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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.

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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.

Hansen Medical agrees to settle shareholders' lawsuit for $8.5M

July 29, 2013 11:46 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Hansen Medical said it agreed to pay out $8.5 million in cash and stock to put to rest a shareholders' lawsuit filed over its 2009 restatement of revenues. The Mountain View, Calif.-based robotic surgery company said it agreed to pay $4.25 million in cash and another $4.5 million worth of its own stock to settle the lawsuit.

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.

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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.

'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.

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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.

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.

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.

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