Following Dr. Eric Skarsgard on his grueling 19-hour day at BC Children's Hospital, we meet several of his patients -- some of who need surgery that day, and some who have chronic conditions and need regular check-ups with him -- and learn how he works with medical students and on research projects as time allows.
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- Venous thromboembolism (VTE) after colorectal surgery is nearly twice as common when a patient undergoes an open procedure compared to laparoscopy, a study using a large, national database shows.
Richard Edwards undergoes a double hand transplant in which his hands are amputated and replaced with hands from a donor. This is the first time this has been done.
A Melbourne mother is preparing to sue a local hospital after doctors left a 30cm surgical instrument inside her bowel during an operation. Marion Fernando, 42, from Narre Warren South in Melbourne's east, suffered for six days after surgeons at Dandenong hospital left the metal object inside her during a hysterectomy procedure last Thursday.
Robotic devices are increasingly being used in complex surgical procedures. Where once a surgeon's steady hands were tools of ultimate precision, Israeli surgeons are now using robots to assist in complicated spinal operations. Mazor Robotics, an Israeli company, has developed a robotic guidance system to assist surgeons during complex spine surgeries.
The Gamma Knife allows neurosurgeons to operate on abnormal areas of the brain without making an incision. This stereotactic radiosurgery system is designed to precisely target and destroy abnormal tissue within the skull using highly focused gamma radiation. For more information, please visit www.
Surgeons at Nationwide Children's Hospital have performed the first successful bloodless heart transplant on a 6-year-old boy. The surgery provides hope for fewer blood transfusions and more successful transplants.