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Novel coating enables hip implants to grow in better and prevents aseptic inflammation

September 3, 2019 | News

AACHEN, Germany: The number of hip prostheses in the EU has risen steadily over the past ten years – most notably in Austria and Germany with 300 implants per 100,000 inhabitants. The frequency of aseptic inflammatory processes between bone and implant, accompanied with loosening of the prosthesis, has increased, resulting in a shortened lifetime of the hip replacement. A consortium of eleven research and industrial partners led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT has now joined forces to develop a new generation of endoprosthesis for the treatment of aseptic loosening disease.

Features of urinary obstruction following kidney transplantation identified

August 27, 2019 | News

VIENNA, Austria: A research group from the Medical University of Vienna has successfully described the histological features of urinary obstruction in humans the first time. Using data obtained from kidney transplant patients, it might be possible to identify potentially dangerous complications following a kidney transplant at an earlier stage, and thus provide prompt treatment in the future.

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Study finds bowel preparation for colon surgery unnecessary

August 22, 2019 | News

HELSINKI, Finland: In recent decades, patients in Europe coming in for colectomies, or surgical procedures targeted at the colon, have not been routinely subjected to what is known as bowel preparation, where the bowel is emptied before the operation. In the United States , on the other hand, cleansing the bowel is relatively common.

Researchers develop new microstent

August 19, 2019 | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new method for producing malleable microstructures—for instance, vascular stents that are 40 times smaller than previously possible. In the future, such stents could be used to help to widen life-threatening constrictions of the urinary tract in foetuses in the womb.

Intranasal sufentanil as good as IV morphine for emergency pain relief, study finds

August 7, 2019 | News

GRENOBLE, France: In patients presenting to an emergency department with severe traumatic pain, intranasal sufentanil was as good as standard-of-care intravenous morphine for pain relief, according to a new study by researchers from Grenoble Alpes University Hospital.

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48th World Congress of Surgery 2019 to kick off in Krakow

July 31, 2019 | News

KRAKOW, Poland: The International Society of Surgery (ISS) / Société Internationale de Chirurgie (SIC) is proud to present the 48th World Congress of Surgery (WCS) - formerly International Surgical Week (ISW)—in Poland from 11-15 August. The WCS is a biannual meeting which provides a platform for the education of surgeons, surgical trainees, medical students, and members of surgical teams from across the globe.

New probe could help surgeons more accurately remove tumours

July 24, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, UK: A study led by researchers at Royal College of Surgeon’s in Ireland (RCSI) Department of Chemistry has the potential to help surgeons more accurately remove tumours and detect cancer in lymph nodes during surgery.

Conjoined twin sisters separated after 50 hours of surgery

July 17, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A pair of twins, who were conjoined at the head, are finally living independent lives after a 100-strong team of British medical experts spent 50 hours performing complex surgery to separate them.

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New drug to remove blood-thinning medication post-surgery

July 9, 2019 | News

YORK, UK: Researchers at the University of York have developed a new way to safely remove a blood-thinning drug used during surgery that can lead to harmful side-effects in recovering patients.

WHO offers a new tool and sets a target to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance

July 4, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: WHO recently launched a global campaign urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs.

BioSA: Bridging the gap with biodegradable metals

July 2, 2019 | News

MALTA: Millions of patients all over the world undergo surgical procedures related to bone defect repair every year. With an ever-increasing life expectancy and the issues that come with a decaying skeleton, the number of interventions can only increase in the coming years. This is why orthopaedic surgeons are constantly looking for improved medical implants for the treatment of bone repair.

New biomarker test improves diagnosis of ovarian cancer

June 25, 2019 | News

UPPSALA, Sweden: The majority of women who undergo surgery for suspected ovarian cancer do not have cancer. A novel blood test developed by researchers in Sweden now offers the possibility of more precise diagnostics without the need for surgery.

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Testing on mini-tumors of head and neck cancer may offer possibility of personalised cancer therapy

June 20, 2019 | News

UTRECHT, Netherlands: Head and neck cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that often grows back, despite patients undergoing harsh treatments. Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute and UMC Utrecht succeeded in growing mini-tumors (or organoids) of head and neck cancers, that can be kept alive in the petri-dish for a long time and will help researchers to better understand this cancer type.

Artificial nose identifies malignant tissue in brain tumours during surgery

June 18, 2019 | News

TAMPERE, Finland: An artificial nose developed at Tampere University, Finland, helps neurosurgeons to identify cancerous tissue during surgery and enables more precise excision of tumors.

Study introduces new surgical guide for placement of zygomatic implants

June 13, 2019 | News

BOLOGNA, Italy/FORT LEE, N.J., US: Dental patients who show a deficiency of bone volume cannot be treated with root-form dental implants. Thus, new treatment modalities were sought for these patients. One of the therapies considered was the placement of zygomatic implants, which were introduced to the market over 20 years ago. A recent study has investigated a novel protocol for the placement of zygomatic implants using a specific surgical guide.

First dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis has been successfully implanted

June 11, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A Swedish patient has received the first of an osseo-neuromuscular implant to control a dexterous hand prosthesis. In a pioneering surgery, titanium implants were placed in the two forearm bones (radius and ulnar), from which electrodes to nerves and muscle were extended to extract signals to control a robotic hand and to provide tactile sensations. This makes it the first clinically viable, dexterous and sentient prosthetic hand usable in real life. The breakthrough is part of the European project DeTOP.

Light and nanotechnology prevent bacterial infections on medical implants

June 7, 2019 | News

BARCELONA, Spain: Invented approximately 50 years ago, surgical medical meshes have become key elements in the recovery procedures of damaged-tissue surgeries, the most common being hernia repair. When implanted within the tissue of the patient, the flexible and conformable design of these meshes helps hold muscles tight and allows patients to recover much faster than through the conventional surgery of sewing and stitching.

Richard Wolf subsidiary RIWOspine installs new business structure in Japan

June 5, 2019 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany: RIWOspine, is one of the world's leading suppliers of endoscopic systems for minimally invasive surgery and interventional spinal pain therapy. The strategic takeover of the local trading partner and the installation of an independent business unit within the Japanese Richard Wolf subsidiary will be fundamental for the expansion of business in the strategically important Japanese growth market.

Young athletes may need one-year break after knee surgery

June 4, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: After surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, young athletes are now recommended to undergo at least a year’s rehab and thorough testing before resuming knee-strenuous sport. Research shows that those who return to sport relatively soon after surgery incur a highly elevated risk of a second ACL injury.

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Surgery Patients Are Getting Older Every Year

May 28, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A new analysis by the Queen Mary University of London revealed that people undergoing surgery in England are getting older at a faster rate than the general population.

Dental implants are medically advisable for patients with Sjögren’s syndrome

May 24, 2019 | News

MALMÖ/GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Up until now it was not known whether dental implants were successful in patients affected by Sjögren’s syndrome. In fact, many professionals advise against them, as they believe these patients have a higher risk of implant failure. However, researchers at the universities of Malmö and Gothenburg in Sweden have found that dental implants are a viable option for people with Sjögren’s syndrome, even though these patients may experience a higher marginal bone loss around their implants than others.

First baby born after robot-assisted uterus transplant

May 21, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: At the Sahlgrenska University Hospital at the University of Gothenburg, recently the first baby was born after a technological shift in Gothenburg’s world-leading research on uterine transplantation. The birth, a planned caesarean-section, is part of what the researchers call the “Robot Project”.

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Long-term study investigates risk factors for short dental implants

May 16, 2019 | News

ANKARA, Turkey: The use of standard dental implants has become a widely accepted treatment modality for the rehabilitation of complete and partial edentulism. However, in severe alveolar resorption, standard-length implant placement is not possible without additional surgical intervention. For such cases, the use of short implants is considered a major contribution to the field of implant dentistry. Now, a recent study has determined the risk factors for short dental implant survival.

Richard Wolf launches its first digital customer magazine “the spirit”

May 14, 2019 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany: The medical technology company Richard Wolf is unveiling its very first digital customer magazine "the spirit" to the public. The English-language Richard Wolf eMagazine will be published four times a year in the form of an interactive digital newsletter.

Weight-loss surgery associated with risk of pregnancy and birth complications

May 9, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery appear to be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, and their babies seem more likely to be born prematurely, small for gestational age, have congenital anomalies and be admitted to intensive care, according to the most comprehensive assessment of how bariatric surgery affects pregnancy outcomes, which have been recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, UK.

Welding with stem cells for next-generation surgical glues

May 7, 2019 | News

BRISTOL, UK: Scientists at the University of Bristol have invented a new technology that could lead to the development of a new generation of smart surgical glues and dressings for chronic wounds. The new method, pioneered by Dr Adam Perriman and colleagues, involves re-engineering the membranes of stem cells to effectively "weld" the cells together.

Post-surgery mortality rate decreases after launch of Surgical Safety Checklist in Scotland

May 2, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, Scottland: The World Health Organization (WHO) created a Surgical Safety Checklist over a decade ago, in an effort to reduce mortality after surgery. The British Journal of Surgery has published a study that used a national database to look at the records of over 12 million patients. The authors were interested in the numbers of deaths before and after the launch of the checklist in Scotland.

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Study finds that field of surgery needs to be made more appealing for female medical students

April 30, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: A greater number of female medical students felt discouraged in their training than their male counterparts, according to a new study, carried out by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). It was based on 464 questionnaires that were completed by medical students in Dublin and Malaysia.

VR surgical simulator first to receive Royal College accreditation

April 24, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A virtual reality platform, manufactured by the company FundamentalVR, provides doctors with a "flight simulator" for surgery and has become the first of its kind to receive accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

April 23, 2019 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: Healthcare workers in intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection control, according to new research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 13 to 16 April.

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