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Intuitive Surgical boosts buyback to about $1.5B

July 29, 2013 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Robotic surgery device maker Intuitive Surgical Inc. is increasing its current share buyback by $779 million to approximately $1.5 billion and is entering an accelerated repurchase program with Goldman Sachs. President and CEO Dr. Gary Guthart said in a statement on Monday that the increase to its repurchase program and the accelerated buyback shows Intuitive Surgical's confidence in its da Vinci surgical system.

DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, Announces the First TaperFill Hip Stem Implanted

July 29, 2013 7:35 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc., a leading provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, announced that the first TaperFill™ Total Hip Replacement (THR) was implanted. TaperFill was developed to accommodate a minimally invasive procedure.

A Better Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by University of Michigan | Videos | Comments

U-M engineers have developed a new robotic tool which will make performing minimally invasive surgery cheaper and easier, but provides higher functionality over existing low-cost tools. The tool, called Flex Dex, acts as an extension of the surgeon's arm, allowing the doctor to control it with just a turn of the wrist.

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'Head-Mount Image Processing Unit' for Endoscopic Image Display

July 25, 2013 1:23 pm | by Sony Corporation | News | Comments

Sony Corporation has announced the launch of a head-mount image processing unit capable of receiving and outputting endoscope image signals, or controlling video images, which can then be displayed in 3D or 2D on an accompanying head-mounted monitor.

IBIS Could Make Keyhole Robotic Surgery Cheaper

July 25, 2013 10:44 am | by Diginfonews | Videos | Comments

The IBIS system, developed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, uses many off-the shelf devices to perform the same or similar tasks that the more well-known da Vinci surgical robot can perform. Essentially, providing a quality keyhole surgery technology for potentially one tenth the cost, according to the researchers.

Probe into Doctor Using 'Household' Drill

July 24, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials at a hospital in Moldova are investigating a surgeon's claim that he had to use a handyman's drill to perform an operation because proper equipment was unavailable. Grigore Rusanovschi, a doctor at the Valentin Ignatenco Hospital in Chisinau, says he posted a video online Monday showing him using the drill.

Intuitive Surgical reveals details of FDA warning letter, follow-up visit

July 23, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Robot surgical devices maker Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) has had a rough few months, and the tension wasn't much eased by news that the company had been the subject of an FDA warning letter following a facilities inspection. In its most recent financial report, Intuitive said that the FDA had issued a Form FDA 483 warning citing 4 "objectionable observations" from the inspection.

Stryker pulls spinal devices off the shelves following failure reports

July 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Australia sounded the alarm on Stryker's Oasys Midline Occipital Plate, sending a warning to patients and surgeons that the spine stabilization device might break after surgery. Stryker's spinal stabilization plate is part of the Oasys spinal surgery system.

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Misonix Demonstrates BoneScalpelT at International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques

July 23, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As an industry sponsor, Misonix exhibited and demonstrated its innovative BoneScalpel Ultrasonic Bone Cutting System, which is rapidly gaining acceptance with spine surgeons worldwide. Consistent with the scientific theme of the meeting, an abstract titled "Blood Loss Reduced During Surgical Correction of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) with an Ultrasonic Bone Scalpel" was presented by Dr. Peter O. Newton in the form of an e-poster.

Medical Device Designer Wins 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

July 23, 2013 11:39 am | by MIT TechTV | Videos | Comments

Nikolai Begg grew up in a box of LEGO bricks and hasn’t stopped tinkering since. He is an accomplished inventor with a portfolio of novel medical devices, and today, Begg was named the recipient of the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventions that are making surgical procedures less invasive.

BMC Surgeon Recommends Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Be Abandoned

July 23, 2013 10:04 am | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

In a Special Report in the current issue of Circulation, Boston Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeon Harold Lazar, MD, has found that off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (OPCAB) surgery has failed to show any significant improvement in short-term morbidity or mortality as compared to the traditional on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Cook Medical Introduces Tissue Repair Technology

July 22, 2013 12:03 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cook Medical launched a new treatment option today for rhinologists who treat patients that suffer from difficult-to-heal conditions in the nasal passages. The Biodesign ENT Repair Graft acts as an adjunct to aid in the natural healing process following nasal and sinus mucosal surgery.

Successful Control of Bleeding by Closing Vena Cava Wound with Nanosheets

July 22, 2013 11:59 am | by ACN Newswire | News | Comments

Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage leading to death. Especially in the thin-walled vena cava abundant with blood, a tear in a small laceration soon widens, requiring a difficult and specialized vascular surgery technique to be fixed.

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Minimally Invasive Devices adds another $2.5M to $9M fundraising round

July 22, 2013 10:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ohio-based Minimally Invasive Devices capped an $11.5 million Series B funding round with a final $2.5 million investment from Radius Ventures, according to a company statement. MID said it's putting the new cash into marketing and sales for its FDA-cleared device for laparoscopic surgeons, the FloShield vision system.

Intuitive Surgical Slumps After FDA Warning Letter

July 18, 2013 6:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. slumped in after-hours trading Thursday after the robotic surgery device maker said it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration. Intuitive Surgical said the warning relates to two problems the FDA observed during an inspection performed during the second quarter.

First Robotic-Assisted Stent Placement in Acute Heart-Attack Patient Performed

July 18, 2013 2:38 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics announced today that Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center in Aberdeen, S.D. became the first hospital to perform a Robotic Angioplasty for a patient with an acute heart-attack, achieving a far better door-to-balloon time than the national standard.

Next-Generation Total Foot System Offers Surgeons More Foot Fixation Options

July 18, 2013 11:59 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation today announced the commercial launch of the Integra(R) Total Foot System 2, which addresses both reconstruction and acute fractures of the forefoot, midfoot and hindfoot. The Total Foot System 2 enhances the current system by offering a wider variety of plates to better meet surgeons' needs.

New Surgical Knife Can Instantly Detect Cancer

July 17, 2013 2:34 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they've removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday. Surgeons typically use knives that heat tissue as they cut, producing a sharp-smelling smoke. The new knife analyzes the smoke and can instantly signal whether the tissue is cancerous or healthy.

Hansen Medical and Philips Reinforce Collaboration in Robotic Systems for Endovascular Interventions

July 17, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical and Royal Philips announced that they have reached an important milestone in their long-term collaboration by securing certified compatibility -- article 12 of the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by 2007/47/EC -- between Hansen Medical's Magellan™ Robotic System and Philips' Allura interventional X-ray systems.

U.S. Launch of Ceterix’s Device for Minimally Invasive Orthopaedic Procedures

July 16, 2013 11:12 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics has announced commercial availability of the company’s NovoStitch suture passer in the United States. The company’s device enables surgeons to place stitches in tight joint compartments, including those in knees, hips, and shoulders, during minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedures.

ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

July 16, 2013 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc., today announced the U.S. market release of the uCerv Interbody System which is a spinal implant device used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgical procedures (C2-C7). The uCerv System consists of trapezoidal shaped implants that are available in a parallel or lordotic configuration of various heights.

Misonix Receives Clearance for the Sale of the BoneScalpelT in China

July 16, 2013 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix announced today that it has received the necessary Registration Certificate from the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to market and sell its BoneScalpel (Ultrasonic Osteotome System) product in China.

The Power of LEDs Inside Medical Devices

July 15, 2013 3:12 pm | by Chuck DeMilo, Global Director of Product Marketing, Lighting Business Group, Luminus Devices | Articles | Comments

The medical device industry is constantly changing. New technologies and products enter the market, replacing outdated or inefficient equipment. There are numerous benefits in using LEDs for medical illumination applications including longer life, less heat, dynamic control, lower energy consumption, and in many cases, lower cost.

Abbott to Enter Laser Cataract Surgery Market through Acquisition of OptiMedica

July 15, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase OptiMedica Corporation, a privately held, Silicon Valley-based ophthalmic device company. The acquisition will enable Abbott to expand its vision care business into the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery market.

Feds charge Michigan doc with ordering unnecessary surgeries, killing patient

July 15, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation snagged $4 million in settlements with two clinics and a Michigan cardiologist accused of performing unnecessary cardiac surgeries. Federal investigators accused Dr. Jashu Patel and his Jackson Cardiology Associates practice as well as Allegiance Health of subjecting patients "to invasive and potentially harmful procedures" that led to at least one patient's death.

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