib site where the cartilage is removed, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. ... 

Another Amazing Feat From the Cleveland Clinic

November 21, 2014 10:53 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It's been nearly six years since the Cleveland Clinic performed an amazing near-total face transplant. About two months ago, the Clinic did it again.                  

Cleveland Clinic Performs Second Near-Total Face Transplant

November 19, 2014 11:01 am | by Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer | News | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday used Twitter to announce some big news – that they successfully transplanted 90 percent of a patient's face, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer ...            

2014 ESP Award Winner - First Place, Surgical Instruments, Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple Technology

November 11, 2014 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple Technology from Covidien is positioned as the only endo stapler currently in the market with a preloaded buttress material that can save time and reduce waste in the OR.  

TIDI Products Announces Acquisition of CFI Medical Solutions

November 7, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clinically differentiated, single-use, medical devices, has acquired CFI Medical Solutions of Fenton, Mich., a diversified medical device manufacturer and engineering resource for hospitals, distributors, and global original equipment manufacturers ... 

Treatment for Amputees Remains a Challenge

November 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Army doctors in the First World War were helpless to stop soldiers who lost limbs from suffering in pain, according to researchers. A century on, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the loss of limbs common among military casualties once again, but while prosthetic technology has improved dramatically, there is still a shortage of effective treatments for pain caused by damaged nerves ... 

Canadian Volunteers Providing Surgery in Ukraine

November 6, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

On Wednesday, a team of Canadian medical professionals will travel to Ukraine to provide specialized post-traumatic reconstructive surgical procedures otherwise unavailable to the people there.                

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