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International Surgical Week postponed to 2022

September 17, 2020 | Europe | Education

ZURICH, Switzerland: The International Society of Surgery (ISS) has decided to postpone the International Surgical Week (ISW) by one year. The biannual meeting, which provides an educational platform for surgeons, trainees and students from around the world, will now take place from 28 August to 1 September 2022 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

New method to improve quality control of donor organs

September 2, 2020 | Europe | News

GRAZ, Austria: Of 790 patients currently waiting for a donor organ in Austria, approximately three quarters need a new kidney, followed by patients in need of a liver. Particularly in the latter case, the organ quality of the available liver decreases with increasing donor age. To enable a faster and more comprehensive assessment of the organ quality needed for transplantation, researchers at the University of Graz and the Medical University of Graz are working together to develop a new imaging process, using the liver as test model.

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Hip replacement surgery: Practice makes perfect

August 20, 2020 | Europe | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg has shown that the results of primary hip replacement surgery improve the more often a surgeon performs this operation annually. However, it did not make a significant difference whether the operating surgeon was a fully trained specialist in orthopaedics or a resident physician being trained as an orthopaedic specialist. The results may help to improve the quality for patients undergoing a hip replacement operation.

Anti-inflammatory coatings may reduce complications after implant surgery

July 9, 2020 | Europe | News

HALLE (SAALE), Germany: The use of medical implants can be hampered by chronic inflammatory reactions, which may result in failure of the device. Now, researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new method of applying anti-inflammatory substances to implants in order to inhibit undesirable inflammatory reactions in the body.

HelloMask: First transparent surgical mask goes to manufacture

June 24, 2020 | Europe | News

DÜBENDORF, Switzerland: Researchers of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have jointly developed a fully transparent surgical mask that is intended to replace the three-layer mask normally worn by medical staff. The mask was developed primarily with the aim of improving non-verbal communication between nursing staff and patients but could also be worn by dentists to protect against transmission of bacteria and viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. The product is expected to be launched in early 2021.

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Survey highlights inadequate supply of PPE to front-line workers by hospitals

June 10, 2020 | Europe | News

DAVOS, Switzerland: An international cross-sectional survey has found that most surgeons believed that the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare workers by hospitals in the first month of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was inadequate.

Ultra-thin fibres designed to protect nerves after brain surgery

May 28, 2020 | Europe | News

HALLE (SAALE), Germany: Pharmacists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), in cooperation with neurosurgeons at university hospital Halle (Saale), have developed a new method that allows direct application of the drug nimodipine in the brain with fewer side effects. The drug may prevent nerve cells from dying after brain surgery.

Delaying bariatric and metabolic surgery during COVID-19 pandemic puts patients at risk

May 14, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Bariatric and metabolic surgery, used to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity, has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to free up inpatient capacity and reduce the risks of infection among patients and staff. However, in a recent paper, experts from the Diabetes Surgery Summit (DSS), an international consensus conference series, have warned that the backlog of operations could increase risks of morbidity and mortality for patients awaiting surgery.

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Interview: IPS Implants Preprosthetic is “a useful addition for a specific patient group”

April 29, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

In order to provide an alternative implant solution for those patients with poor medical preconditions, Prof. Nils-Claudius Gellrich, director of the clinic for oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hannover Medical School in Germany, and Dr Björn Rahlf, senior physician for oral surgery at the same clinic, designed the IPS (individual patient solution) Implants Preprosthetic. In conversation with Dental Tribune International, Gellrich and Rahlf spoke about the patients for whom it is suitable and how they developed this individual implant.

Expert panel recommends shorter radiotherapy treatment for bowel cancer during COVID-19

April 16, 2020 | Europe | News

LEEDS, UK: In a recently published consensus statement, leading cancer experts have discussed radiotherapy treatment options for rectal cancer during the COVID-19-pandemic. In their paper, they recommended a one-week course of radiotherapy and to delay surgery for patients with bowel cancer.

Study identifies safe medications to use in treatment of COVID-19

April 2, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 there have been speculations that the intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could worsen the course of COVID-19. However, a recent study conducted by researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), has found that there is neither evidence for nor against the use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen for patients infected with COVID-19.

First uterus transplant from deceased donor performed in Sweden

March 5, 2020 | Europe | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A research team from Sahlgrenska University Hospital at the University of Gothenburg has, for the first time, transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor. The operation proceeded without complications and the recipient is doing well. The researchers plan to carry out another five transplants of a deceased donor’s uterus in the course of 2020 and 2021.

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Switzerland offers Europe’s first continuing education course in sex- and gender-specific medicine

February 12, 2020 | Europe | News

BERN/ZURICH, Switzerland: There is increasing evidence that health behaviour and disease manifestation differ substantially between women and men. The universities of Bern and Zurich are now offering the first continuing education program in sex- and gender-specific medicine in Switzerland. The program will start in May and aims to stimulate the implementation of sex- and gender-specific medicine in research and clinical practice. The course is unique in this form in Europe.

LapTrainer revolutionises laparoscopic skills training

February 5, 2020 | Europe | News

TUTTLINGEN, Germany/ZURICH, Switzerland: KARL STORZ, a leading endoscopy manufacturer, and VirtaMed, a world leader in medical training simulation, have introduced a novel mixed reality simulator bringing innovation to laparoscopic skills training.

Smoking cessation decreases risk of postoperative complications

January 29, 2020 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: Approximately one in 25 individuals—representing between 187 million and 280 million cases globally—undergoes major surgery annually for the treatment of disease, injury or illness. Although medical treatments are constantly evolving, postsurgical complications continue to represent a substantial burden for both patients and healthcare systems. A recent review investigated the correlation between smoking and postsurgical risks and found that tobacco smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers for postsurgical complications.

Researchers develop smart antimicrobial implant coating

January 22, 2020 | Europe | News

AUGSBURG, Germany: Physicists at the University of Augsburg, in cooperation with scientists from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Technical University of Munich, have developed a new coating that releases antimicrobial ions. In the future, it could help prevent complications during the healing of endoprostheses.

Novel machine increases availability of human liver transplants

January 17, 2020 | Europe | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich (UHZ), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH) have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for one week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation.

Radical oral intervention not necessary before stem cell transplants, study says

January 9, 2020 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland/HELSINKI, Finland: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancers and severe blood and autoimmune diseases. Owing to slow immune system recovery after the transplantation, patients have a heightened risk of infection. However, a recent study has reported that the presence of acute or chronic oral foci of infection before the transplantation does not affect the patient’s survival rate within six months of the procedure.

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