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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
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As ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys.
To accomplish our goal, we increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end prostate cancer through our national event series, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge. We conduct free testing through the Drive Against Prostate Cancer mobile testing program and educate patients, families and those at-risk.
Cancer treatment in wealthy countries is dominated by a "culture of excess" - and patients need to be aware of the costs of their care, experts claimed yesterday.
Robotic surgery is one of the key areas that needs to be studied and assessed properly as it is proving more expensive than traditional surgery, according to the experts gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday.
The findings were contained in a major report unveiled at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress by Professor Richard Sullivan, of the King's Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre, London, UK.
Professor Sullivan worked with 37 experts on The Lancet Oncology Commission to produce the report. It highlights the rising costs of treatment in the US health system and praises the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for its efforts to get "value pricing" for new cancer drugs, pointing out that its appraisals are widely copied in other countries.....read more
Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall
Hall's announcement has prostate awareness on the rise September 26, 2011
The recent announcement from Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall that he had prostate cancer has refocused much needed attention on the importance of early detection.
Urologist Mitchell Kaye with Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn said the prostate cancer screening process should include the PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination.
"When we examine the prostate we're looking for areas of abnormality," Kaye said, specifying that hardness and bumps are evidence, but there are other indicators.
Kaye said that the digital rectal examination may be slightly uncomfortable and a little uncomfortable, but it only takes a matter of seconds. Most of the people he diagnoses with prostate cancer are picked up with the blood test screening with the PSA, Kaye said.
"There are patients who will have an abnormality or bump on the digital rectal exam and yet have completely normal blood testing. That's why effective prostate screening is a combination of these two tests," Kaye said, adding that if either the PSA blood tests or digital rectal examination prove abnormal or suspicious an ultrasound and biopsy will be recommended....read more
Medical Robots Market to Approach $1.3 Billion in 2016 Posted: September 22, 2011
A new study by ABI Research, “Healthcare and Medical Robots” foresees the global market for medical robotics growing from just under $790 million in 2011 to nearly $1.3 billion in 2016, driven largely by sales of advanced surgical robots and related automated radiosurgical systems.
Larry Fisher, research director of NextGen (ABI Research’s emerging technologies research incubator) says, “While robots to assist surgeons have been used on a limited basis for years, the desire of patients, physicians and payors to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of medical treatment has led to a recent surge in the popularity of medical robots, as well as to the introduction of additional assistive technologies and telemedicine-based automation tools.”
Despite the benefits of using automated and assistive technologies to make medical procedures and activities easier, safer and more cost-effective, the initial cost of implementing such technologies remains a barrier to entry, particularly for smaller medical organizations. Moreover, robotic systems designed for medical care and treatment require significant clinical testing and trials as part of the regulatory approvals process, which can raise these products’ price tags, and make their journey to market a lengthy one.
Moreover, the medical robots market is limited by the number of qualified medical institutions or practitioners that can utilize these devices.....read more
Students offered robotic surgery experience Posted: September 22, 2011
APPLETON — Local students involved in robotics programs will have an opportunity to try robotic "surgery" during an open house Tuesday hosted by St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Helen Fowler Conference Room.
Students will be able to try out the hospital's da Vinci surgical robot. Their patient will be a pumpkin.
First in the USA: Single-Incision Robotic Surgery on the Left Abdomen Performed at GW Hospital September 21, 2011
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- One cut to the belly button to remove one foot of infected colon; 1 1/2 days later the patient went home.
Vincent Obias, MD, Director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, performed the nation's first single-incision robotic laparoscopic surgery on the left colon at The George Washington University Hospital. Through a small incision in the belly button, Dr. Obias was able to perform a robotic left colectomy -- a procedure so difficult it had never been performed before in the United States, and possibly the world.
"With just one cut, a foot-long section of the patient's infected colon was removed through the belly button. Thirty-six hours after surgery, the patient was ready to go home," said Dr. Obias, who is one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States to perform single-incision robotic surgery on the colon.
The landmark surgery, which occurred on August 22, 2011, was the first time single incision robotic surgery used to perform a left colectomy....read more
Clear Lake Regional to host health fair Saturday at Baybrook Mall Posted: September 21, 2011
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center will host a Fall Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Baybrook Mall.
The free event will include free screenings, as well as numerous booths with resources and information regarding areas of healthcare services, including pediatric care, diabetes education and management, heart and vascular care, women’s services, robotic surgery, stroke education, breast health, childbirth and more.
Free screenings will be offered for blood pressure testing, bone density and spinal screenings, as well as height, weight and body mass index screenings for children and adults. The hospital’s chef will provide cooking demonstrations, including food and beverage samples and free heart-healthy recipe cards. And there will be free children’s fingerprinting, with ID cards provided by the hospital in conjunction with the Webster Police Department.
Additional booths include valuable information regarding bicycle safety, Halloween safety, and sports injury prevention and care. Children can make their own “germ” pet from 10 a.m. to noon. Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” will be making a special appearance at 11 a.m., and Darth Vader will stop by the event at 1 p.m.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Baybrook Mall is located at 500 Baybrook Mall in Friendswood. For more information, call 281-332-2511.
An Interview With Prostate Cancer Survivor Dr. Theodore Lazzaro and his surgeon Dr. David Samadi Posted September 20, 2011
Once Dr. Lazzaro decided on a prostatectomy, he knew he wanted robotic. "Dr. Samadi was the clear cut choice for me, not only because of proximity but because of his experience, residencies and fellowships," said Lazzaro. He appreciated the fact that Samadi could perform open/traditional, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and that Samadi handles all of his operations himself from beginning to end.
IMRIS and MDA Advancing Image Guided Surgical Robotics Program Posted: September 20, 2011
First demonstration set for 2011 Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Washington, D.C.
WINNIPEG AND RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS) (TSX: IM) and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA) today announced an agreement for the final phases of collaborative development of IMRIS's MR guided surgical robot, building on the development work the two companies have completed to date.
IMRIS and MDA began work on a robotic surgery system in 2010 with the goal of commercialization. The system is being designed initially to perform microsurgery and biopsy-stereotaxy applications on the brain with sub-millimeter precision by bringing the capabilities of surgical robotics together with real time MR imaging in a fully integrated IMRIS surgical suite under the full control of the neurosurgeon. Ultimately, the technology is expected to extend into a broad range of surgical applications.
The system features two robotic arms that can manipulate MR-compatible tools at a microscopic level from a remote workstation. The surgeon sees detailed three-dimensional images of the brain and the surgical tools, and uses hand controllers equipped with enhanced touch sensation that allow the surgeon to feel tissue through the robotic arms and surgical tools and apply appropriate pressure as they operate.
A clinical trial utilizing the first generation of the robot on a cohort of 120 patients is currently underway, led by Garnette Sutherland, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, at Calgary's Foothills Hospital.
The first public demonstration of IMRIS' robotic technology will be at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Washington DC, where Dr. Sutherland will share his experiences on October 3 and 4, 2011 with delegates visiting the IMRIS booth....read more
Schneck hosting public display of its robotic surgery technology Posted: September 20, 2011
Schneck Medical Center will debut the new 3D high definition da Vinci Si Surgical System at an open house on Wednesday, September 28 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The community is invited to come and see the new da Vinci Surgical System in action and learn about the benefits of using da Vinci for a range of minimally invasive surgeries including gynecology, bariatric, general, and urology.....read more
daVinci® Si™ LAP-BAND® procedure at PinnacleHealth Posted: September 20, 2011
Watch Dr. Prashar's Video
"PinnacleHealth has made the daVinci® SiTM robotic surgery system available to me. They supplied the training and technology necessary to allow me to do the area’s first LAP-BAND® procedure. From nursing all the way up to the administration, PinnacleHeatlh’s support allows for excellent patient outcomes. That support has been amazing.”
MAKO Surgical Corp. Introduces MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty September 19, 2011
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - MAKO Surgical Corp today announced the commercial availability of the RIO(R) Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System for use in total hip replacement procedures, called MAKOplasty(R) Total Hip Arthroplasty.
MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty is the newest application for MAKO's RIO robotic arm system and builds upon five years of MAKO's existing MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.
MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty, cleared for use in the U.S. by the FDA in February 2010, is designed to support the surgeon's ability to more accurately align and position the implants relative to the needs of a patient. This may reduce potential complications associated with conventional hip replacement surgery.
MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty provides a surgeon with a pre-operative 3-D reconstruction of the patient's hip and is used to develop the patient-specific surgical plan. The robotic-arm then assists the surgeon during the procedure to accurately prepare the joint and optimally place hip implants.
"MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty provides a significant advantage to me as a surgeon and to my patients. It provides quantitative knowledge for what were difficult judgment decisions inherent in manually performed operations," said Lawrence Dorr, M.D., founder and medical director of The Dorr Arthritis Institute in Los Angeles. "When I finish a hip replacement I no longer am anxious to see the x-ray because I know I've got the implants, leg length and offset correct. It makes recovery easier for patients, including their comfort, activities and protection from dislocation. This robotic guided operation is better for both me and my patients."....read more
Some Patients Paying for Their Prostate Cancer Surgery for the Rest of Their Lives September 19, 2011
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Sept. 19, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- A growing chorus of patients and physicians are cautioning men to arm themselves with knowledge before agreeing to more radical surgeries to treat prostate cancer. One of the loudest voices is that coming from Florida urologist Dr. Bert Vorstman, a nationally recognized prostate cancer specialist with 30 years expertise in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In an article in a major Florida newspaper, Dr. Vorstman warns patients and challenged colleagues to consider post-operative quality of life issues before agreeing to and performing radical surgeries such as the robotic treatment option.
Books by physicians and coverage by national media such as Men's Health, Fox News and the New York Times confirm that life after prostate surgery is sometimes worse than expected.....read more
Men less likely to get diagnosed for cancer, despite higher risk September 18, 2011
MIAMI (WTVJ/NBC) - Although September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, recent statistics show that men are less likely to go to the doctor for routine care than women.
The survey from the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that only 57 percent of men got routine care, even though more new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year than breast cancer. Approximately 74 percent of women will get routine care.
Breast cancer survivor and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to women at Miami's Mount Sinai Medical Center on Monday to encourage them to spread awareness of the issue. "Every five minutes in this country, two men are diagnosed with prostate cancer," she said. "One of every six men is at risk of getting prostate cancer in their lifetime."
It was a yearly PSA blood test, used to check specifically for prostate cancer, and a digital rectal exam that helped Dr. Stephen Zaron get an early diagnosis. "About seven years ago the PSA took an unusual jump, and as a result I had a biopsy," he said.
Treatments have drastically improved in the last decade, with robotic surgery and new immunotherapy.
"There's been advances in the way we can focus radiation beams so that only the prostate is destroyed by the radiation beam without any damage to surrounding tissues," said Dr. Leonard Toonkel, a doctor at Mount Sinai's Comprehensive Cancer Center....read more
Lt. Dave Parker
A tale of 3 men and 1 scary diagnosis by Lt. Dave Parker Posted: September 18, 2011
Few sounds strike more terror in the heart of a real man than the snapping of those latex gloves when the doctor prepares for "that" part of a fella's physical. I once tried a little sarcasm to break the tension: "Oh boy, this is my favorite part." Without hesitation, my doc retorted in kind, "Well it's the high point of my day too! Now bend over."
A man's prostate gland is cleverly hidden in an inaccessible place and certainly isn't a great topic for polite dinner conversation. Neglect it and it can cost you dearly. Statistics tell us that 1 in 6 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime and that 1 in 36 of them will die from it: 33,720 this year. If you are like me, all I hear after the word "statistics" is, "Blah, blah and blah."
Instead, let me tell you about three real people.
My uncle, Carl, was an incredibly talented mechanical man who could build anything he put his mind to. To call him just a machinist would be like calling Willie Mays a pretty good outfielder. Metals came alive in his hands and he could shape things that were so useful they were works of art. Carl neglected his prostate exams until the cancer was in such a late stage that it had entered the bones of his pelvic girdle. He died an excruciatingly painful death.
My dad, Hugh, was a shipyard arc welder during World War II and became a dentist, practicing for 50 years. The folks in the little county in the Sierras knew him as "Painless Parker," he was so good. He served on the local school board for 25 years through the tumultuous '60s and '70s. Dad went eight years between prostate exams and when his cancer was discovered, the surgery was so extensive that continence and sexual function became issues. The chemotherapy he endured took the stuffing out of Pop but he is still alive at 89, 20 years after his prostate cancer was discovered.
And third, me, Dave. A police officer here in Anchorage and a former pastor. I was wheedled into a free prostate screening by my good friend Denny Allen. The results of the blood test came back in the mail ... a PSA reading of 3.6. I had my doctor recheck it and he found that it had increased more than 0.6 in a year. He sent me to Alaska Urological Institute, where I met Doc Strawbridge, who did further testing and gave me the bad news: Diagnosis -- prostate cancer.
Visions of Uncle Carl's and Dad's experiences flooded my mind but mine was caught early. New advances in prostate surgery made possible a nerve-sparing approach. I opted for the Da Vinci robotic surgery, which would have amazed even Uncle Carl. My cancer was caught early enough that I didn't require additional treatment like radiation and chemotherapy, early enough that I didn't have to face a future of Depends and sexual dysfunction.
So to all you real men who fear a little prostate screening, get over it! Which of the three would you rather be ... Carl, Hugh or Dave?....read more
Free Prostate Screening Posted: September 18, 2011 Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital-Warren Campus, 13355 E. Ten Mile Rd. Warren, Michigan 48089 Date $ Time: September 29 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Men 45 and older can receive a free PSA blood test, physical exam and screening for prostate cancer.
Appointments are required, call 800-532-2411 to make an appointment or visit henryford.com
Women's Health Lecture Series: Posted: September 18, 2011
Date & Time: Wednesday September 21 at 7-8 p.m., Location: Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, 1101 W. University Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48307
"Da Vinci Robotic Surgery for Women," presented by Dr. Jonathan Zaidan.
UCSD medical school opens $70 million training center Posted: September 16, 2011
The UC San Diego School of Medicine has opened a $70 million state-of-the-art medical training center — the first since the medical school opened in 1968 — fulfilling a longstanding desire by UCSD to bring all of its training programs under one roof.
The 100,000-square-foot Medical Education and Telemedicine Center, which opened as classes started last week, combines and expands programs now scattered around the La Jolla campus and at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.
The three-story center includes authentic mock-ups of emergency rooms, intensive care units, surgeries and treatment rooms where students, medical faculty and visiting physicians can hone skills using $30 million worth of advanced medical equipment including the latest in laparascopic and robotic surgery....read more
• Dr. Kuppersmith will be an invited speaker at the "Best of ORL 2011" at the American Hospital of Paris, France in October 2011.
• Dr. Kuppersmith will be an invited speaker/faculty member in a session titled "Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery" at the American College of Surgeons meeting in San Francisco, California on October 25, 2011.
• Dr. Kuppersmith will be an invited speaker at the Arthur Bauman Clincal Symposium on Robotic Thyroid Surgery at the Americal Thyroid Association Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California in October 2011.
• Dr. Kuppersmith will be an invited speaker at the 36th Midwinter Symposium on Practical Surgical Challenges in Otolaryngology, organized by the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois, in Snowmass, Colorado in February 2012.
"Life After Prostate Surgery" seminar at Auburn Regional Medical Center Posted: September 15, 2011
When: Sept. 21 at 6.00 pm Where: Auburn Regional Medical Center, 202 North Division St., Auburn, WA
Urologist Kevin Ward, MD. presents a free seminar during which he will discuss two of the main side effects of prostate cancer treatment – incontinence and erectile dysfunction – and goes over new treatment options.
Dr. Ward is a board-certified clinical and surgical urologist who practices in Auburn with Surgical Associates Northwest.
To register for the seminar, call 1-877-433-2873.
New Treatment Targets Esophageal Cancer Cells September 15, 2011
Dave Kyle had suffered from heartburn for years. When he started to have difficulty swallowing food and began to lose weight, he saw his family doctor. After medical testing, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. His prognosis was grim, and conventional treatments offered little chance of recovery. Extensive research brought Kyle to Baja California, Mexico for a new treatment that targets only cancer cells and does not have side effects. According to TMD Limited, a medical tourism company, Kyle became one of half a million Americans annually who seek treatment outside of the United States.
After meeting with the oncologist, Kyle and his wife researched the surgical procedures, risks and complications and cancer statistics, and came to the conclusion that the odds were not in their favor with conventional treatment. They did not know what to do, but they knew they did not want this surgery.
"One treatment that caught my eye was SonoPhoto Dynamic Therapy, which uses sound and light to kill cancer cells," Kyle said. "I knew about photo dynamic therapy - that has been used in the USA for decades, but it uses a chemotherapy agent as the sensitizer. SonoPhoto uses natural chlorophyll, so there are no side effects, and it works quickly."
Antonio Jimenez, M.D. and founder of Hope4Cancer Institute in Baja, Mexico, is the world's leading expert in SonoPhoto Dynamic Therapy (SPDT). "This treatment targets only cancer cells," Jimenez explained. "At our clinic, we usually see a size reduction of 25-30% in tumors during the first 2 weeks of treatment. We combine SPDT with medical hyperthermia, natural IV therapies, vaccines, nutrition and detoxification. SPDT is especially effective in esophageal, breast, ovarian, prostate, bladder and lung cancers."
SPDT is used in China, the UK and Mexico and is approved for use throughout Europe. "This is not an alternative treatment," Jimenez says. "This is mainstream medicine which differs only from conventional therapy in that it has not yet been recognized in some countries such as the USA. However, in the 25 countries of the EU - population 370 million - every registered and licensed physician is allowed to use the sensitizer system under certain highly defined guidelines.".....For complete article Click here
Cardica to Display Its Cardiac Anastomosis Device at 'Robotic Coronary Revascularization: Connectors and Pearls' Clinical Presentation September 13, 2011
Cardica, Inc., designer and manufacturer of stapling and anastomotic devices, announced that it will display its C-Port Flex-A Anastomosis System in a clinical presentation for cardiothoracic surgeons.
The clinical presentation, entitled “Robotic Coronary Revascularization: Connectors and Pearls,” will be held at the East Carolina Heart Institute-International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ECHI-ISMICS) Summit in Greenville, North Carolina.
Nationally-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Husam Balkhy, M.D., director of the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at The Wisconsin Heart Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be heading the presentation......read more
ORlive Broadcast: Robot-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery Posted: September 13, 2011
When: September 27, 2011 Time: 7:00pm EDT
Halifax Health in Daytona Beach provides less invasive surgical treatment options for women with gynecologic cancers, leading to a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay. Watch gynecologic oncologist, Kelly L. Molpus, MD, perform and discuss a minimally-invasive removal of a pelvic mass using the da Vinci® robot.
Physicians Regional Healthcare System will present the following free seminars:
• Dr. Thomas Bass, a general and bariatric surgeon, will give two seminars on Sept. 20. Bass will discuss incisionless surgery for severe heartburn from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. weight loss surgery options. Both will be held at 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples.
• Dr. Frederick Buechel Jr., an orthopedic surgeon will discuss robotic knee resurfacing and hip replacement from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at 6101 Pine ridge Road, Naples.
• Dr. Richard Gelb, a cardiologist, will discuss new vein treatment options from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.
Registration is required for all the seminars by calling 239-348-4180.
Prostate cancer -- robotic surgery may be best option Posted: September 11, 2011
Prostate cancer is a significant public health concern and cause of morbidity among men in the United States. In 2011, it is estimated that 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and almost 34,000 men will die of this malignancy.
The lifetime probability of developing prostate cancer in American men is one in six. Current treatment alternatives for clinically localized prostate cancer include removal of the prostate gland, radiation to the cancerous prostate, active surveillance or other treatments (hormonal or cryotherapy).
"Technologies Enhancing Patient Care" exhibition to be held by the Hong Kong Science Museum Posted: September 10, 2011
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - With the advancements in computer and engineering technologies, Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) has been widely applied in different surgical subspecialties in the past decade. The Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been pioneering different CAS techniques in clinical management and various surgical specialties for improving patient care. The Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and the Department of Surgery have been actively implementing various innovative ideas and concepts in CAS research and development since 2000.
To enable the public to learn more about the latest research achievements and developments in the local medical field, a brand new exhibition entitled "Technologies Enhancing Patient Care" will be held by the Hong Kong Science Museum at its Science News Corner from today (September 10) until March 31, 2012.
The exhibition, with content provided by CUHK, introduces CUHK's medical achievements and topics including SMARTWARD, application of computer navigation technology in surgery, minimally invasive surgery, remote health monitoring and non-invasive health monitoring.....read more
MAKOplasty Is Making News In Oklahoma September 9, 2011
There is a new medical procedure that's getting a lot of attention in Oklahoma and across the country. One Oklahoma doctor says 30 to 40 percent of patients in our state who needed a knee replacement, only needed a partial knee replacement. And that's where this special procedure comes to play.
Not long ago, MAKOplasty came in the national spotlight. We've even gotten calls about it. One of the big reasons why people are excited about the procedure is the recovery time. Some folks can get back on their feet in two weeks.
Technology is giving patients more options when it comes to partial knee replacement surgery. The latest is through MAKOplasty. Where with the help of a robotic arm doctors can do more during an operation. Putting in an artificial implant that's secured in the joint allowing the knee to move smoothly....read more
Cardica's Cardiac Anastomosis Device Featured in Clinical Presentation on Robotic Cardiac Bypass Procedures September 9, 2011
Presentation Showcases Dr. Husam Balkhy's Experience in Performing Over 200 Automated Anastomosis Connector Bypass Procedures
/PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cardica, Inc. CRDC +5.02% today reported that its C-Port® Flex-A® Anastomosis System will be featured in a clinical presentation to cardiothoracic surgeons this afternoon at the East Carolina Heart Institute-International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ECHI-ISMICS) Summit in Greenville, North Carolina.
The presentation, entitled "Robotic Coronary Revascularization: Connectors and Pearls," will be given by nationally-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Husam Balkhy, M.D., director of the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at The Wisconsin Heart Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"Dr. Balkhy has been using our anastomosis systems to attach the bypass graft vessels during minimally invasive cardiac surgery, for many years, with remarkable success," said Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Cardica, Inc.
"This presentation offers other cardiothoracic surgeons the opportunity to see first-hand the difference between a connector bypass procedure using our automated anastomosis device compared to hand-sewing the anastomosis."...read more
Support structure: This latex tube has been treated with heated polaxamer to make it rigid. Doctors could use the gel during surgery to mend vessels with glue rather than sutures. Credit: Nature
Gel Lets Doctors Fix Ruptured Blood Vessels without Sutures September 8, 2011
This new technique could make some delicate surgical procedures quicker and safer.
A synthetic, temperature-sensitive gel could help surgeons reconnect blood vessels more quickly, safely, and easily. The new gel, successfully tested in rats, could also enable more complex robotic surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery.
There have been few advances in the art of reconnecting blood vessels since French surgeon Alexis Carrel received the Nobel Prize in 1912 for his method of sewing them together. About a decade ago, surgeon Geoffrey Gurtner found himself longing for a substance that could be poured into the tiny blood vessels he was struggling to reconnect in order to prop them open while he sewed them together. "A lot of surgeries require reconnecting vessels," he says. "For two-thirds of operations, this would be helpful."
When Gurtner took a post at Stanford University, he partnered with a group of Stanford chemical engineers and biomaterials experts who adapted a substance called Poloxymer 407, which is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for internal use, to do the job.....continue reading
Mazor Robotics to Present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Healthcare Conference on September 12, 2011 Posted: September 7, 2011
Mazor Robotics Ltd. (TASE: MZOR), the leader in innovative surgical robots and complementary products for spine surgery, announced today that executive management will present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Healthcare Conference to be held September 11-13, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, NY.
Ori Hadomi, Chief Executive Officer of Mazor Robotics, is scheduled to present an overview of the Company on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:05 p.m. ET. To listen to the audio web cast of the presentation during or after the event, please visit: http://www.mazorrobotics.com/. The replay will be available for 90 days after the event.
StarBot, Inc. Brings Leading Edge Robotics Program to Gibson Charter School With Support From MAKO Surgical Corp. September 6, 2011
StarBot, Inc., a not-for-profit nationally recognized engineering and robotics organization dedicated to inspiring, engaging and educating the youth of South Florida for the past ten years, has teamed with MAKO Surgical Corp., to provide twenty students from the Theodore and Thelma Gibson Charter School of Miami-Dade County, Florida, with an exciting Robotics Program during the summer and fall of 2011.
The extraordinary program includes an "Introduction to Engineering, Six Weeks, Six Projects" where the students receive an in-depth, hands-on experience of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial, Aerospace and Bio-Medical Engineering. "This is the beginning of a whole new way of learning to be problem solvers and global leaders," said Mr. Fareed Khan, principal Gibson Charter School. "We are grateful to StarBot and to MAKO Surgical Corp. for their generosity and support in making this program possible."....read more
Free screenings offered during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Posted September 5, 2011
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Morton Plant Mease in Clearwater is presenting several special lectures and free screenings. A 5K run/walk to help raise awareness is slated for next Saturday.
To help promote prevention and detection of prostate cancer, three free screenings events are being offered this month. The screenings include educational information, digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests.
• Friday, September 9, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion (Morton Plant Hospital campus), Suite 206, Clearwater Screenings: 1:30-4 p.m., Lecture: Latest Advances in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer and Enlarged Prostate by Craig Barkley, MD, urologist
• Friday, September 9, Mease Countryside Medical Arts Building, Suite 300, Safety Harbor Screenings: 1:30-4 p.m. Lecture: Latest Advances in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer and Enlarged Prostate by Martin B. Richman, MD, urologist
• Monday, September 26, Morton Plant North Bay, Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey Screenings: 1:30-4 p.m. Lecture: What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer by Richard Rabinowitz, MD, urologist
Space is limited and reservations are required, For information, or reservations, call (727) 253-4035 For more information Click here
In less experienced hands, robotic radical prostatectomy has the edge Posted: September 2, 2011
Washington—In the hands of less experienced surgeons, robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy has a lower perioperative morbidity rate and sound early oncologic outcomes compared to other surgical interventions, say researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. In the hands of high-volume surgeons, all things appear equal.
The authors arrived at that conclusion after an exhaustive meta-analysis of the literature. The study encompassed papers reporting outcomes on 110,016 patients who underwent open, pure laparoscopic, or robotic prostatectomy. The researchers analyzed 251 research papers incorporating reviews of 65,552 open procedures, 23,687 laparoscopic procedures, and 20,777 robotic procedures....read more
Trans Oral Robotic Surgery in progress. Image from AAPS
TORS Procedure Has All The Right Stuff To Remove Head & Neck Cancers Posted: September 2, 2011
As with other da Vinci procedures, TORS (Trans Oral Robotic Surgery) has the benefits of being less invasive, with fewer complications and shorter hospital stays. There is less blood loss, little scarring, and fewer temporary and permanent side effects, such as loss of speech or swallowing ability. Generally, there is no need to begin cancer therapy with radiation, which would increase the discomfort and recovery time.
Tamer A. Ghanem, M.D., Ph.D., director of Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Division at the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, says that by using the TORS approach, "Surgeons are able to operate with greater precision and control, thus minimizing the pain, and reducing the risk of possible nerve and tissue damage linked to large incisions."
Hospitals that currently provide Trans Oral Robotic Surgery include the Mayo Clinic, Jefferson University Hospitals (Delaware), University of Pennsylvania (training center), Sharp Hospital (San Diego), Washington Hospital Center (DC), Summerlin Hospital (Nevada) and Sparrow Hospital (Lansing, MI).
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Da Vinci surgical robot focus of Sept. Brunch Bunch September 1, 2011
PADUCAH - Urologist Donald Spicer, M.D., will speak on da Vinci robotic surgery for prostate cancer at Western Baptist Hospital’s next free Brunch Bunch from noon to 1 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Baptist Heart Center Auditorium. The da Vinci robot will be available for demonstrations.
Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so reservations are required by phoning (270) 575-2851.
Since Western Baptist became the area’s first hospital to offer the da Vinci surgery in early 2009, Dr. Spicer has used it hundreds of times for prostate and kidney surgery. It also is used for hysterectomy and throat cancer surgery.
“Many patients having prostate surgery now experience less post-operative pain and shorter hospital stays,” Dr. Spicer said of the da Vinci’s benefits. One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. A physical exam and simple blood test to establish a baseline PSA (prostate-specific antigen) score today could help save a life later, Dr. Spicer said.
Study: Incontinence After Prostate Surgery Posted: September 1, 2011
The findings of an NYU Langone Medical Center questionnaire were recently published in the Journal of Urology, indicating that one in eight men experience climacturia, defined as sexual incontinence or the leaking of urine during sex and climax, following open prostate surgery for the treatment of localized prostate cancer.
Dr. David Samadi, leading prostate cancer treatment expert at the Mount Sinai Medical Center NY, believes different post operative results would be seen with a "broader statistic sampling including patients treated by different surgeons performing open, as well as robotic, prostate surgeries."
The questionnaire polled 1,459 patients of Dr. Herbert Lepor's from 2000 to 2007. The responses showed that one in eight men are experiencing urinary incontinence during sex and 36% of those polled said the problem persisted two years after surgery. Even some men with normal urinary control during the day indicated a degree of incontinence during sex. All respondents underwent traditional, open prostatectomy surgery at NYU to remove a cancerous prostate.....read more
Novadaq to Present at September Investor Healthcare Conferences August 29, 2011 Updated: September 1, 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Aug 29, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Novadaq Technologies Inc. CA:NDQ, a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that Dr. Arun Menawat, the company's president and chief executive officer, will present Novadaq's corporate overview at three investor healthcare conferences in September.
The presentations will be broadcast live on the Company's website at http://www.novadaq.com under the "Events" tab in the "Investors" section.
September 8 at 2:40 p.m. Eastern Time: Dr. Menawat will present at the Stifel Nicolaus Annual Healthcare Conference 2011. The conference is scheduled at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, September 7-9.
September 12 at 10:25 a.m. Eastern Time: Dr. Menawat will also present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference. The conference is scheduled at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, September 11-13.
September 28 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Dr. Menawat will present at the Sixth Annual JMP Securities Conference at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference is scheduled at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, September 27- 28.
This year's Summit will focus on the heart and breakthrough technologies that will help diagnose and treat cardiovascular ailments. Heart failure currently affects 6 million Americans and top executives, investors, entrepreneurs, clinicians and technologists will gather to share ideas on how to effectively treat this burgeoning problem, as well as a host of other cardiovascular conditions.
"Cardiovascular care remains the largest market in all of medicine," says Chris Coburn, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. "Its history of innovation includes some of the most important technologies ever developed – heart transplantation, the artificial heart, heart pumps, pacemakers, stents, angiography, and hundreds more. The Summit will pinpoint what is coming next in cardiovascular care and what is the future for new technology in the current health care environment."
The 2011 Medical Innovation Summit speakers will feature more than 50 top health care leaders, including the CEOs of some of the most important companies in the industry: Ian Read (Pfizer), Jeffery Immelt (General Electric), Omar Ishrak (Medtronic), David Snow (Medco), Raymond Elliot (Boston Scientific), Daniel Starks (St. Jude Medical), Gary Burbach (Thoratec), Ursula Burns (Xerox), John Castellani (PhRMA), Michael Mussallem (Edwards Lifesciences), Tim Ring (CR Bard), Doug Godshall (Heartware) James Greenwood (BIO), Steve Ubl (AdvaMed). Media moderators will include Bob Bazell (NBC) and Maria Bartiromo (CNBC).
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will bring a patient's perspective to innovations in heart health over the years.......read more
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