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Instrumentation for Less Invasive Surgical Fixation of Rib Fractures

September 13, 2013 11:34 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, announced the launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures with the company's MatrixRIB™ System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.

RTI Surgical spikes after dodging FDA warning

September 13, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Florida-based RTI Surgical announced this week that a new inspection of its manufacturing facility confirmed that the company had taken the appropriate actions to correct issues cited in an FDA warning letter issued last year. The announcement sent RTIX shares up 12%...

Smith & Nephew wants San Diego Chargers team doctor's suit dismissed

September 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew wants a federal judge in California to toss a lawsuit filed by a doctor who blames a botched hip implantation on the British medical device company. Dr. David Chao sued Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for Southern California, alleging that inadequate training and faulty surgical scissors for SNN's Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant led to the botched surgery on Kathleen Adams in 2007.

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Smith & Nephew’s DURAFIBER Ag Dressing Addresses Bacterial Contamination

September 13, 2013 10:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, announces the US introduction of DURAFIBER Ag antimicrobial gelling fiber dressing. This new offering in the DURAFIBER portfolio combines the highly absorbent, gelling fiber filler dressing with the benefits of silver (Ag).

Misonix Supports Uganda Spine Surgery Mission with Ultrasonic BoneScalpelT

September 12, 2013 5:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc. announced today that it supported this year's Uganda Spine Surgery Mission organized by leading spine surgeon Dr. Isador Lieberman, from the Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX, by donating the use of the ultrasonic BoneScalpel during the performed spinal surgeries.

Appeals court reverses St. Jude Medical win over Access Closure

September 12, 2013 2:10 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A federal appeals court overturned a portion of a legal win for St. Jude Medical yesterday, ruling that a lower court erred in invoking the "safe harbor" provision against double-patenting claims in a patent infringement lawsuit against Access Closure Inc.

Titan Medical Completes Functional Prototype of SPORT Surgical System

September 12, 2013 10:52 am | by Titan Medical | News | Comments

Titan Medical Inc. has announced that it has successfully completed development of a functional prototype of its Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology (SPORT™) Surgical System. The SPORT™ Surgical System prototype successfully demonstrates the key features of the system, including...

The Pulse: Robots Remove Brain Tumors

September 12, 2013 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we’re removing brain tumors with robots, using MetaboShield to help obesity, regenerating heart tissue, and pairing glucometers with smartphones for ease of use.      

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FDA Approval for Endovascular Repair of Aortic Dissection

September 12, 2013 10:12 am | by W. L. Gore & Associates | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Conformable GORE® TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for endovascular repair of acute and chronic Type B dissections of the descending thoracic aorta. This durable endoprosthesis is the only device to...

El Camino Hospital Enrolls Second Patient in Global Clinical Trial Evaluating the Medtronic CoreValve® System in Intermediate Risk Patients with Aortic Valve Disease

September 11, 2013 3:38 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

El Camino Hospital, in partnership with the Taft Center for Clinical Research and the Fogarty Clinical Research Institute, both a part of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, announced today that it has enrolled its second patient in a global clinical trial comparing the Medtronic CoreValve® System with surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery.

Existing Equipment Still has Staying Power—Part 1

September 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing and Communications, Rochester Electronics | Rochester Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Any time a disruptive technology comes along, prior generations of similar technologies are impacted. In the consumer market, customers generally adopt new technology rapidly if the price is right. For higher-value equipment, though, prior generations may find a new lease on life while customers wait until new technology price points come down.

Titan Medical's New Robotic System

September 11, 2013 11:01 am | by Titan Medical | Videos | Comments

The SPORT™ Surgical System prototype successfully demonstrates the key features of the system. These include two multi-articulating instruments, each capable of moving with seven degrees of freedom and an intra-abdominal 3D HD vision system.

Titan Medical Completes Functional Prototype of its Robotic Surgical System

September 11, 2013 10:55 am | by Marketwired | Ximedica | News | Comments

Titan Medical Inc. announced today that it has successfully completed development of a functional prototype of its Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology (SPORT™) Surgical System. The SPORT™ Surgical System prototype successfully demonstrates the key features of the system.

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Post-Operative Cancer Treatment and Chronic Wound Care Technology Concept Unveiled

September 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Neil Cooper, Team Consulting | News | Comments

Award-winning medical design and development company Team Consulting has today unveiled an innovative concept that has the potential to address two significant unmet clinical needs; early detection of cancer regrowth following surgery and detection of infection within chronic wounds.

Post-Operative Cancer Treatment Technology Unveiled

September 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Team Consulting | Videos | Comments

Award-winning medical design and development company Team Consulting has today unveiled an innovative concept that has the potential to address two significant unmet clinical needs; early detection of cancer regrowth following surgery and detection of infection within chronic wounds.

Gore Receives First FDA Approval for Endovascular Repair of Aortic Dissection

September 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Conformable GORE® TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for endovascular repair of acute and chronic Type B dissections of the descending thoracic aorta.

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.

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.

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.

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