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Booming spinal surgery triggers innovative approaches
Plastics Today
The rapid growth of efforts to alleviate lower back pain is driving innovation in surgical procedures, and in at least one case creating new opportunities for engineering plastics. As many as 240,000 lumbar spinal fusion procedures will be performed in the United States in 2013, representing a market of more than $3 billion.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
AASPA
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

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More hearts can be fixed without surgery
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required sawing through the breastbone and opening up the chest for open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube.
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Study: Weekends worse for surgery
The New York Times
Emergency surgeries performed on a weekend may have poorer results than the same operation performed on a weekday, a new study concludes. Researchers used a large database of hospitalizations nationwide to study 7,112 emergency surgeries for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, all of which were performed within two days of admission.
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New MRI machine allows doctors to perform scans during surgery
Michigan Live
A new MRI machine that provides images during an operation will help surgeons remove tumors in the brain and spine with greater precision, say doctors at Michigan's Spectrum Health. The intraoperative MRI machine, 1 of about 40 in the country, was unveiled at Spectrum's Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
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A new approach to hip surgery
The New York Times
Some surgeons say anterior hip replacements, in which the incision is made at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or the side, result in decreased pain and faster recovery.
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Booming spinal surgery triggers innovative approaches
Plastics Today
The rapid growth of efforts to alleviate lower back pain is driving innovation in surgical procedures, and in at least one case creating new opportunities for engineering plastics.

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ACOG: Robotic surgery not best for hysterectomy
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Robotic surgery is not the only, the best or the most cost-efficient method for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, according to a statement by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

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Study indicates robotic surgery curriculum effective way to train surgeons
Medical Xpress
Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and four collaborating institutions have evaluated the effectiveness of a novel curriculum to safely train surgeons on the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used to perform robot-assisted surgeries.

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Vital sign program could help make surgery safer
The Australian
A program that can predict a patient's vital signs 20 seconds into the future could make surgery safer than ever. Victoria University's Center for Applied Informatics has developed algorithms to read and compress patient body-function data in real time. Its PhysAnalyser program could provide early warning of complications during surgery.
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Children's surgeon educates doctors worldwide through virtual conferences
MedCity News
Doctors from across the globe are getting specialty medical training via a studio tucked inside Akron Children's Hospital. Thousands of physicians worldwide have participated in Web-based continuing medical education conferences offered by GlobalCastMD.
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Study: Kidney sparing surgery underutilized for patients who need it most
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have released study results that show national treatment trends in the surgical management of patients with kidney disease. The study found that partial and complete kidney removal and energy-based techniques to destroy tumors are all on the rise. Surprisingly, the patients most in need of kidney-sparing surgery are still more likely to undergo total nephrectomy.
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