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Which hysterectomy method is best?
U-T San Diego
The belly button is a new entry point for one of the most common surgeries among women. A Scripps Health surgeon recently performed the region’s first two robot-assisted hysterectomy surgeries that use a single incision in a patient’s belly button for access. The procedure is gaining traction nationwide because it creates fewer scars than other techniques, though debate continues about whether it yields meaningful health gains over other minimally invasive surgical techniques. Health providers also note that not every patient is a good fit for the belly-button surgery.
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Can Google Glass transform medical education?
HIT Consultant
Google Glass looks exciting for the medical world, and presents a particularly powerful opportunity for medical education. A white paper by the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital says, “simulation-based training has opened up a new educational application in medicine. It can develop health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, whilst protecting patients from unnecessary risks”. Google Glass is taking simulation to the next level and making it more real, as the patients treated are real.
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Custom-made implants offer new possibilities in joint-replacement surgery
Columbia Daily Tribune
Knee pain had always been an issue for Irene Sackreiter. "I've always been knock-kneed. When you have a misalignment, there is unusual wear and tear on one side of the joint, or arthritis sets in. There's soft-tissue tear and trauma. It's just like a snowballing thing," Sackreiter said. Five years ago, Sackreiter had one of her knee joints replaced. Recovery wasn't easy. "The surgery is truly barbaric. During the early rehab, the pain is just so tremendous, and that's why the patient has to be on these incredible narcotics just to do rehab," Sackreiter said.
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Robotic procedure leaves smaller 'cosmetic footprint'
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Forty-nine-year-old aquarist and marine biologist Deborah Canestrelli has a job to do. It involves diving into a 50,000-gallon aquarium at the Forum Shops at Caesars and lavishing tender loving care on rays and sharks — hand-feeding them. The job keeps her active, and it has been her career for 30 years. So, while in the hospital last November, preparing to have a hysterectomy, she was pleasantly surprised by her doctor’s last-minute suggestion. He offered her a robotic procedure that would create an opening via one hole in her body, rather than a few. The prospect of compromising her body a little bit less was attractive.
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Advancements in analytics and medicine must provide fruitful results for a pitcher's mechanics
In the weeks after the passing of iconic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, his innovative ulnar collateral ligament surgery has unfortunately become a topic of constant conversation throughout spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. As the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics potentially deal with the losses of four starting pitchers to season ending surgeries, Major League Baseball and its 30 ball clubs are reminded once again of the harsh realities regarding the fragility of a pitcher’s elbow.

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The latest motivation for plastic surgery: Selfies
Selfies are having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry, according to a study by one of the largest plastic surgery associations. One in three facial plastic surgeons said more people are asking for procedures due to more self-awareness of their looks on social media. The results of the annual poll conducted by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery come just a week after daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres tweeted a photo of herself with a handful of other stars.

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Ear-tube procedures moving out of operating room
Knoxville News
Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip the costs and boost the safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries each year. “This is a simple story,” said Preceptis CEO Steve Anderson. “We’ve come up with an effective tool that allows us to do the procedure under conscious sedation, avoiding the expense of the operating room, and avoiding the risk to young children of general anesthesia.”

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Postop endophthalmitis rates fairly stable after cataract surgeries, corneal transplants
Postoperative endophthalmitis after corneal transplant or cataract surgery is rare, although rates are slightly higher after corneal transplant, according to a claims-based study. The retrospective population-based cohort study based on Medicare claims data included patients who underwent corneal transplants (18,083), cataract surgeries (2,261,779) or both on the same day (3,705) from July 1, 2006, to Aug. 31, 2011.
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Minimally invasive surgery and trauma: Evolving developments in spine
Becker's Spine Review
One of the fastest-growing fields in spine is minimally invasive surgery. Historically, spine operations involved big incisions for open procedures with more blood loss, pain and higher risk of infection than the less invasive procedures today. "Although open operations worked well, the initial recovery period would be difficult because of the trauma to the muscles and swelling that would occur," says Eric A. Williams, M.D., MBA, director of the orthopedic residency and spinal cord injury program at Einstein Healthcare Network.
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Improvements were marginal after surgery for discogenic back pain
Researchers compared results of outcomes of community-based surgical and nonsurgical treatments for patients with chronic back pain attributed to degeneration at one or two lumbar disc levels and found that any improvements were marginal 1 year after surgery. “The degree of improvement we observed in surgical patients was marginal despite intensive concurrent treatments. These findings are relevant to guiding policy and practice for this patient population in the United States. Facilitating effective treatments based on trustworthy clinical practice guidelines may yield large benefits at the population level,” Sohail K. Mirza, M.D., MPH, and colleagues wrote.
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Hysteroscopic morcellation better for endometrial polyp removal
Medscape (free subscription)
Hysteroscopic morcellation may be a better method to remove endometrial polyps than conventional electrosurgical resection, according to a new randomized controlled trial (RCT) published online March 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. "This RCT provides strong evidence to suggest that hysteroscopic morcellation is quicker to perform, more successful at completing polyp removal, less painful, and more acceptable to women than traditional electrosurgical resection for the removal of endometrial polyps," writes Paul P. Smith, MBChB.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    'Surgeons perform first aortic valve surgery without opening the chest ('Forbes)
'More breast cancer survivors opting for reconstruction ('USA Today)
'Allergies to joint replacement implants problematic ('Medscape (free subscription))
'Number of people with new joints tops 7 million ('USA Today)
"A surgical procedure's risks, unmentioned ('The New York Times (opinion))

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