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Report: Tablet-based technology gauges surgical blood loss
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An optical scanner for Apple's iPad tablet computer reliably estimates blood loss during surgery, according to a pilot study evaluating the technology in both experimental and clinical settings. More

Report: Acute care model improves surgical care quality, lowers costs for 2 procedures
American College of Surgeons via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An acute care surgery model led to improvement in the quality of surgical patient care and reduced the cost of emergency surgical care at Loma Linda University Medical Center, report researchers who published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. More

Study: Hip surgery increases stroke risk in older patients
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patients who undergo total hip replacement are at greatly increased risk for stroke in the first few weeks after their surgery, a large new study says. The findings suggest that elderly people need to weigh the benefits of hip replacement against the risk of stroke, according to the researchers. More

Conjoined 8-month-old NY twins separated in Pennsylvania
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Surgeons have successfully completed operations to separate 8-month-old twin girls who were joined at the lower chest and abdomen, officials said. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said the seven-hour procedures to separate Allison and Amelia Tucker, of Adams, N.Y., were completed Nov. 7. More

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Woman benefits from precision-guided needle to glue shut dangerous and disfiguring blood vessel growth
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using a technique performed at Johns Hopkins but rarely elsewhere, imaging specialists and surgeons have successfully used precision, image-guided technology to glue shut a tangle of abnormal blood vessel growths in a 43-year-old woman's upper lip, face and nose. Surgery had earlier been ruled out because traditional approaches were considered too risky. More

Rebuilding a whole heart for children born with only half of 1
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Using a combination of surgical procedures developed over the last 11 years, surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital have established a new approach for rebuilding the heart in children born with a severe heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This "staged left ventricle recruitment" strategy uses the existing standard single-ventricle treatment for HLHS and additional procedures to spur the body's capacity for healing and growth and encourage the small left ventricle in these children to grow and function. More

Final SYNTAX data confirm surgery is best for most patients
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Final, five-year results from the SYNTAX trial comparing CABG surgery and PCI with a drug-eluting stent in patients with complex coronary disease confirm the message that started to emerge from this study after just a couple of years: the majority fare better after surgery. More

California startup developing catheter-based technology for mitral valve repair lands $32.5 million
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A California startup developing transcatheter mitral valve implantation technology to repair leaking heart valves has raised $32.5 million, according to a regulatory filing. CardiAQ Valve Technologies, based in Irvine, Calif., aims to market the technology, once approved, as an alternative to open heart surgery to fix the problem of mitral valve regurgitation. More


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