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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.