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Lawyer Foresees 100s More Claims Against Medtronic in Infuse Lawsuits

March 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

There may be "hundreds and hundreds" of patients with complaints against medical device giant Medtronic and a spinal surgeon accused of performing experimental surgeries without informed consent. It's the latest development in the dramatic saga of Medtronic's controversial Infuse bone morphogenetic protein.

Misonix BoneScalpelT Subject of New Clinical Paper Focused on Spine Surgery

March 26, 2013 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc. (NasdaqGM: MSON), an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull-based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other surgical ...

COWIN Helps Sensaris Certify the ZAO Biomedical Sensor

March 25, 2013 10:13 am | by COWIN | News | Comments

Sensaris has announced that it has developed a novel, multi-sensor device for monitoring vital signs. Called the ZAO, it is currently going through the certification process and will be available mid 2013. Roughly the same size as a thick paperback book, it is designed to provide professional level diagnostic data so that it can be used by medical professionals and yet its low target volume price point of around €550 means that it can also be used by the home health market.

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Mako Surgical Sues Stanmore Implants over Robotic Surgery Patents

March 22, 2013 11:15 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mako Surgical filed a pair of lawsuits against Stanmore Implants alleging patent infringement over robotic surgery technology, and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission over the alleged violations. The lawsuits accuse Stanmore of violating three patents covering haptic guidance systems for robotic surgery applications with its Sculptor robotic guidance arm.

Spine Surgeons Embrace Uniquely Effective Valeo Interbody Fusion Devices As Amedica Announces 10,000 Implantations

March 22, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive medical device manufacturer, today announced the 10,000th worldwide implantation of its Valeo Interbody Fusion Devices. The Valeo Interbody Fusion Device System, made of Amedica's...

Ethicon Receives 510(K) Clearance for ENSEAL® G2 Cordless

March 20, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 20, 2013--In an effort to continue improving physician experience, while helping to simplify the operating room, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) today announces the 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the ENSEAL®G2 Cordless Tissue...

FDA Blames Poor Training for New Deaths, Injuries Tied to Stryker's Recalled Neptune Systems

March 19, 2013 2:30 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this month issued updated warnings to clinics still using Stryker's (NYSE:SYK) recalled Neptune 1 Silver or Neptune 2 Ultra surgical waste management systems, noting that there have been additional deaths and patient injuries since Stryker initiated the recall last year.

ECA Medical Instruments Receives CE Mark for Surgical Instruments and Kits

March 19, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWBURY PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 19, 2013--ECA Medical Instruments, the leading designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and procedural kits for the medical industry and surgeons worldwide, announced today the company has...

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NuVasive(R) to Sponsor the 5th Annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo Day

March 19, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to sponsor the 5th Annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00...

Intuitive Surgical Shares Recover from Annual Lows

March 18, 2013 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. bounced back Monday from annual lows as Wall Street digested concerns over the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system. Last week an influential doctor said robotic surgeries are not as good as older hysterectomy methods. The company's da Vince procedures grew...

Analysts Defend Intuitive Surgical as Docs Defend Robot-Assisted Surgery

March 18, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Analysts continue to defend Intuitive Surgical amid a Wall Street nosedive as minimally invasive surgeons react in defense of robot-assisted surgery. Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) gained back a few points on Wall Street today as analysts noted movement among minimally invasive surgeons arising to defend robot-assisted surgery.

Intuitive Falls on OB/GYN Group Comments

March 15, 2013 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of robotic surgery system maker Intuitive Surgical Inc. fell Friday after the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discouraged the use of robotic systems in hysterectomies. THE SPARK: In a statement published Thursday, Dr. James Breeden said vaginal surgery...

Analysts "surprised" at sudden Intuitive Surgical sell-off

March 14, 2013 4:55 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical shares suffered a sudden sell-off today after the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists released a statement questioning some of the marketed benefits of robot-assisted surgery. ACOG president Dr. James Breeden issued a statement warning that the benefits of robot-assisted surgery may also be achieved through other minimally invasive methods.

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OB/GYNs Told Robot Hysterectomy Not Best Option

March 14, 2013 3:56 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide. The preferred method: Operate through the vagina, using standard tools rather than a robot, said Dr. James Breeden.

Consumer Information on: ArterX Surgical Sealant - P100030

March 14, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

  This is a brief overview of information related to FDA’s approval to market this product. See the links to the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data (SSED) and product labeling for more complete information on this product, its indications for use, and the basis for FDA’s approval.  

Satiety Inc. Escapes Stomach Stapling Lawsuit

March 13, 2013 5:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Satiety Inc. can put a 4-year personal injury lawsuit in its rearview mirror now that the case has been dismissed by a federal judge. The plaintiff, Lucia Burgos, failed to prove that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based medical device company's stomach stapling device violated the protocols of its investigational device exemption from the FDA.

A High-Resolution Endoscope as Thin as a Human Hair

March 13, 2013 3:30 pm | by Andrew Myers, Associate Director of Communications, Stanford University School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers at Stanford have developed a prototype single-fiber endoscope that improves the resolution of these much-sought-after instruments fourfold over existing designs. The advance could lead to an era of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s instruments.

Simbionix Announces License Agreement for Surgical Videos

March 13, 2013 2:08 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CLEVELAND , March 13, 2013 /- Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading provider of medical simulators and education solutions, is pleased to announce an agreement with Duke University to license surgical videos and other instructional materials. These resources were developed by Duke physicians and they cover the advanced skills and procedures addressed in Phase 2 of...

Hospital Acceptance of Vycor's Patented VBAS Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Device Continues to Accelerate

March 13, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCBB: VYCO), a provider of innovative and superior surgical and therapeutic solutions, announced that it continues to experience an increase in the number of hospitals where its patented ViewSite™ Brain Access System® ("VBAS") device has been approved for use....

CONMED Corporation to Present at the 2013 Canaccord Genuity Musculoskeletal Conference

March 13, 2013 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD), a medical technology company specializing in medical devices for orthopedic and general surgery markets, announced today that the Company will participate in the 2013 Canaccord Genuity Musculoskeletal Conference, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at...

With a Strong IP Portfolio and an Innovative Technology Platform Applicable to MISS Procedures, NLT SPINE Sets the Stage for Commercialization and Opens U.S. Office

March 12, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KFAR SABA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 12, 2013--NLT SPINE, a developer of products for spine procedures that are performed through a small incision, officially opened a subsidiary in the U.S. to support the commercialization of its advanced technology platform. NLT SPINE has developed the...

Halt Medical Announces The First Commercial Use Of the Acessa™ System

March 12, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Halt Medical, Inc. announced that Dr. Jay M. Berman, M.D., FACOG, has performed the first commercial Acessa Procedure in the United States. The procedure is used for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Dr. Berman performed the procedure at...

SurgiCount Medical Announces The Appointment Of Michael Roux As Vice President of Product Management

March 11, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:PSTX), today announced that Michael Roux has joined the Company in the position of Vice President of Product Management.  Mr. Roux will oversee the development and management of ...

Mazor Robotics to Present at Barclays Global Healthcare Conference

March 11, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAESAREA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--Mazor Robotics Ltd. (TASE:MZOR), the developer of Renaissance™, an innovative surgical guidance system and its complementary products, today announced that Ori Hadomi, Mazor Robotics’ Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Barclays Global...

Abbott's Minimally Invasive MitraClip® System for Mitral Regurgitation Demonstrates Positive Clinical and Quality-of-Life Results for Patients Too High Risk for Surgery

March 10, 2013 11:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced data from the EVEREST II (Endovascular Valve Edge-to-Edge REpair STudy) High Surgical Risk cohort evaluating the company's first-in-class catheter-based MitraClip® System for the treatment of mitral...

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