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Dissolvable Sutures Material Could Treat Brain Infections

August 13, 2013 10:37 am | by ACS Chemical Neuroscience | News | Comments

A plastic material already used in absorbable surgical sutures and other medical devices shows promise for continuous administration of antibiotics to patients with brain infections, scientists are reporting in a new study. Use of the material, placed directly on the brain’s surface, could reduce the need for weeks of costly hospital stays now required for such treatment.

The Quest for Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices and Robotics

August 12, 2013 2:02 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

The demand for less invasive devices is persistently growing, putting the pressure on engineers to put forth quality, innovative products, all while staying ahead of the competition. ER and surgical robotics and minimally invasive devices are currently holding the spotlight, seeing some of the most promising growth and innovation.

Carbon Ion Radiotherapy Safe and Effective for Treating Inoperable Spinal Tumors

August 12, 2013 10:22 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

A new analysis has found that a type of radiation therapy called carbon ion radiotherapy can control cancer growth and prolong survival in patients with spinal tumors. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that the treatment is a promising alternative for patients whose spinal tumors cannot be surgically removed.

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Century Medical Submits Cardica MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30 Cartridge for Japanese Approval

August 12, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. and Century Medical, Inc. today announced that Century Medical filed for regulatory approval of Cardica's MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30 cutting and stapling cartridge in Japan. The submission to the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) includes design, validation and verification data for the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 cartridges.

George W. Bush Heart Surgery Will Drive Misguided US Stenting Trend, Says GlobalData

August 9, 2013 11:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart stent operation will further increase the popularity of what is often an unnecessary and wasteful procedure, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. The ex-US President received a stent to prop open a clogged coronary artery on Tuesday morning, following a regularly scheduled visit to his doctor.

Robot Uses Steerable Needles to Treat Brain Clots

August 9, 2013 10:38 am | by David Salisbury | News | Comments

Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. It employs steerable needles about the size of those used for biopsies to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed.

RTI Surgical™ Announces Launch of Tritium™ Sternal Cable Plating System

August 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc. has announced today the full market launch of the Tritium Sternal Cable Plating System for closing median sternotomies following open heart procedures. The Tritium SCP System enhances the stability and strength of traditional sternal closure techniques by using a unique load-sharing concept.

The Pulse: MRI-Safe Stimulator Implanted

August 8, 2013 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV. Today, we're implanting an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator, sorting blood with a microchip, building robots out of biocompatible hydrogel, and making hydrogel move with light.           

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Over 50% of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Heart Hospitals" Are Certified to Implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

August 8, 2013 8:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that over half of the top 50 centers honored in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list for cardiology and heart surgery for 2013-2014, offer the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

Class I Medical Device Recall: Cordis Optease Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter

August 8, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Optease Retrievable Vena Cava Filter is used for the prevention of recurrent pulmonary embolism in patients under specific situations. The device is implanted into the inferior vena cava and is designed to be retrieved when the patient no longer requires a filter.

Stryker Interventional Spine Launches Two New Products to Expanding Portfolio

August 7, 2013 12:15 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Stryker Interventional Spine announced the clearance of 510(k)s for two additional products to its portfolio. Venom RF Cannula and Venom Electrode are designed to provide an effective and minimally invasive treatment for facet joint pain. The launch of the 11g iVAS Balloon System addresses the surgical trend of shifting toward less invasive treatment options.

Diamond-Based Lasers for Healthcare

August 7, 2013 10:36 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Ground-breaking research is harnessing the unique properties of diamonds to develop a new generation of lasers that could lead to many benefits, from better treatment of skin complaints and diabetes-related eye conditions to improved pollution monitoring and aeronautical engineering.

Commonly Used Catheter's Safety Tied to Patient Population

August 6, 2013 12:11 pm | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | News | Comments

A new study reports that peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) do not reduce the risk of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in hospitalized patients. PICCs have become one of the most commonly used central venous catheters (CVCs) in healthcare settings since they are considered easier and safer to use, with less risk of CLABSIs.

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Neurosurgeons Implant One of First MRI-Safe Devices for Pain

August 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Ohio State University Medical Center | News | Comments

Neurosurgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the United States to successfully implant an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator to help patients suffering from chronic back or limb pain. Neurosurgeons Dr. Ali Rezai and Dr. Milind Deogaonkar performed the surgery Aug. 5...

Ocular Therapeutix Announces FDA Panel Meeting for the ReSure® Sealant

August 5, 2013 3:11 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled an Ophthalmic Devices Panel meeting on September 19, 2013 to discuss, make recommendations, and vote on the company’s Premarket Approval (PMA) Application for the ReSure Sealant.

J&J Pleased Chinese Anti-Monopoly Dispute Is Over

August 5, 2013 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Healthcare giant Johnson and Johnson says it is pleased to put a legal dispute behind it after a Chinese court ordered it to pay compensation to a former distributor under an anti-monopoly law. Thursday's ruling said Johnson & Johnson was guilty of "vertical monopoly" for setting minimum prices its distributors charged for surgical sutures.

Novel 3D Simulation Technology Helps Surgical Residents Train More Effectively

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

A novel interactive 3Dimensional (3D) simulation platform offers surgical residents a unique opportunity to hone their diagnostic and patient management skills, and then have those skills accurately evaluated according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Researchers Create 'Soft Robotic' Devices Using Water-Based Gels

August 5, 2013 10:55 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics" and biomedical applications.

Ocular Therapeutix wins FDA panel date for ReSure sealant

August 2, 2013 2:10 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

An FDA advisory panel is slated to convene Sept. 19 to review the pre-market approval application for Ocular Therapeutix Inc.'s ReSure sealant. The FDA's Ophthalmic Devices Panel will review the PMA for the ReSure product, a hydrogel designed to seal incisions to the cornea made during cataract or intraocular lens placement surgery.

Wrong Site Surgery Cited as Top OR Safety Challenge Among U.S. Hospitals

August 1, 2013 2:00 pm | by Medline | News | Comments

Despite being a rare event, wrong site surgery is the number-one operating room safety concern for 65 percent of OR nurses in the United States, according to a new national survey conducted by Medline Industries, Inc. According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, wrong site surgery occurs as often as 40 times per week in the U.S

Digirad Announces Sale of Surgical Imaging Technology Assets to Novadaq Technologies

August 1, 2013 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Digirad Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its "Trapper" Surgical Imaging Technology previously under development, as well as license "Trapper" related technology to Novadaq Technologies, a publicly-traded developer of clinically-relevant imaging solutions for use in surgical and outpatient wound care procedures.

ConforMIS raises $168M Series E round

July 31, 2013 3:22 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

ConforMIS closed a Series E round worth $167.7 million, raised from a consortium of 88 unnamed investors, according to regulatory filings. The Bedford, Mass.-based medical device company makes personalized knee implants based on scans detailing patients' physiology, creating customized instruments and implants that are shipped in a sterile package surgeons can open on the operating table.

Mako Surgical says 2Q surgical procedures grow

July 30, 2013 6:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Mako Surgical Corp. posted a larger second-quarter loss on Tuesday, but said surgical procedures performed with its Rio system improved. The company's shares rose $1.02, or 8.2 percent, to $13.45 in after-hours trading.  

Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW GPSCath Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher RBP and 80 cm Lengths

July 30, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that its subsidiary Hotspur Technologies, Inc., which Teleflex acquired in June 2012, received FDA 510(k) clearance to market the company’s ARROW ® GPSCath ® Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher Rated Burst Pressure (RBP) and 80 cm lengths.

Poland's First Face Transplant Patient Goes Home

July 30, 2013 9:26 am | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's first face transplant patient was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, speaking with some effort at a press conference just 11 weeks after the extensive surgery that saved his life. The 33-year-old man said he owes his doctors "everything" following a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15.

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