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Terminally ill cancer patients far more poorly after surgery Nov 9, 2016 | News Americas

Terminally ill cancer patients far more poorly after surgery

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to have long hospital stays, readmissions and referrals to extended care facilities and to die, researchers at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento have found. Their study highlights the dilemma physicians and surgeons face when their terminally ill cancer patients are diagnosed with a condition that may benefit from surgery, such as bowel obstruction, as well as ...

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Listening to music before surgery could reduce anxiety Nov 4, 2016 | News Americas

Listening to music before surgery could reduce anxiety

CLEVELAND, USA: Collaboration between medical staff and music therapists can be beneficial in providing a safe, cost-effective means of managing patients’ ...

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Survey: Majority of cardiothoracic surgeons satisfied with their career Oct 24, 2016 | News Americas

Survey: Majority of cardiothoracic surgeons satisfied with their career

CHICAGO, USA: Despite the significant challenges associated with a career in cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung surgeons report a very high level of ...

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New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery Oct 12, 2016 | News Americas

New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery

ROCK HILL, S.C., USA: 3D Systems Healthcare, a developer of surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, has introduced a new groundbreaking reconstruction ...

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Synthetic heart valves could help surgeons improve surgical skills Sep 5, 2016 | News Americas

Synthetic heart valves could help surgeons improve surgical skills

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Canada: A new invention has made it possible for doctors to vastly improve their bypass surgery techniques without relying on animals. The polyvinyl tissue makes it possible for surgeons and medical residents to practice bypass surgery using the synthetic material as opposed to the current practice of using the arteries and veins of porcine or human cadavers.

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New technology allows surgeons to locate impalpable breast tumors Aug 29, 2016 | News Americas

New technology allows surgeons to locate impalpable breast tumors

HOUSTON, USA: Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and the University College London (UCL) have developed a new diagnostic system for breast cancer surgery that eliminates exposure to radioactive materials and offers a less invasive, more flexible alternative for cancer detection. The Sentimag instrument enables surgeons to locate early-stage tumors that cannot yet be perceived by palpation. It received Food and Drug Administration approval in April and a distribution deal this month. ...

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Minimizing OR traffic may help decrease surgical site infections Jul 21, 2016 | News Americas

Minimizing OR traffic may help decrease surgical site infections

WHITE ROCK, British Columbia, Canada: Reducing traffic in and out of the operating room (OR) during total joint replacement procedures could contribute to a decrease in orthopedic surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a new study. The research was conducted in response to a survey of surgeons and nurses, who stated that entering and exiting the OR for several reasons caused harm to patients.

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Implantable device reduces obstructive sleep apnea symptoms Jun 16, 2016 | News Americas

Implantable device reduces obstructive sleep apnea symptoms

DENVER/PHILADELPHIA, USA: A new implantable device offers promise for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the most commonly used treatment for OSA. After a successful initial clinical trial in 2014, involving medical institutions in Europe and the U.S., a new case study conducted by U.S. researchers has now demonstrated that the device notably reduces the symptoms of OSA.

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Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US May 20, 2016 | News Americas

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

BOSTON, USA: A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has performed the nation’s first genitourinary reconstructive penile transplant. The 15-hour operation, which took place earlier this month, involved surgically grafting the complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ on to the comparable structures of the recipient. According to the Boston surgeons, the 64-year-old patient is recovering well.

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Surgeons perform first osseointegration surgery on amputee in US May 9, 2016 | News Americas

Surgeons perform first osseointegration surgery on amputee in US

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Developed as an alternative to traditional socket-based prostheses, Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) have been applied for over 20 years to improve the treatment and quality of life of amputee patients. Until recently, the technology has mainly been used outside the U.S. Now, surgeons at the International Center for Osseointegration Research, Education and Surgery (iCORES) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have successfully ...

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Novel critical care program speeds up transfer of critically ill surgical patients Feb 26, 2016 | News Americas

Novel critical care program speeds up transfer of critically ill surgical patients

BALTIMORE, USA: Critical surgical illnesses are often time-sensitive and patients affected require care at specialized centers. For critically injured ...

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Fluorescence visualization could improve oral cancer recurrence rates Jan 26, 2016 | News Americas

Fluorescence visualization could improve oral cancer recurrence rates

VANCOUVER, Canada: The prognosis for oral cancer has not improved over the past five decades, mainly owing to the late stage at diagnosis, high rates of ...

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