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Hansen Medical to Exhibit Magellan Robotic System at 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery

May 23, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that it will exhibit its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting® of the Society for Vascular Surgery from May 30 - June 1 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San...

New Imaging Techniques Used to Help Patients Suffering from Epilepsy

May 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Canadian Association for Neuroscience | News | Comments

New techniques in imaging of brain activity developed by Jean Gotman and his colleagues lead to improved treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy. The combination of electroencephalogram and functional magnetic resonance imaging leads to more precise localization of the areas generating epileptic seizures, giving neurosurgeons a better understanding of the optimal ways of intervention, if appropriate.

Direct to Implant ("One Step") Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Reduces Number of Surgeries and Time to Final Cosmetic Results

May 23, 2013 9:29 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct to implant, or "one step," breast reconstruction following mastectomy is an appropriate option for many women with BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene mutations seeking to surgically reduce their breast cancer risk, or with breast...

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Israel Brain Technologies Announces Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference

May 23, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) has announced the launch of BrainTech Israel 2013, Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference, which will take place on October 14th-15th in Tel Aviv, recently ranked as the 2nd most innovative...

Meeting Announcement: June 26, 2013 General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Meeting Announcement

May 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

On June 26, 2013, the committee will discuss and make recommendations regarding the possible reclassification of blood lancet devices.  The committee will discuss whether new scientific data are sufficient to support the reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness to develop special controls that support regulation of blood lancets from class I to class II and class III. 

Replacing the Cadaver for Surgical Students

May 22, 2013 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

Surgical simulators are an ideal solution for training surgeons with minimal risk to patient health and safety. This is particularly important when surgeons train for procedures utilizing arthroscopy because it requires the surgeon to perform the surgery while looking at a camera screen instead of the patient. This necessitates extensive training to ensure the doctor is an expert in the method.

Stryker Extends Co-Marketing Agreement With OrthoSensor Inc.

May 22, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division and OrthoSensor™, Inc., the leader in intelligent orthopedics, today announced an extension of their co-marketing agreement for Stryker's Triathlon Knee System and OrthoSensor's VERASENSE. VERASENSE is an intelligent instrument system that provides...

Surgical Adhesive Offers Hope of Easier Healing Following Mastectomy Procedures

May 22, 2013 11:09 am | by Cohera Medical Inc. | News | Comments

Cohera Medical, a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, announced it has completed a series of mastectomy procedures in Munich and Berlin, Germany using TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive without drain placement. With this innovative adhesive technology, surgeons were able to eliminate the need for closed-suction drains on breast cancer patients undergoing mastectomy procedures.

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Stryker Metal Hip Recall: Lieff Cabraser Provides Answers to Hip Replacement Patients

May 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2013--Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the firm issued today a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) from hip replacement patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate or...

3D Digital Process Aids in Skull Prosthetic Success

May 21, 2013 4:04 pm | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

When Chinese exchange student Jiahone Guo suffered a cranial injury during a club soccer match, he thought "maybe I will go to see God," according to a report on WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Fortunately, due to timely surgery and a custom-made prosthetic skull plate designed by MedCAD, Guo is able to do almost everything he could do before the fateful match.

Challenges Encountered in Surgical Management of Spine Trauma in Morbidly Obese Patients

May 21, 2013 11:34 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Physicians at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia describe the logistic, medical, and societal challenges faced in treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients. The authors categorize difficulties faced in the care of morbidly obese patients from on-scene immobilization and medical transport through spinal imaging, surgery, and postoperative care.

New Data Validates CyberKnife SBRT for Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 21, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Accuray Incorporated has announced the publication of study results involving hundreds of prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, the most widely used form of prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

Teleflex Announces Launch of its Next Generation Vascular Positioning System

May 20, 2013 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2013--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, announces the launch of the ARROW ® VPS G4 ™ Device. The ARROW VPS G4 Device is used in conjunction with the disposable ARROW ® VPS ® Stylet....

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The Ohio State University Commences Key Comparative Study of Vycor's Patented ViewSite Brain Access System

May 20, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCQB: VYCO), a medical device company with a suite of FDA approved products, announced today that the Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) has commenced an animal study to evaluate a comparison of tissue damage...

GE Scientists in Technology “Relay Race” Against Cancer

May 20, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2013--To commemorate National Cancer Research Month, a team of scientists from GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), are joined together in a technology “relay race” against cancer. They collectively are...

Statistical Challenges in Medical Device Trail Evaluation

May 17, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical devices are any medical items that are neither a drug nor a biological product. In light of their different mechanisms, actions and regulatory requirements, medical device (MD) trail evaluations are much more complicated than drug trails due to their unique clinical practices....

Blue Belt Technologies Announces Implant Co-Marketing Partnership with DJO Surgical

May 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2013--Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic solutions for orthopedic surgery, announces an implant partnership with DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company. Blue Belt’s NavioPFS orthopedic surgical system...

OrthoView Announces the U.S. Launch of a New, Subscription-based, Digital Planning and Templating Solution for Individual Orthopaedic Surgeons

May 16, 2013 2:01 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OrthoView PSL will allow individual surgeons in private practice in the U.S. to access the widely-used OrthoView digital templating software via the Cloud and requires just a PC and Internet connection to get started. OrthoView, the...

St. Jude Medical Announces European Approval of 3-D Vessel Reconstruction Technology to Aid Physicians in Stent Placement

May 16, 2013 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2013--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced CE Mark approval of its ILUMIEN ™ OPTIS ™ PCI Optimization System ™, a new technology designed to provide physicians with a comprehensive disease assessment tool for...

MicroPort Gets Knee Simulations Up and Running

May 15, 2013 4:20 pm | by Nick O’Donohoe, Senior Account Executive, Parker Group | Dassault Systemes | Articles | Comments

Knees can perform extraordinary tasks, but when all the activity they encounter takes too great a toll over time, total knee replacement surgery may be advisable. Product developers and manufacturers have to create total knee replacement implants that will perform as long as possible. Realistic simulation with finite element analysis software has now become vital to that process.

Changing the Status Quo for Implantable Devices

May 15, 2013 3:15 pm | by Derek Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, GHX | Blogs | Comments

On average, implantable devices account for 30 percent of total hospital supply spend, and make up 50 to 80 percent of the total cost for some procedures. Despite these large numbers, processes around managing and tracking these devices are rife with inefficiencies and revenue leakage.

New Blood Test Finds Allergies Before Implant Surgery

May 15, 2013 11:19 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

A growing number of patients learn of allergies to new hips and knees only after surgery is done. Imagine what Paula Spurlock must have been going through. Shortly after having a hip replaced in 2011, the trouble started. "I had horrible itching, really bad migraines and intense pain throughout my body," she said. "I couldn't take it. Every single thing in me itched."

ACell MatriStem Technology Ranks Highest in Constructive Remodeling

May 15, 2013 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ACell, Inc., a leading developer of next-generation regenerative medicine products, announced today that its MatriStem medical devices demonstrate the highest constructive remodeling response in a recent study comparing 14 extracellular matrices (ECM) designed to aid in surgical procedures. ...

Cardica Completes Enrollment In European Clinical Trial For Surgical Cutting And Stapling Device

May 15, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced it has completed enrollment in the European clinical study for its MicroCutter XCHANGET 30, a cartridge-based cutting/stapling device with a 5-millimeter shaft diameter and cross-sectional area more than six times smaller than standard...

IPG Launches IPG PathFinder 360™, Transforming Healthcare through Cost Transparency

May 15, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2013--IPG, the industry leading provider of Device Benefit Management™ (DBM) solutions, announced today the launch of a solution that will drastically transform healthcare through cost transparency. Built on the intelligence and expertise from IPG’s proven DBM...

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