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Tuesday - August 2, 2016 6:56 am
Being a doctor is a well-paid profession, but the highest earning medical professionals are surgeons. Everybody who has had surgery knows just how much trepidation you feel when entering that room and realizing that someone is going to cut you open, root around a bit, and then sew you back up. Now if a robotic surgeon were to conduct the same operation, would you feel any better about it? What if robotic surgery gave you a 10X better success rate? Which would you choose it then?   Read more...
Saturday - July 30, 2016 3:34 am
Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a rotating magnetic field they show how multiple chains of microscopic magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through in a microfluidic environment. Their finding is the latest step toward using the so-called "microswimmers" to deliver medicine and perform surgery inside the body.

In a paper recently published in Nature Scientific Reports, the mechanical engineers describe their process for magnetically linking and unlinking the beads while they're swimming, and individually controlling the smaller decoupled robots in a magnetic field. This data helps further the concept of using microrobots for targeted, intravenous drug delivery, surgery and cancer treatment.   Read more...
Friday - July 29, 2016 9:28 am
A recent report from the Washington Post analyzes whether advanced technological robots in the operating room offer any real benefits to prostate cancer patients and surgeons in the U.S. While citing a study published in The Lancet, which found similar long-term outcomes in patients who underwent robotic surgery versus open surgery, the report concludes that the da Vinci Surgical System created by Intuitive Surgical adds little to no value to the long-term experience.

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Wednesday - July 27, 2016 6:44 am
A 59-year-old man presenting with fecal occult blood visited our hospital. He was diagnosed with advanced lower rectal cancer, which was contiguous with the prostate and the left seminal vesicle. There were no metastatic lesions with lymph nodes or other organs. We performed laparoscopic total pelvic exenteration (LTPE) using transanal minimal invasive surgery technique with bilateral en bloc lateral lymph node dissection for advanced primary rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. The total operative time was 760 min, and the estimated blood loss was 200 ml. LTPE is not well established technically, but it has many advantages including good visibility of the surgical field, less blood loss, and smaller wounds. A laparoscopic approach may be an appropriate choice for treating locally advanced lower rectal cancer, which requires TPE.   Read more...
Tuesday - July 26, 2016 10:27 am
Germany, July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The MicroCutter 5/80 stapler, the world’s smallest profile articulating surgical stapler, continues to enable the advancement of minimally invasive surgeries worldwide with a first-of-its kind use in a laparoscopic duodenal atresia repair in a newborn. Leading pediatric surgeon Oliver Muensterer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Pediatric Surgery, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, performed the challenging laparoscopic repair, known as duodenoduodenostomy, earlier this month. During the procedure, Dr. Muensterer used the MicroCutter 5/80 stapler as an alternative to hand sewn anastomosis.   Read more...
Wednesday - July 20, 2016 5:37 am
Medrobotics Corp, a surgical products company with core competencies in medical robotics, announced that exemplary, multicenter clinical data on its Flex® Robotic System was presented Sunday afternoon at the American Head & Neck Society International Conference in Seattle. The presenter was Stephan Lang, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University Hospital Essen, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Essen Germany.   Read more...
Tuesday - July 19, 2016 4:46 am
PHOENIX, Ariz., July 18, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to I.C. Medical, Inc., smoke from surgical procedures, often called “plume,” is a carcinogen that contains toxic chemicals, viable bacteria, viruses, and mutagenic substances. Exposure to plume poses risk to the health of surgeons, nurses, OR staff, as well as patients.   Read more...
Friday - July 1, 2016 12:03 pm
A 62-year-old man who was having a laparoscopic resection for a liver cancer began bleeding during the procedure, which was being televised live to surgeons at a seminar. A Japanese liver surgeon was performing the operation assisted by a surgeon from the AIIMS, India's most prestigious medical school.   Read more...
Thursday - June 30, 2016 10:13 am
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.   Read more...
Wednesday - June 29, 2016 5:38 am
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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Wednesday - June 29, 2016 12:09 am
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.   Read more...
Sunday - June 26, 2016 6:23 am
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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Tuesday - June 21, 2016 1:25 pm
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.   Read more...
Monday - June 20, 2016 10:41 am
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.   Read more...
Sunday - June 19, 2016 11:17 am
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.   Read more...
Saturday - June 18, 2016 11:37 pm
Acupuncture Needle therapy enhances recuperation rates and brings down prescription doses for patients getting gynecologic laparoscopy, as per examination led by Huang et al. at the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture Needle therapy diminished the measurements prerequisites for general anesthesia. Likewise, Acupuncture Needle therapy enhanced time to wake and sharpness leaving general anesthesia. In a critical discovering, patients accepting Acupuncture Needle therapy had fundamentally less post-surgical torment. Over the greater part of the above lists, patients accepting Acupuncture Needle therapy outflanked patients getting no Acupuncture Needle therapy (control bunch).   Read more...
Saturday - June 18, 2016 4:19 am
Laparoscopic nephrectomy might be executed as outpatient surgery in painstakingly chosen patients who meet consideration criteria, speaking to more prominent than 40 percent of possibility for the surgery," the writers compose. "Our study exhibits that outpatient nephrectomy might be done securely and does not require clinic readmission.   Read more...
Thursday - June 16, 2016 1:08 pm
Surgery is required for a specialist to affirm a lady has endometriosis, however researchers think a blood test may turn out to be powerful at diagnosing patients without cutting them open. Measuring ladies' lipid profiles may permit specialists to determine the regularly difficult condition to have a blood test, as indicated by studies with mice led by researchers at Penn State University. Measuring patient's lipid profiles may permit specialists to determine the regularly difficult condition to have a blood test, as indicated by studies with mice led by researchers at Penn State University.   Read more...
Thursday - June 16, 2016 12:26 pm
In January 2001, NICE has stated that open mesh (that is, Lichtenstein) repair should be the “preferred” procedure for repair for repair of primary inguinal hernias, and the laparoscopic repair should be “considered” only for recurrent or bilateral hernias. But in spite of this guideline the number of laparoscopic hernia repair has doubled. All the clinical and statistical evidence shows that laparoscopic hernia repair achieves good result and will continue to flourish as increasingly well informed patients seek out hospitals in which their hernias can be repaired with little pain and early return to full activity. After all, there are few takers for open cholecystectomy anymore.   Read more...
Wednesday - June 15, 2016 5:26 am
June 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has used faulty data to approve many high-risk ob-gyn medical devices in the last 15 years, a new study says, including the controversial contraceptive device Essure.

“Recent controversies surrounding obstetrics and gynecology devices” including among other things, the Essure contraceptive coil device, “highlight the need for deeper understanding of obstetrics and gynecology medical device regulation,” the study’s authors, based at Northwestern University, said. “Our results reveal significant weaknesses in the preapproval and post approval regulation of high-risk obstetrics and gynecology devices.”   Read more...
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