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RapidFIRE: New Kidneys, Livers Are Stepping Stones

September 10, 2013 2:41 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Chinese researchers have started 3D printing kidneys out of living cells, providing the stepping stones to 3D-printed, fully-implantable organs. So, what's keeping these things from starting a new revolution in organ transplantation?  

The Plastic Protecting the First UL-Approved Lithium Autoclavable Surgical Battery

September 9, 2013 3:39 pm | by Solvay Specialty Polymers | Solvay Specialty Polymers, Conmed Corp. | Articles | Comments

ConMed Corp., a leading global supplier of arthroscopic devices, multi-specialty endoscopic medical video systems, and powered surgical instruments, faced several stiff challenges when it embarked on the development of the industry’s first UL-approved autoclavable battery.

Medtronic traces surgical kit possibly contaminated with fatal brain disease

September 6, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic is working with New England hospitals and government health officials to track the movement of surgical medical equipment involved in several cases of possible patient exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare and fatal relative to the more commonly known "mad cow" disease.

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Is Robotic Surgery as Safe as It Seems?

September 6, 2013 10:26 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Despite widespread adoption by hospitals of surgical robot technology over the past decade, a “slapdash” system of reporting complications paints an unclear picture of its safety, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. In a report published online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality...

CardioKinetix treats 1st Asian patients with Parachute cardiac implant

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Four patients in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were successfully treated with CardioKinetix's catheter-based Parachute ventricular partitioning device, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm announced late last month. The Parachute device is a minimally invasive catheter-based treatment which separates damaged heart muscle from healthy tissue...

High-tech imaging behind overkill surgery, Mayo Clinic says

September 5, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

High tech imaging has led to unnecessary, costly and risky treatment of low-risk cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the most recent issue of the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined use of various imaging techniques, finding that their use has spurred a surge in surgical thyroid removal in cases that may have been better left alone.

ASTM Medical and Surgical Materials Committee Approves New Orthopedic Hip Implant Standard

September 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by ASTM International | News | Comments

A new ASTM International standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. The new standard, ASTM F2996, Practice for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Nonmodular Metallic Orthopaedic Hip Femoral Stems, was developed by Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty, part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.

September 2013 Digital Edition

September 5, 2013 12:04 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. “Disposables in the O.R.” takes a look at the benefits of this trend.

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New Laser-Based Tool Could Dramatically Improve the Accuracy of Brain Tumor Surgery

September 5, 2013 10:23 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A new laser-based technology may make brain tumor surgery much more accurate, allowing surgeons to tell cancer tissue from normal brain at the microscopic level while they are operating, and avoid leaving behind cells that could spawn a new tumor.

TauTona Group Sells Surgical Marker Technology to Novadaq

September 5, 2013 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TauTona Group, a medical device incubator and investor focused on the rapid development of innovative surgical products, today announced the sale of its Surgical Marker technology to Novadaq® Technologies Inc. Novadaq is a developer of clinically-relevant imaging solutions for use in surgical and outpatient wound care procedures.

Is Surgeon Driven Innovation the Future for Medical Device Development?

September 4, 2013 2:57 pm | by Fiona Haig, Manager—Surgical Sector, Sagentia | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who has ever been in an OR with a surgeon will know that pleasing them with your new device is no mean feat! So should we be looking at surgical innovation in a different way? Is industry completely misaligned to the needs of the surgeon and should we be looking to our surgeon customers to drive our approach to innovation?

Terumo to Showcase BSD's MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System at CIRSE – World's Largest Interventional Radiology Conference

September 4, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BSD Medical Corporation announced today that Terumo Europe NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, will showcase BSD's MicroThermX ® Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX) at the annual Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) conference.

Kips Bay Medical Provides Business Update

September 4, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Manny Villafaña, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kips Bay Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on manufacturing and commercializing its external saphenous vein support technology, eSVS® Mesh, for use in coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG), provided the following business update to Kips Bay shareholders and the financial community.

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SafeStitch Medical Completes Merger with TransEnterix

September 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SafeStitch Medical, Inc. and TransEnterix, Inc., a privately-held company, today announced that they have closed SafeStitch’s previously announced acquisition of TransEnterix. The combined company is expected to be renamed TransEnterix, subject to stockholder approval, and headquartered in the Research Triangle, NC.

Robot-assisted surgery: Mazor touts landmark Parkinson's patient treated

September 4, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

For the 1st time Mazor Robotics' Renaissance robot-assisted surgical system system was used to to treat a Parkinson's patient, implanting a battery-sized neurostimulator that delivers mild electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain. The landmark procedure took place at a Florida hospital earlier this month.

New Standard for Incision Care Established by Vomaris Innovations' New Product

September 4, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vomaris Innovations, Inc., a regenerative medical device company specializing in microcurrent field generating technologies for the wound care market, announced a new product that is raising the bar for surgical wound care. Featuring the company's flagship wireless microcurrent technology, Procellera HELIX Post-OpT addresses the primary healing issues of surgical incisions...

Encision drops hard following death of CEO

September 3, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Encision Inc. CEO Fred Perner died suddenly last week at the age of 59 from an apparent heart attack, the company announced this week. He had been at the helm of the Boulder, Colo.-based surgical devices company since 2011 and had spent more than 30 years in the healthcare industry.

Accuray CFO resigns, new CFO comes from Conceptus

September 3, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California radiosurgery systems maker Accuray is taking its new CFO from Conceptus after announcing the departure of former finance chief Derek Bertocci. Bertocci is leaving the company after about 4.5 years, during which time he saw the company through its 2011 merger with TomoTherapy.

Study Estimates Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections

September 3, 2013 9:46 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study estimates that total annual costs for five major healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) were $9.8 billion, with surgical site infections contributing the most to overall costs, according to a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

Significantly Improving the Treatment of Brain Cancer with a Robot

August 29, 2013 2:39 pm | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

With a five-year, $3 million R01 award from the National Institutes of Health, through the National Cancer Institute, a team of researchers led by Gregory Fischer, Ph.D. will test a new, minimally invasive approach to treating brain tumors that promises to accurately destroy malignant tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.

Class I Recall Strikes Stryker Spine

August 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, MDT | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hit Allendale, NJ-based Stryker’s Spine division with a Class I recall for the company’s OASYS Midline Occiput Plate. According to reports, Stryker learned that a post-operative fracture can occur in the pin that connects ...

The Fine Art of Machining

August 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Okuma America Corporation, Crescent Industries, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While machining may not be specified as much as it once was in the medical device industry (outside of the orthopedic realm, that is), it is still very much a necessary component fabrication process for this industry. In fact, machining is being utilized across an array of device sectors, from surgical tools, fixation devices, and dental implants to components for medical pumps, instrumentation, and implantables.

Disposables in the O.R.

August 28, 2013 3:03 pm | by James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President, ECA Medical Instruments | Articles | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. Offering an array of benefits for OEMs and hospitals alike, such as cost savings, improved efficiencies, and enhanced safety, without sacrificing the durability and strength of more traditional instruments, it’s no wonder this trend is occurring.

First U.S. Surgery Transmitted Live Via Google Glass

August 28, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

A surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in the United States to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room via Google Glass, a head-mounted computer and camera device.

Google Glass Used to Broadcast Surgical Procedure

August 28, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Videos | Comments

During this procedure at the medical center’s University East facility, Dr. Christopher Kaeding wore the device as he performed ACL surgery on Paula Kobalka, 47, from Westerville, Ohio, who hurt her knee playing softball. As he performed her operation at a facility on the east side of Columbus, Google Glass showed his vantage point via the internet to audiences miles away.

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