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Minimally invasive surgery with hydraulic assistance

Endoscopic surgery requires great manual dexterity on the part of the operating surgeon. Future endoscopic instruments equipped with a hydraulic control system ...

Gastric bypass bests banding for weight loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol control

DALLAS – Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high ...

Physicians Find Liver Transplant Patients Can Avoid Costly Stay In ICU Post Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). ... Full story

Living Liver Donors Ambivalent with Donation

Living donors are important to increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. A new study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimize the donors’ concerns regarding donation. ... Full story

Advances in Medical Technology Allow Wake Forest Baptist Surgeons to Perform Endoscopic Brain Surgery through the Nose

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – – Imagine a tiny pea at the bottom of a bowl of Jell-O. Now, imagine trying to remove that pea without disturbing the Jell-O around it. That’s how Rashid Janjua, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Drew Plonk, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center describe the precision required to remove pituitary tumors at the base of the brain. ... Full story

Bariatric surgery study shows change in preferred method for weight loss

Data from Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative reveals sleeve gastrectomy outpacing gastric bypass ... Full story

Clinical trial tests tiny experimental pacemaker that does not require surgery

Miniature device being studied to see if it may streamline care for those with a slow heart rate ... Full story

New diagnosis technique to counter rapid rise in knee replacements

A new study from researchers at the University has identified a more accurate computerised method that will improve the success of knee replacements, and prevent costly, often unnecessary revisions to existing surgical implants. ... Full story

Surgical Complications of DBS No Higher Risk for Older Parkinson’s Patients

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - DURHAM, N.C. – Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson’s disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report. ... Full story

Surgery to repair a hip fracture reduces lifetime health care costs by more than $65,000 per patient, adds years of patient life quality and mobility

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Each year, more than 300,000 Americans, primarily adults over age 65, sustain a hip fracture, a debilitating injury that can diminish life quality and expectancy, and result in lost work days and substantial, long-term financial costs to patients, families, insurers and government agencies. ... Full story

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