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STAAR Surgical Celebrates Over 350,000 Successful Visian® ICL™ Implants at ASCRS Symposium in San Francisco

April 17, 2013 3:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MONROVIA, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced its significant participation in the upcoming annual Symposium of the American Society for...

Advantages of OptiMedica’s Catalys® Precision Laser System to Be Validated in 31 Clinical Presentations at ASCRS 2013

April 17, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2013--OptiMedica Corp. has announced that its Catalys Precision Laser System will be the subject of 31 accepted clinical presentations at the 2013 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference, April 19 - 23, in San Francisco....

Covidien Introduces New Surgical Access Devices at SAGES 2013

April 17, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2013--Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, is launching two new surgical access devices at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), which starts today. At the meeting, the...

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Global Medical Robotic Systems Market is Expected to Reach USD 13.64 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

April 17, 2013 6:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ALBANY, New York, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) "Medical Robotic Systems Market (Surgical Robots, Non-Invasive Radiosurgery Robotic Systems, Prosthetics and...

Five French Execs in Breast Implant Scandal on Trial

April 17, 2013 6:26 am | by LORI HINNANT - Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of women who received faulty breast implants gathered Wednesday in a makeshift courthouse in the south of France for the fraud trial of five executives accused of using cheap industrial silicone to fill tens of thousands of implants that were sold around the world. Jean-Claude Mas, who...

Robotic Surgery vs. Radiation, Chemo for Throat Cancer

April 17, 2013 3:06 am | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

It was quite a shock for Rod Sinn when he learned the persistent sore throat he'd had for five months, initially diagnosed as tonsillitis, was actually an increasingly common form of throat cancer caused by the human papilloma virus. Equally unpleasant was the news that the standard...

Encision Inc. and Virtual Ports Ltd. Announce Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Laparoscopic Surgery Devices

April 16, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Encision Inc. ("Encision") (ECIA: PK) is pleased to announce an agreement with Virtual Ports Ltd. ("Virtual Ports") for exclusive distribution rights to the Virtual Ports' laparoscopic organ retraction products in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Encision will market and...

Leica Microsystems and Bausch + Lomb Sign Global Agreement for Surgical Operating Microscopes

April 16, 2013 12:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and WETZLAR, Germany, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leica Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of microscopes and scientific instruments, and Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today announced that Bausch + Lomb will distribute Leica ophthalmic surgical...

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Researchers Devise X-ray Approach to Track Surgical Devices, Minimize Radiation Exposure

April 16, 2013 11:53 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have developed a new tool to help surgeons use X-rays to track devices used in “minimally invasive” surgical procedures while also limiting the patient’s exposure to radiation from the X-rays.

Robot-assisted surgery lawsuits to begin this week

April 16, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The 1st in a series of lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical's (NSDQ:ISRG) is set to begin this week in Washington, with a state court prepared to hear opening arguments accusing the company of failing to provide sufficient training to surgeons using the device.

Boston Scientific acquires, launches fiXate suturing system

April 15, 2013 2:41 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific acquired the fiXate tissue band from Anulex Technologies, launching the suturing system right away. The fiXate device is a semi-automatic suturing system designed to secure spinal cord stimulator leads and pain pump catheters, touting deployment in under 1 minute in bench testing, according to a press release.

Monteris wins U.S. and Canadian nods for its NeuroBlate tumor "cooker"

April 15, 2013 2:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Monteris Medical won a regulatory nod in the U.S. and in Canada for its NeuroBlate MRI-guided tumor ablation device, the company said. Monteris calls NeuroBlate a tumor "cooker" which uses an MRI-guided laser system to heat and kill brain tumors.

CIVCO to Feature New trUpoint ARCH SRS/SRT System at the 2nd ESTRO Forum 2013

April 12, 2013 10:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CORALVILLE, Iowa, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CIVCO Medical Solutions, the leading provider of comprehensive motion management solutions, will showcase trUpoint ARCH™, a new stereotactic radiosurgery solution, Protura™ Robotic Patient Positioning System, and the...

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Experienced Surgeon Vs. FDA-Approved Robot

April 11, 2013 4:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NEW YORK, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 4,500 robotic prostate surgeries under his belt, David Samadi, MD may be the last person you'd expect to welcome an FDA investigation of robotic surgery. But late Tuesday he appeared on Fox 5 News saying, "Let the FDA do their...

Sony Announces First East and West Coast Installations of 3D Imaging Solution for Ophthalmic Surgery

April 11, 2013 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a leader in providing innovative imaging solutions for microsurgery, announces the first east and west coast installations of its end-to-end 3D imaging solution for ophthalmic surgery.   Robert Cionni, M.D.,...

NuVasive(R) to Exhibit Innovative Products and Procedures at AANS 2013

April 11, 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 announce their participation at the 81st American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Scientific Meeting from Saturday,...

Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System

April 10, 2013 12:21 pm | by Michael Levey, Olympus | News | Comments

Olympus has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.

Robot Hot Among Surgeons; FDA Investigates

April 9, 2013 9:12 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system.

AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

April 8, 2013 3:37 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking.

Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots

April 8, 2013 1:38 pm | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

Adhesive Force Differences Enable Separation of Stem Cells

April 8, 2013 11:50 am | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

A new separation process that depends on an easily-distinguished physical difference in adhesive forces among cells could help expand production of stem cells generated through cell reprogramming. By facilitating new research, the separation process could also lead to improvements in the reprogramming technique itself and help scientists model certain disease processes.

MAKO Surgical Corp. Secures Court-Ordered Permanent Injunction Against Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.

April 4, 2013 8:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq: MAKO) today announced that it has obtained an Order Granting Permanent Injunction enjoining Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. from engaging a former MAKO employee and requiring the destruction of all proprietary MAKO business information in Blue Belt's possession.

Notre Dame Specialists Create 3D Images to Aid Surgeons

April 4, 2013 4:09 pm | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

University of Notre Dame researchers have successfully created three-dimensional anatomical models from CT scans using 3D printing technology, a process that holds promise for medical professionals and their patients.

Laser Technology Expands Treatment Options For Cataract Surgery

April 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

For the millions of people needing cataract surgery each year, there is now a new option in the way doctors can perform the procedure. In this new technique, surgeons use an FDA approved device called the "Femtosecond Laser" to aid in performing a number of the steps in cataract surgery.

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