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Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Navigation Systems

September 2, 2014 10:08 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Surgical Navigation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for surgical navigation systems was valued at $419.7 million in 2013. Driven by the need for replacement of existing...

Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed...

Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became...

3D Printing Solutions Reduce Costs and Surgical Procedure Times

August 28, 2014 8:51 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today...

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3D Printing in Reconstructive Facial Surgery Must Overcome Reimbursement Challenge

August 27, 2014 9:57 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF)...

ETHICON Features Three New Devices for Bariatric Surgery at IFSO 2014

August 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ethicon, Inc. | News | Comments

Ethicon is introducing three new endocutter and energy products designed to help address the unique challenges of bariatric procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. The announcement was made today at the 19th World...

Robot-Assisted Prostate Removal Surgery Sees Widespread Adoption

August 26, 2014 12:44 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the US has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive...

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University of Michigan First in Nation to Implant Device for Tricuspid Valve Replacement

August 26, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions...

Imaging System Guides Brain Tumor Removal to Improve Patient Outcomes

August 26, 2014 10:34 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Engineering | News | Comments

During tumor surgery, surgeons work to remove tumor tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. This is particularly critical when removing brain gliomas, as damage to adjacent healthy brain tissue can have significant effects on...

Violinist Plays Instrument During DBS Surgery

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

You may have heard the story of a professional musician who played the violin while having brain surgery at Mayo Clinic. That journey started back in 2009. A surgical team implanted electrodes into his brain to stop a tremor that could have...

FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

$1.5 Million Invested in Esophageal Cooling Device

August 21, 2014 4:30 pm | by Advanced Cooling Therapy | News | Comments

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing round to support the full commercial launch of its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature. Investors include...

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Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Heal Kids

August 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

KidsArm is a robot that allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise, and it is designed to explore the potential for automating certain...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

First Endoscope-Guided Pedicle Screw System for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Launched

August 19, 2014 2:44 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the availability of the new S4 Element MIS System, the only posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation system to utilize endoscope technology to gain direct visualization, providing the advantages of minimally...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

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Surgeons First in U.S. to Implant Device to Treat Cluster Headaches

August 18, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Baxano Surgical as a Leader in MIS Spine Innovation

August 18, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the minimally invasive spinal surgical solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Baxano Surgical, Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership...

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who ...

Stimuli-responsive drug delivery system prevents transplant rejection

August 13, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Following a tissue graft transplant—such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg—it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.

'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

August 13, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for ...

Research may lead to reliable alternative to open-heart surgery

August 13, 2014 10:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. Working with collaborators from Houston Methodist Hospital on a minimally invasive experimental procedure for heart valve replacement, Canic's work could lead to optimal design of an alternative to open-heart surgery for treating failing heart valves.

Disposable Biosensor Allows Physicians to Determine Which Patients Can Be Safely Fed Following Surgery

August 8, 2014 10:01 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs...

Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

New Image Guided VBAS Prototype Work Completed

August 7, 2014 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc., a provider of innovative and superior surgical and therapeutic solutions, announced that it had successfully completed the development of new prototypes of its patented ViewSite Brain Access System ("VBAS") device that...

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

Customized Knee Implants Have More Natural Motion Compared to Off-the-Shelf Versions

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS...

The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Articles | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

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