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Study: Robot prostatectomy cuts incontinence
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Robot surgery for prostate cancer lowered the rate of urinary complications compared with hands-on surgery in a new Italian study. While the study was small and contradicts earlier results, it's important because robot surgery has quickly overtaken cheaper alternatives in the U.S., helped by hospitals aggressively marketing the technology. More


12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update: Deadline Aug. 30
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

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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Simulators stand in for animals in medical training
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Although animals have been critical in driving healthcare innovation, simulators have grown increasingly sophisticated, so much so that surgical residencies have scaled back on using animals until residents first prove themselves competent on a simulator. Here are four things that are contributing to the use of simulators for training, particularly for surgeons. More

Study: Surgery should be primary treatment for achalasia
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Surgery should be the primary treatment for patients with achalasia, despite higher morbidity than observed with endoscopy, according to a new study presented at Digestive Disease Week 2012. Investigators found that although surgery appears to increase morbidity for patients with achalasia, it also reduces patients' risk for repeat interventions and relieves symptoms more effectively compared with endoscopy. More

Unnecessary heart surgery can be dangerous
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When The New York Times reported that doctors at HCA Health Care hospitals in Florida might have performed cardiac procedures on patients who didn't need them, it raised questions about the risks of such unnecessary surgery. More

Taking the heat out of tonsillectomy
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Cooling of the spaces in which the tonsils are lodged (tonsillar fossae) during tonsillectomy reduces post-operative pain and accelerates healing, report researchers. More

Study: 'Surgeon-tailored' mesh repair resolves urinary incontinence
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"Surgeon-tailored" polypropylene mesh repair using a transobturator midurethral sling procedure alone or in combination with pelvic organ prolapse repair is an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence symptoms, although some concerns remain regarding mesh-related complications, according to a study published in Urology. More

Semiconductor devices could lead to smart surgical gloves
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The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves. More

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