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Thu - June 30, 2016 10:13 am  |  Article Hits:2144
Robotic surgery is increasingly used in the field of rectal cancer surgery. Since miles introduced the technique in 1908, abdominoperineal resection (APR) has been the gold standard treatment option for distal rectal cancer. However, improved surgical techniques, better instrumentation, and increased understanding that a tumour- free margin of 1-2 cm is ontologically safe, together with advances in preoperative chemo radiation therapy, have led to a shift in the treatment of rectal cancer to sphincter –preserving surusinga double-stapling technique after ultralow (ISR) has been adopted as an alternative to abdominoperineal excision for very low rectal tumours.  MORE
Wed - June 29, 2016 5:38 am  |  Article Hits:2192
Postprandial hypoglycemia after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy may be predicted by low presurgery plasma glucose concentrations, high insulin sensitivity and better beta-cell glucose sensitivity, study data show.

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Wed - June 29, 2016 12:09 am  |  Article Hits:2363
5G provides the surgeon with the sense of touch during remote surgery which can be used for diagnosis or during the surgery for identifying cancerous tissue. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Kings College London will be demonstrating a 5G use case of tactile robotic surgery at 5G World 2016 in London on 29-30 June.  MORE
Sun - June 26, 2016 6:23 am  |  Article Hits:1381
United Kingdom June 23 2016
A man who suffered horrendous abdominal and pelvic complications following failures in surgery to treat bowel cancer has received compensation. Mr Shortall, was represented by specialist medical negligence lawyer, Dr James Piers. Mr Shortall was diagnosed with bowel cancer in the summer of 2008. He underwent laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) to remove the cancerous section of bowel and to re-join the bowel ends. The process of re-joining the bowel ends was not performed correctly (which can happen) and the join leaked.

Mr Shortall became profoundly unwell because of this leak, and eight days later had to undergo further extensive surgery to wash out his abdomen and perform a colostomy.
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Tue - June 21, 2016 1:25 pm  |  Article Hits:2190
Dr. Sullivan was also the first physician in the United States to place a transpyloric shuttle device in a human patient. The shuttle consists of a large spherical bulb connected by a flexible tether to a smaller cylindrical bulb. Once placed endoscopically, the bulbs create an intermittent seal intended to reduce the rate of gastric outflow, resulting in decreased caloric intake and increased weight loss. An open-label, nonrandomized study of 20 patients treated with the transpyloric shuttle was reported at a meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons in 2013 (abstract AB ET013). After six months, patients achieved a mean excess weight loss of 50%±26.4% and a mean weight loss of 15.6±5.7 kg. Two patients required device removal because of persistent gastric ulceration. Experts said it could be approved in the latter half of 2017.  MORE
Mon - June 20, 2016 10:41 am  |  Article Hits:2163
Minimally invasive adrenalectomy has revolutionized the management of patients with a wide variety of adrenals pathologies. Since its inception, the benefits of this approach have become immediately apparent because open removal of an adrenal tumor, usually small and benign, requires a large painful incision due to the difficult access to the adrenals high in the retroperitoneum.  MORE
Sun - June 19, 2016 11:17 am  |  Article Hits:1568
A negative appendectomy occurs when a normal appendix is removed following a medical workup for acute abdominal pain that indicates surgical intervention, and is more common in people diagnosed with various lower abdominal pain.

Approximately 30% of patients admitted to the hospital for acute lower abdominal pain are discharged without fully diagnosed the cause of the pain, as lab tests are often of limited value in case of acute appendicitis. Advanced imaging studies like multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) are very helpful in diagnosis of acute abdominal pain of unknown etiology, however they are not 100 percent promising and as cost as well as a patient's cumulative dose of ionizing radiation need to be taken into account, it doesn't always make sense to order these studies.  MORE
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