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Operating on hips in a virtual operating room

September 10, 2019 | News

CHEMNITZ, Germany: Each year, more than 200,000 people receive a prosthetic hip in Germany. The success of these operations has a major impact on the quality of life of those affected. However, the procedure is often difficult, particularly the step that involves the so-called milling out of the acetabulum, one of the most delicate and difficult steps to practice. This is where the project “HüftImplantatPfannenfräsSimulator” (HIPS) steps in, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The project, successfully completed in April 2019, was led by the Professorship Machine Tool Design and Forming Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology. The Center for Computing Technologies at the University of Bremen provided research expertise in the field of virtual reality. Also involved in the project were FAKT Software in Leipzig and CAT Production in Munich.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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