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Organs Printed on Demand: The Challenges of Taking Engineered Tissue from Lab to the Bedside

April 30, 2014 10:03 am | by NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering | News | Comments

As remarkable advancements in lab-created organs and tissues continue, the challenge becomes how to move the technology from the laboratory to the operating room. NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (NC State ISE) is the only...

FDA Addresses Surgical Mesh Risks for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

April 29, 2014 10:16 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued two proposed orders to address the health risks associated with surgical mesh used for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If finalized, the orders would reclassify surgical...

CryoLife Receives 510(k) Clearance for PerClot Topical Hemostatic Powder in the U.S.

April 29, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance for PerClot Topical hemostatic powder from the U.S. Food and Drug...   

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Collagen for the Knee

April 28, 2014 12:16 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute IGB | News | Comments

Five million people suffer cartilage damage to the knee every year in Germany. Cartilage injuries are not only painful; they can lead to osteoarthritis decades later. In the course of the disease, the protective shock absorbing cartilage...

GS Medical USA’s AnyPlus T/PLIF Cage Gets FDA Clearance

April 28, 2014 11:04 am | by GS Medical USA | News | Comments

GS Medical USA, LLC (GSM), a global manufacturer and supplier of spinal implants, instrumentation, and developer of innovative surgical solutions, today announced that the AnyPlus T/PLIF Cage has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

New Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Robotics for Lung Surgery

April 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Intuitive Surgical Inc. | News | Comments

Two new studies on the effect of different surgical techniques on patient outcomes showed robotic-assisted lung surgery can deliver equal or better results compared with both open surgery and the most widely used minimally invasive surgical...

Bausch + Lomb Secures Exclusive License to 3-D Surgical Navigation Technology for Cataract Surgery

April 28, 2014 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, today announced it has entered into an exclusive license agreement for a three-dimensional surgical navigation technology, the Cirle Surgical Navigation System, from Cirle, Inc., a medical...

SI-BONE, Inc. Closes $33 Million Growth Capital Financing

April 28, 2014 7:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that has pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System@, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device used to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the completion of a $33 million growth capital...

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Revolutionary 'Metamaterial' Has Potential to Reshape Neurosurgery

April 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

The development of graphene — a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties — may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report in the May issue...

New Tricks for Old Dogs: 3D Scanning Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

April 25, 2014 11:18 am | by GKS Services | Laser Design & GKS Global Services | Articles | Comments

With an eye to its teaching mission and updated methods, one company wanted to create a comprehensive training video for its hip replacement surgery procedure. In the past, they had relied on hard copy manuals and PowerPoint presentations...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz...

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Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

Luna Receives Second Payment of $6 Million from Intuitive Surgical

April 24, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Luna Innovations Incorporated, which develops and manufactures new-generation products for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy, and defense markets, today announced that it has received the second payment of $6 million...

Personalized Surgery Tools Enable Surgeons to Operate on the Smallest Patients

April 23, 2014 2:25 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems announced today that its Medical ModelingVirtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology - the combination of its production grade 3D printing and personalized surgery tools - has enabled surgeons to conduct complex surgical procedures...

Radiopaque Fillers: Making an Informed Decision

April 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Norton, Inside Sales/Customer Service Representative, Compounding Solutions | Articles | Comments

Making the decision on a radiopaque filler to use in medical catheter tubing may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that the choice you make can change the end result and properties. It is very important to know the differences between...

Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Sp System Earns FDA Clearance

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the da Vinci Sp Surgical System, which is designed to expand the Company's single-incision...

Aperion Biologics, Inc. Granted CE Mark for Z-Lig ACL Replacement Device

April 22, 2014 3:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Aperion Biologics, Inc. was granted the CE Mark approval for its lead product, the Z-Lig ACLR device, to be used by surgeons in the European Union and other territories that accept the CE Mark. The Z-Lig is the first engineered biologic...

Plates Give Surgeon Customized Design

April 21, 2014 10:53 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)...

Sanovas Awarded Patent for ‘Smart Catheter’ Portfolio

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Sanovas Inc. | News | Comments

Sanovas Inc., a Life Sciences Accelerator developing and commercializing next-generation micro-invasive diagnostics, devices and drug delivery technologies, announced today that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,696,621 for its Resector...

In the Line of Sight: Evaluating Imaging Technology

April 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

There's no easy way to determine if the time and price is right to invest in new, cutting-edge imaging equipment because the clinical value to be gained by acquiring it is no longer enough to justify the cost to obtain it. There are a wealth...

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the...

Leading Boston-Based Plastic Surgeon Launches New Line of Facial Implants

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matrix Surgical | News | Comments

Boston’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, has announced a partnership with Matrix Surgical USA to manufacture and distribute his new line of patented facial implants. The craniofacial implant system will be marketed under...

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