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Cleveland Clinic becomes first in the world to perform robotic single-port kidney transplant

November 29, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Cleveland Clinic has become the first hospital in the world to successfully perform a robotic single-port kidney transplant, which enables all surgical instruments and the donor kidney to be placed through one small abdominal incision.

First living donor HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant performed at Johns Hopkins University

April 4, 2019 | News

BALTIMORE, U.S.: For the first time, a person living with HIV has donated a kidney to a transplant recipient who is also HIV-positive. A multidisciplinary team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently completed the living donor HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant. This significant achievement could mean that many HIV-positive people will be helped with an organ donation in the future.

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Craniofacial surgery: Customized bone implants grown inside the patient

March 27, 2019 | News

HOUSTON, U.S.: Patients who suffer loss of mandibular bone because of cancer, infection, trauma or congenital disease are left with bony defects that are both esthetically and functionally challenging. Researchers from Rice University have developed a technique to generate engineered tissue customized to the specific defect: implanting a 3-D printed bioreactor against a rib. The stem cells and blood vessels from the rib grow a natural bone material that is tailored to the patient and can be transplanted to the mandible.

Blood test helps detect heart damage after non-cardiac surgery

April 19, 2017

HAMILTON, Canada: A blood test for a protein called high-sensitivity troponin T, which is released into the bloodstream when injury to the heart occurs, can identify patients with heart damage after non-cardiac surgery whose lives could potentially be saved with timely treatment, according to research recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

FDA bans most powdered gloves

January 9, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule banning the use of most powdered medical gloves in the country. The rule, which goes into effect on Jan. 18, applies to patient examination gloves, powdered surgeons’ gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating surgeons’ gloves.

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Study finds overlapping surgeries to be safe

December 7, 2016

ROCHESTER, Minn., USA: “Overlapping surgeries”, a common way to schedule surgeries to expand a patient’s access to care and improve hospital efficiency, is as safe and provides the same outcomes for patients as non-overlapping surgeries do, a new study has found. The research was conducted by Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

Terminally ill cancer patients far more poorly after surgery

November 9, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to have long hospital stays, readmissions and referrals to extended care facilities and to die, researchers at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento have found. Their study highlights the dilemma physicians and surgeons face when their terminally ill cancer patients are diagnosed with a condition that may benefit from surgery, such as bowel obstruction, as well as the need for substantive discussions about the risks of surgery and implications on future quality of life.

Listening to music before surgery could reduce anxiety

November 4, 2016

CLEVELAND, USA: Collaboration between medical staff and music therapists can be beneficial in providing a safe, cost-effective means of managing patients’ anxiety and pain and reducing the need for pharmacologic intervention in the perioperative setting, according to a new study. The research, conducted by two music therapists and a nurse anesthetist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, examined the effect of live and recorded music on the anxiety of 207 women undergoing a biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Survey: Majority of cardiothoracic surgeons satisfied with their career

October 24, 2016

CHICAGO, USA: Despite the significant challenges associated with a career in cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung surgeons report a very high level of job satisfaction, according to a new survey conducted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide.

New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery

October 12, 2016

ROCK HILL, S.C., USA: 3D Systems Healthcare, a developer of surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, has introduced a new groundbreaking reconstruction solution. Jaw in a Day allows for immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis during a single-stage free tissue transfer jaw reconstruction surgery. The surgical planning, along with guide and prosthetic designs, is completed using the latest CAD/CAM technology. The new treatment method spares patients months of treatment.

Synthetic heart valves could help surgeons improve surgical skills

September 5, 2016

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Canada: A new invention has made it possible for doctors to vastly improve their bypass surgery techniques without relying on animals. The polyvinyl tissue makes it possible for surgeons and medical residents to practice bypass surgery using the synthetic material as opposed to the current practice of using the arteries and veins of porcine or human cadavers.

New technology allows surgeons to locate impalpable breast tumors

August 29, 2016

HOUSTON, USA: Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and the University College London (UCL) have developed a new diagnostic system for breast cancer surgery that eliminates exposure to radioactive materials and offers a less invasive, more flexible alternative for cancer detection. The Sentimag instrument enables surgeons to locate early-stage tumors that cannot yet be perceived by palpation. It received Food and Drug Administration approval in April and a distribution deal this month.

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Minimizing OR traffic may help decrease surgical site infections

July 22, 2016

WHITE ROCK, British Columbia, Canada: Reducing traffic in and out of the operating room (OR) during total joint replacement procedures could contribute to a decrease in orthopedic surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a new study. The research was conducted in response to a survey of surgeons and nurses, who stated that entering and exiting the OR for several reasons caused harm to patients.

Implantable device reduces obstructive sleep apnea symptoms

June 16, 2016

DENVER/PHILADELPHIA, USA: A new implantable device offers promise for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the most commonly used treatment for OSA. After a successful initial clinical trial in 2014, involving medical institutions in Europe and the U.S., a new case study conducted by U.S. researchers has now demonstrated that the device notably reduces the symptoms of OSA.

Medtronic announces US launch of Spine Essentials

May 30, 2016

DALLAS, USA/DUBLIN, Ireland: Global medical company Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of Spine Essentials, a new platform of spinal implants and instruments designed to make the preparation work for the most common cervical spinal fusion procedures more efficient and help hospital systems manage costs while maintaining quality. The platform was developed in collaboration with leading surgeons and administrators and launched on May 19 at the annual meeting of the Ambulatory Surgical Center Association in Dallas.

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

May 20, 2016

BOSTON, USA: A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has performed the nation’s first genitourinary reconstructive penile transplant. The 15-hour operation, which took place earlier this month, involved surgically grafting the complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ on to the comparable structures of the recipient. According to the Boston surgeons, the 64-year-old patient is recovering well.

Surgeons perform first osseointegration surgery on amputee in US

May 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Developed as an alternative to traditional socket-based prostheses, Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) have been applied for over 20 years to improve the treatment and quality of life of amputee patients. Until recently, the technology has mainly been used outside the U.S. Now, surgeons at the International Center for Osseointegration Research, Education and Surgery (iCORES) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have successfully performed the first such osseointegration surgery in the country.

Novel critical care program speeds up transfer of critically ill surgical patients

February 26, 2016

BALTIMORE, USA: Critical surgical illnesses are often time-sensitive and patients affected require care at specialized centers. For critically injured trauma patients, trauma systems facilitate transport to and treatment in specialized centers. However, such formal systems do not exist for nontraumatic critical illness. Based on the model of its shock trauma center, a team of surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in the U.S. has developed a program that effectively directs critically ill nontrauma patients to an appropriate treatment location.

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