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ECC is leading cause of day surgery in young Canadian children

October 18, 2013

OTTAWA, Canada: Although most Canadian children are treated for caries in community-based dental offices or clinics, a significant number of young children who do not benefit from prevention strategies develop serious dental diseases such as early childhood caries (ECC). According to a new report, this condition accounts for about one-third of all day surgeries for preschoolers.

Neurosurgery patients possibly exposed to Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease

September 19, 2013

MANCHESTER, N.H., USA: Neurosurgery performed on a patient at the Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester may have resulted in the exposure of eight other patients to Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD). The patient, who has since passed away, is believed to have carried sporadic CJD.

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Study suggests robotic surgery complications are underreported

September 17, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Despite widespread adoption by hospitals of surgical robot technology over the past decade, a “slapdash” system of reporting complications paints an unclear picture of its safety, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. In a report, the Johns Hopkins team says that of the 1 million or so robotic surgeries performed since 2000, only 245 complications — including 71 deaths — were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Autoclave to sterilize medical instruments with solar energy

September 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, USA: Last weekend, chemists from the U.S. presented a novel device for sanitizing medical and dental instruments. According to the researchers, the device does not need electricity or fuel to turn water into steam and could be of great benefit for practitioners and hospitals in developing countries in particular.

For lung transplant, researchers surprised to learn oversized seems to be better

August 13, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Transplant teams have long tried to match the size of donor lungs and recipient as closely as possible, concerned that lungs of the wrong size could lead to poor function and poor outcomes. But new Johns Hopkins-led research suggests that oversized donor lungs might be the best option for patients — with findings indicating there is a 30 percent increased chance of survival one year after surgery.

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Jaw surgery improves obstructive sleep apnea

August 6, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., USA: A study conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the U.S. has provided new evidence that maxillomandibular advancement (MMA), a procedure that surgically moves the upper and lower jaws forward, significantly improves obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The findings could benefit many patients suffering from the often life-threatening condition.

Endoscopes not always cleaned properly

July 4, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., USA: Three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes used for screening were found to harbor unacceptable levels of biodirt (cells and matter from a patient’s body that could pose potential infection risk) in a study of endoscopes from five hospitals across the U.S.

Hip and knee replacement: Not all patients benefit from surgery

April 22, 2013

TORONTO, Canada: Only half of people with arthritis who have had a hip or knee replacement report a significant improvement in pain and mobility after surgery, a study has found. The authors state that, while the demand for joint replacement surgery has increased as the population ages, physicians lack a set of established criteria to help determine which patients will benefit from surgery.

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New technique finds software bugs in surgical robots

April 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa., USA: Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective; however, proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers have now demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

Radiation treatment for cancer increases mortality rate after heart surgery

April 18, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Cancer survivors who have had chest radiation are nearly twice as likely to die in the years after major heart surgery as similar patients who have not had radiation, researchers have found. The study, conducted in the U.S., is the largest one focusing on the effect of prior radiation on the long-term results of major heart surgery.

Researchers review potential impact of instrument-caused injuries

April 16, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Nearly 400,000 injuries caused by needles or sharp instruments occur each year in the U.S., according to a recent review in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. About 25 percent of injured workers are surgeons. The main health concern with such injuries is the risk of acquiring a communicable disease from a patient.

After quadruple limb amputation: Ex-soldier receives bilateral arm transplant

February 13, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: A U.S. surgical team has performed a bilateral arm transplant together with an innovative treatment to prevent rejection of the new limbs. The patient received a transplant of two arms from a deceased donor, becoming one of only seven people in the U.S. to have undergone successful double hand transplants.

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Organizations develop new guidelines to prevent infections from surgery

February 11, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., USA: Four professional organizations representing physicians and pharmacists have published new clinical practice guidelines to help prevent infections through surgery. The guidelines are available online free of charge.

US surgeons might make 4,000 mistakes every year

January 30, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Surgeons in the U.S. committed approximately 80,000 preventable errors between 1990 and 2010, researchers have found. This is equivalent to 4,000 mistakes annually. The unreported number could be even higher.

Plastic surgery: Liposuction and Botox treatments most performed procedures

January 29, 2013

HANOVER, Pa., USA: Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular around the world. According to an analysis by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the most performed surgical procedure worldwide is liposuction. The most popular nonsurgical procedure is Botox and Dysport treatment.

One in five patients worldwide would consider medical tourism

November 29, 2012

 NEW YORK, USA: As movement between countries has become increasingly unrestricted, people are able to receive medical treatment almost wherever they like and medical tourism has thus become a growing phenomenon. A new survey of 18,713 adults aged between 16 and 64 from 24 countries has found that 18 percent of people are willing to travel to another country for medical or dental care.

Symmetry Surgical partners with MTG Medical Technology

November 13, 2012

WARSAW, Ind., USA: Symmetry Surgical, provider of surgical instruments and subsidiary of Symmetry Medical, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with MTG Medical Technology, subsidiary of Neuro-Competence, for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The new partnership is to further Symmetry Surgical's global presence and set the stage for further expansion into Europe.

Study links robotic prostate surgery to increased number of eye injuries

November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: The number of eye injuries associated with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has increased significantly in the U.S., researchers have found. Between 2000 and 2009, such injuries incurred during RARP increased nearly tenfold. Most of these involved corneal abrasion.

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