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U.S. Launch of Ceterix’s Device for Minimally Invasive Orthopaedic Procedures

July 16, 2013 11:12 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics has announced commercial availability of the company’s NovoStitch suture passer in the United States. The company’s device enables surgeons to place stitches in tight joint compartments, including those in knees, hips, and shoulders, during minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedures.

ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

July 16, 2013 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc., today announced the U.S. market release of the uCerv Interbody System which is a spinal implant device used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgical procedures (C2-C7). The uCerv System consists of trapezoidal shaped implants that are available in a parallel or lordotic configuration of various heights.

Misonix Receives Clearance for the Sale of the BoneScalpelT in China

July 16, 2013 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix announced today that it has received the necessary Registration Certificate from the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to market and sell its BoneScalpel (Ultrasonic Osteotome System) product in China.

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The Power of LEDs Inside Medical Devices

July 15, 2013 3:12 pm | by Chuck DeMilo, Global Director of Product Marketing, Lighting Business Group, Luminus Devices | Articles | Comments

The medical device industry is constantly changing. New technologies and products enter the market, replacing outdated or inefficient equipment. There are numerous benefits in using LEDs for medical illumination applications including longer life, less heat, dynamic control, lower energy consumption, and in many cases, lower cost.

Abbott to Enter Laser Cataract Surgery Market through Acquisition of OptiMedica

July 15, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase OptiMedica Corporation, a privately held, Silicon Valley-based ophthalmic device company. The acquisition will enable Abbott to expand its vision care business into the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery market.

Feds charge Michigan doc with ordering unnecessary surgeries, killing patient

July 15, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation snagged $4 million in settlements with two clinics and a Michigan cardiologist accused of performing unnecessary cardiac surgeries. Federal investigators accused Dr. Jashu Patel and his Jackson Cardiology Associates practice as well as Allegiance Health of subjecting patients "to invasive and potentially harmful procedures" that led to at least one patient's death.

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center's Youngest Patient Praises New "Sci-Fi" Procedure

July 12, 2013 4:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

First experiencing symptoms at just 29-years-old and diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 34, Tommy Zuleger is the youngest patient ever treated at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and he says a new "sci-fi" procedure has given him his life back.

Philips and Georgia Regents Medical Center Sign $300 Million, 15-Year Alliance

July 12, 2013 1:43 pm | by Philips Healthcare | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Georgia Regents Medical Center have announced a 15-year alliance to enable increasingly patient-centered approaches to care and to create an innovative business model that addresses current and future clinical, operational and equipment needs of GRMC’s multiple sites.

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Increasing the Lifespan of Joint Replacements

July 12, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Southampton have completed a project that will enable surgeons to fit joint replacements with longer, optimised lifespans. The MXL project uses computational modelling to define the mechanics of an artificial joint to ensure successful surgery and longer lifespans of the prosthetic joints.

Medicare aims to level reimbursement playing field in fight between Elekta and Varian

July 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would help level at least 1 battlefield between radiosurgery devices makers Elekta and Varian Medical Systems. The reimbursement proposal would offer equal payment to healthcare providers conducting single-treatment radiosurgery for brain tumors, whether the procedure is conducted with Elekta's Gamma Knife or Varian's Linac.

3D-Printed Splint Saves Infant’s Life

July 11, 2013 10:38 am | by The Institute for Genomic Biology | News | Comments

Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse. While similar surgeries have been preformed using tissue donations and windpipes created from stem cells, this is the first time 3D printing has been used to treat tracheobronchomalacia—at least in a human.

Bard Avaulta mesh case ends in mistrial

July 10, 2013 3:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The trial of a personal injury lawsuit filed against C.R. Bard ended in mistrial today after a federal judge granted Bard's motion to dismiss, according to court documents. Judge Joseph Goodwin declared a mistrial at 2:15 p.m. today, according to the documents, during the 2nd day of the trial.

CryoLife wins pre-market approval for laser fiber optic delivery handset

July 10, 2013 3:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Vascular surgical device maker CryoLife announced a regulatory green light today with the FDA's pre-market approval of its Sologrip laser fiber optic delivery system. Sologrip is a disposable handset designed to be used during surgery to support a relatively new procedure called transmyocardial revascularization approved by the FDA to treat difficult heart conditions.

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Robotic Ultrasound Gives Surgeon More Direct Control in Mapping and Removing Kidney Cancers

July 10, 2013 9:40 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

While the use of ultrasound to identify tumors during kidney cancer surgery is gaining acceptance, a research team at Henry Ford Hospital has successfully taken it a step further by showing an added benefit when the procedure is done robotically.

Aptus Exceeds 250 Patients in ANCHOR Post-Market Registry

July 10, 2013 8:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Aptus Endosystems, Inc., a medical device company developing advanced technology for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), announced today that its ANCHOR post-market registry enrollment has surpassed its key milestone of 250 patients.   

Halt Medical Announces New CPT® Code From the American Medical Association for RF Ablation of Uterine Fibroids

July 10, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Halt Medical is very pleased to announce that the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) Panel has established a new CPT® code specifically for Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation of Uterine Fibroids. CPT codes are used by medical practitioners; including physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to report healthcare services to insurers for the purpose of reimbursement.

Pro-Dex, Inc. Partners with UC Irvine School of Engineering

July 9, 2013 4:05 pm | by PR Newswire | Pro-Dex | News | Comments

PRO-DEX, INC. (Nasdaq: PDEX), a leading medical device developer and manufacturer of world-class powered surgical devices, has partnered with UC Irvine's The Henry Samueli School of Engineering to offer graduating seniors the opportunity to work alongside industry veterans in the design and manufacture of next-generation medical devices.

LeMaitre Vascular Acquires Clinical Instruments

July 9, 2013 2:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (Nasdaq:LMAT), a provider of peripheral vascular devices and implants, announced today that on July 5, 2013 it acquired the assets of Clinical Instruments International, Inc. for $1.1mm, or 1.7X 2012 sales. Clinical Instruments is based in Southbridge, MA and manufactures carotid shunts and embolectomy catheters.

Aesculap Implant Systems Launches Quintex Cervical Plating System

July 9, 2013 2:07 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced today the availability of the new Quintex Anterior Cervical Plating System, today’s most versatile system for use in ACDF procedures at multiple levels from C2-T1. Quintex was designed to address all plating ideologies and offers construct options ranging from fully rigid to dynamic, including the new Semidynamic™ option, unique to Aesculap Implant Systems’.

Intuitive Surgical takes an after-hours dive on missed Q2 sales prelims

July 8, 2013 8:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical took a nearly 12% hit in after-hours trading today after the medical device company said it expects to miss its 2nd-quarter sales forecast. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotic surgery company said it expects to post sales of roughly $575 million, up 7.3% from the 2nd quarter of 2012 but well shy of analysts' $630 million expectations.

Link Between Cancer and Obesity Argues for More Aggressive Treatments, says Dr. Feiz & Associates

July 8, 2013 6:44 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S believes that it's becoming clear that the prevention of cancer is another major benefit of healthy, long-term weight loss that can be fostered by such bariatric procedures as the sleeve gastrectomy and the Lap Band. Obese people are used to hearing warnings regarding heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke; however, the link between obesity and cancer is often left out of the discussion.

Research that Holds Water

July 8, 2013 10:15 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Dr. Jie Zheng and Dr. Robert Weiss are among the most recent to contribute to the growing research of hydrogels, the gelatinous substance that, because of its toughness and plasticity, has several biomedical applications, including cartilage repair, implants for minimally invasive surgery and drug delivery.

1st-in-man trial for Dallen Medical's Compressyn band device

July 8, 2013 9:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Early-stage device company Dallen Medical announced a 1st-in-man study of its Compressyn band, a breast-plate wire closure device designed to help stabilize patients after open heart surgery. After the sternum is cracked during open-heart surgery, patients require specialized wires to hold the cavity together.

Life Care Medical Devices Signs Exclusive Agreement with M.E.D. Surgical for the Distribution in Ireland of its Proprietary Keyhole Cup@ Laparoscopic Access Device

July 8, 2013 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd., (OTC BB: LCMD), a development stage medical device company today announced that Life Care Medical Devices, Ltd, Ireland signed an exclusive agreement with M.E.D. Surgical, a subsidiary of Sisk Healthcare for the distribution of the Company's Keyhole Cup@ ...

Baxano Surgical pays $6M to settle federal healthcare fraud beef

July 8, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

North Carolina medical device maker Baxano Surgical Inc. (NSDQ:BAXS) agreed to pay $6 million to close a Justice Dept. probe initiated nearly 2 years ago. The definitive settlement consummates a tentative agreement the spinal device company forged with federal regulators in December 2012, according to a Baxano Surgical statement.

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