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Researchers identify risk factors for unplanned readmissions following esophageal resection

Researchers identify risk factors for unplanned readmissions following esophageal resection

Esophagectomy is a major surgical procedure associated with significant complications with up to 1 in 5 patients readmitted following hospital discharge. These unplanned readmissions are an important problem as they negatively impact patient care and, in the future, may have implications for reimbursement through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction program. [More]
OSA patients may have 1.57 times more MACCE risk afer unplanned revascularization

OSA patients may have 1.57 times more MACCE risk afer unplanned revascularization

In an ongoing prospective study involving 1,311 patients from five nations, researchers found that untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was associated with increased risk of a Major Adverse Cardiac and Cerebrovascular Event (MACCE) -- cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack), non-fatal stroke, and unplanned revascularization such as heart bypass surgery and angioplasty. [More]
PCI with polymer-free BA9 drug-coated stent better than bare metal stent in ACS patients

PCI with polymer-free BA9 drug-coated stent better than bare metal stent in ACS patients

Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who are at high risk for bleeding have significantly lower rates of target lesion revascularisation and fewer adverse events after undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a polymer-free biolimus-A (BA9) drug-coated stent than with those receiving a bare metal stent (BMS) in results from a sub-study of the LEADERS FREE trial reported for the first time in a late-breaker session at EuroPCR 2016. [More]
Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Half of transcatheter heart valves may undergo degeneration within 10 years, according to estimates from the first study investigating the long-term durability of these valves in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) reported at EuroPCR 2016. [More]
Suture anchor technique supports more knee movement during recovery process

Suture anchor technique supports more knee movement during recovery process

Quadriceps tendon ruptures are disabling knee injuries that typically occur in adults ages 40 and older. Obesity, illness or traumatic injuries can cause these types of injuries. [More]
Risk factors for hospital readmission after pediatric neurosurgical procedures

Risk factors for hospital readmission after pediatric neurosurgical procedures

Researchers at The University of Alabama at Birmingham have determined specific risk factors associated with hospital readmission following pediatric neurosurgery. [More]
RDAVR system improves survival of patients with severe aortic stenosis

RDAVR system improves survival of patients with severe aortic stenosis

When replacing a defective aortic valve with a new one, restoring function is the first priority. However, variables such as durability, length of surgery, duration of heart stoppage, size of the surgical incision, postoperative pain, and complications are other important considerations. [More]
PENTAX Medical releases OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 Video Processor for more accurate endoscopic in vivo diagnosis

PENTAX Medical releases OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 Video Processor for more accurate endoscopic in vivo diagnosis

PENTAX Medical launches a world first for endoscopy, the OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 Video Processor, featuring both digital and optical enhancements, in the European, Middle Eastern & African (EMEA) markets. [More]
GammaCore both effective and cost effective for the treatment of cluster headache

GammaCore both effective and cost effective for the treatment of cluster headache

A paper in the Journal of Headache and Pain reports that non-invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve (nVNS) is a cost effective therapy for cluster headache. These findings were based on reductions in medication use and improvements in quality of life. The publication also notes that further economic benefits would have been found had reduced visits to clinics been taken into account. [More]
Sleeve gastrectomy can give optimal outcomes even in sweet eaters

Sleeve gastrectomy can give optimal outcomes even in sweet eaters

Sleeve gastrectomy is a novel bariatric surgical procedure showing promising weight loss results, even among individuals classified as moderate or severe sweet eaters before the surgery. [More]
Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to the 12 o'clock position is associated with abnormal coronary perfusion in adolescence, reveals research presented today at EuroCMR 2016.1 Babies born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) undergo the arterial switch operation in the first days of life. [More]
MEDICREA receives FDA approval for first-ever patient-specific UNiD Cervical rod for spine surgery

MEDICREA receives FDA approval for first-ever patient-specific UNiD Cervical rod for spine surgery

MEDICREA, the only medical device company offering patient-specific implant solutions for the treatment of spinal conditions, has announced FDA approval of the first-ever patient-specific UNiD™Cervical rod for spine surgery, secured by their complementary PASS OCT posterior cervical stabilization system. [More]
Physical movements improve in patients after bariatric surgery

Physical movements improve in patients after bariatric surgery

People who have their stomach size surgically reduced move around more and easier after weight loss surgery, a study has found. [More]
New E-Vac therapy may be promising treatment option for GI leaks

New E-Vac therapy may be promising treatment option for GI leaks

Gastroenterologists on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas are evaluating a new procedure for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) leaks and perforations, a complication that can result from laparoscopic surgery on the esophagus, stomach and small intestines—and outcomes have been promising. [More]
'Weekend effect’ may contribute to worsening availability of donor kidneys in the U.S

'Weekend effect’ may contribute to worsening availability of donor kidneys in the U.S

Investigators have uncovered a "weekend effect" contributing to the worsening availability of donor kidneys in the United States. They found that kidneys that would normally be made available for transplantation were less likely to be procured from donors over the weekend (89.5% on the weekend vs. 90.2% during the week). [More]
Vessel-sparing radiation, better understanding of prostate anatomy can improve quality of life

Vessel-sparing radiation, better understanding of prostate anatomy can improve quality of life

Remember the game Operation? You need to carefully remove the body part without nicking the sides or the buzzer will sound. [More]
Increased trend of surgical intervention for urinary tract stones in the UK

Increased trend of surgical intervention for urinary tract stones in the UK

Researchers in Oxford who analyzed recent trends related to urinary tract stones in the UK found a sustained and high prevalence of the condition, with an increased trend to treat patients with surgery. [More]
NHS needs to increase rates of bariatric surgery to control obesity levels, say experts

NHS needs to increase rates of bariatric surgery to control obesity levels, say experts

The NHS should significantly increase rates of weight loss surgery to 50,000 a year, closer to the European average, to bring major health benefits for patients and help reduce healthcare costs in the long term, argue experts in The BMJ this week. [More]
Single breath-hold for more than five minutes could make targeted radiotherapy feasible

Single breath-hold for more than five minutes could make targeted radiotherapy feasible

Researchers at the University of Birmingham working with clinical teams at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have successfully shown for the first time that breast cancer patients can be trained to achieve single prolonged breath holds of over five minutes, opening the door for targeted radiotherapy to be administered with just one dose in each daily session. [More]
New interactive radiation therapy planning system can help improve patient's chances of recovery

New interactive radiation therapy planning system can help improve patient's chances of recovery

Radiation therapy is one of the most essential elements in cancer treatment. But properly planning radiation therapy is a highly complex task. Fraunhofer mathematicians have joined an alliance with medical physicists and physicians to improve the therapy planning process. In doing so they have helped improve patient's chances of recovery. [More]
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