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Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Blindfolded' Simulated Robotic Procedure

April 30, 2013 12:01 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Despite all of the advances in robotics, the ability to provide the operator of a robotic system with a sense of touch (haptics) still remains a significant problem. This is no more dramatically illustrated than in the use of robots in surgical procedures.

Mount Sinai Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon Calls for National Standards

April 29, 2013 4:51 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

As the popularity of robotic surgeries climb, so too do claims of surgical errors. Why the sudden jump in robotic surgery mishaps? Some say odds, some say lack of surgeon experience. According to prostate cancer expert, Dr. David B. Samadi, more stringent robotic surgery training requirements are needed to further protect patients.

Photo of the Day: Surgeries by Age Group

April 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by CompHealth | News | Comments

Going Under the Knife—Millions of Americans will have surgery this year. Whether it’s the result of an emergency, an exploratory procedure, or even elective, some surgical procedures are more common depending on your age. An infographic by the team at Top Surgeries Graphic - CompHealth.

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Perspectives on Robots in the OR - Michael Berthelot

April 29, 2013 11:57 am | by Michael Berthelot, CEO and President, Pro-Dex Inc. | Pro-Dex | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable.

Monteris® Medical First-In-Humans Trial Published

April 29, 2013 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PLYMOUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 29, 2013--Monteris Medical announced that their First-In-Humans clinical trial with the NeuroBlate ® System for neurosurgical ablation has been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. This study was a thermal dose-escalation trial to assess the safety and...

athenahealth Hosts Health Care Hack-a-Thon

April 29, 2013 8:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, in partnership with MIT's H@cking Medicine, invites the health care, technology and scientific communities to participate in a Hack-a-Thon on May 4 and 5 at athenahealth's headquarters in Watertown, Mass.

Spanish Group Patents an Automatic Suture System for Colon Cancer Operations

April 26, 2013 3:08 pm | by Plataforma SINC | News | Comments

The Spanish research center Innotex has developed a device that enables automatic suturing of the large intestine after being sectioned during cancer colon surgery. The novelty of the system, called Insewing, is that it allows the use of absorbable suture material instead of metallic staples which are currently used and could cause intestinal stiffness and obstruction.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

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Las Palmas Medical Center Among First in Nation To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

April 26, 2013 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EL PASO, Texas, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at Las Palmas Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery. "This single-site robotic...

Ketchikan Medical Center Implements The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System

April 26, 2013 6:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: PSTX), today announced that Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC) in Ketchikan, Alaska will become the first hospital in the...

Highly Anticipated Laparoscopic Medical Device, The Novatract Dynamic Retractor, Debuts at Scientific Meetings

April 25, 2013 2:52 pm | by NovaTract Surgical | News | Comments

NovaTract Surgical, a venture-backed startup medical device company, unveils its leading-edge laparoscopic entry device, the NovaTract dynamic retractor, at two major scientific meetings this month: the SAGES 2013 Surgical Spring Week in Baltimore and the ASCRS 2013 meeting in Phoenix.

Implant Brings High Hopes for Back Pain Relief

April 25, 2013 9:35 am | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

A new spinal implant developed in Israel, has radically improved the life of at least one patient who, four years ago, believed he would spend his twilight years in constant pain. Seventy-nine-year-old Moshav farmer Yehuda Schwartz suffered from a debilitating back condition common among senior citizens but says, since receiving the implant, he's been given a new lease on life.

Ethicon Launches Next Generation Energy Device at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ Annual Meeting

April 25, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To expand choice and help surgeons provide greater precision, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. today announces the launch of the HARMONIC ACE + Shears with Adaptive Tissue Technology (HARMONIC ACE + Shears), the next generation product in the best-in-class HARMONIC portfolio of ultrasonic surgical devices that can handle multiple surgical jobs

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Virtual Imaging for the Medical Industry

April 24, 2013 5:07 pm | by Bruce Ridley, Vice President, eMagin Corporation | Articles | Comments

While virtual imaging technology has permeated other industries such as entertainment and military, it has yet to make a significant impact in medical. However, as newer, more advanced capabilities are introduced, designers may take advantage of this offering more often. This article looks at virtual imaging for medical device applications.

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd Announces CE Mark And Planned Commercialization For Laparoscopic Surgery Access Device

April 24, 2013 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd today announced the issuance in August 2012 of CE mark for its Keyhole Cup Laparoscopic Access Device. Keyhole Cup addresses a critical need in the laparoscopic surgery market and was developed to advance the standard of care for laparoscopic access.

Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Among First in Nation To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

April 24, 2013 10:53 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery.

Z-Medica Announces Expanded CE Indications for QuikClot Hemostatic Dressings Supporting Broader Use in Surgical Wound Care

April 24, 2013 10:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WALLINGFORD, Conn., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Z-Medica®, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic agents, announced newly expanded CE indications for QuikClot® Hemostatic Dressings today. The expanded indications support the use of QuikClot® products as an...

Millstone Medical Outsourcing Expands Medical Device Distribution Services

April 23, 2013 6:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Millstone Medical Outsourcing announced today that the company will offer customers an expanded medical device distribution service, which includes the ability to distribute directly to patients and to provide wholesale distribution to distributors, hospitals, and sales representatives.

Hundreds of Tiny Untethered Surgical Tools in First Animal Biopsies

April 23, 2013 4:36 pm | by Phil Sneiderman, Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

By using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians say they have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could provide a more effective way to access narrow conduits in the body as well as find early signs of cancer or other diseases.

Federal Way Eye Surgeon Develops New Surgical Training Device

April 23, 2013 11:11 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new cataract surgical device developed by John S. Jarstad, M.D., F.A.A.O. – Adjunct Associate Professor, Pacific NW University C.O.M. and Medical Director of Evergreen Eye Centers, Federal Way, WA – has been...

Law Firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP Announces Investigation of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

April 23, 2013 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2013--The law firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP has commenced an investigation into possible violations of federal securities laws by officers and directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Intuitive) (Nasdaq: ISRG). Intuitive manufactures and markets the da Vinci...

Stanford Researchers Develop New Method to Assess Options for Heart-Disease Surgery

April 23, 2013 10:36 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a method of predicting which patients with heart disease would benefit more from surgery and which would benefit more from angioplasty. Drawing on Medicare records of more than 100,000 patients with heart disease, the team demonstrated that the effectiveness of coronary bypass surgery varied widely based on each individual's characteristics.

Man Undergoes Phrenic Nerve Surgery to Relieve Shortness of Breath, Hopes to Celebrate Recovery by Running a Marathon

April 23, 2013 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SHREWSBURY, N.J., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kurt Matthewson went out for his typical run one morning, and quite suddenly, felt shortness of breath and was unable to continue. When the problem persisted he went to a specialist, who administered tests revealing the left side of...

3v07 Medical Advertising Introduces Social Anthropology Product

April 23, 2013 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2013--Healthcare advertising is seeing more medical device companies going direct to consumers thanks to the effectiveness of the Internet in reaching people looking for answers online to their medical conditions. This has made it important for...

Meeting the FDA’s Mandates for Unique Device Identification

April 22, 2013 2:22 pm | by Hiroshi Ono, Group Product Manager, Roland DGA Corp. | Roland DGA Corporation | Articles | Comments

The FDA’s UDI rule is on its way and will impact virtually everyone in the industry in one way or another. While the rule has its benefits, getting to compliance will not be achieved overnight. This article provides an overview of the direct part marking technologies required to comply with the UDI rule and offers a solution that addresses the shortcomings of several other technologies.

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