Hill-Rom enhances surgical solutions portfolio with launch of mobile surgical table

In response to hospitals’ need to equip operating rooms with quality medical devices at a reasonable cost, Hill-Rom designed and developed the new TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating Table. The introduction of this surgical table enhances the Hill-Rom Surgical Solutions product portfolio by providing a cost-effective, reliable and flexible operating table. The TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating

Covestro polycarbonates instrumental to orthopedic surgery innovation

Orthopedic implants are helpful in restoring the quality of life for patients suffering from pain and reduced mobility. Bio2 Technologies of Woburn, Mass. has developed Vitrium Bioactive Glass Implants that are an alternative to allograft and porous metals. In addition to this innovative material, the company is also taking a novel approach to the surgical

Turns out unneeded ICD shocks have costs

A Stanford University School of Medicine–led team of researchers has discovered that implantable cardioverter defibrillators that administer shocks unnecessarily could actually do more harm than good. Those who have had a ventricular arrhythmia, heart attack, survived sudden cardiac arrest and have a congenital heart disease typically have an ICD implanted, according to the American Heart

Safe Orthopaedics releases connectors and cement injectables for spinal surgery

Safe Orthopaedics has released its transverse connector that it designed to rigidify the stabilization of posterior spinal osteosynthesis, and a injectable cement for Cypress screws. The cement injectables that go into the vertebrae improve the anchoring strength of Cypress screws. Improving the strength reduces the risk of postoperative instability and the need to have surgery

How surgical robots are creating super surgeons

Faster than a scalpel-wielding hand, able to snake to hard-to-reach surgical sites in a single bound—future surgeons will be super surgeons, all thanks to robotics. Alistair Fleming, VP Medical at Sagentia In many industries, the advance of robotics has created worries about robots supplanting humans. But in the world of surgery, the next generation of

This tiny camera on a needle could enable safer brain surgeries

A team of researchers at the Center for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide in Australia have developed a brain biopsy needle with a tiny camera attached to the end to make brain surgery safer. When performing surgery on a brain tumor, regular biopsy needles usually pose the risk of hitting a blood vessel,

Scientists can read minds to communicate with paralyzed patients

An international research team has developed a way to read brain chemistry to enable communication in patients who are paralyzed and unable to talk. The brain-computer interface (BCI) reads the blood oxygen levels in the brain and deciphers the thoughts of the paralyzed patient. The system was tested with four patients with complete locked-in syndrome

11 surgical robotics companies you need to know

Fink Densford, Associate Editor Robotic surgery is taking off, and the field is becoming increasingly diverse. We’ve collected information on the biggest players in the field so far. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot remains the premier surgical robotics company, with other companies including Stryker and Zimmer-Biomet only getting into the field in recent years. Read on

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Bard announces ePTFE encapsulation services for OEM customers

C.R. Bard announced today it is making its expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) encapsulation services available to OEM customers. Bard originally developed the ePTFE encapsulation services its own branded stents. Bard OEM customers will now have access to the material and processes needed for encapsulating their own component or device. Such ePTFE encapsulation is especially suited for

Growing heart muscle cells: 2 breakthroughs you need to know

Host animal hearts and 3-D printed scaffolds—both appear to be showing promise when it comes to growing heart tissue to restore damaged hearts. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University recently reported that they’ve had success using host animal hearts to grow mature and viable heart muscle cells from stem cells. Meanwhile, a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer

Exploring ePTFE sutures for surgical product development

Zeus Industrial Products has developed an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) suture based on physicians’ needs. In this podcast, Bruce Anneaux, corporate director of research and development at Zeus, reviews the material properties of Aeos ePTFE and the company’s latest offering, a suture monofilament. The structure of the Aeos material consists of solid nodes interconnected by a matrix of

Intuitive Surgical expects slowdown in da Vinci sales growth

Intuitive Surgical beat Wall Street expectations with its fourth quarter results, but company officials expect a slowdown in sales growth this year for da Vinci surgical robots. Intuitive Surgical earned $204 million, or $5.13 per share, off $386 million in sales during the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, the company reported Tuesday evening. The fourth

Medtronic launches trial for Visualase MRI-Guided laser ablation device in epilepsy patients

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that the 1st procedure using the Visualase MRI-Guided laser ablation system has been performed in its SLATE clinical trial evaluating the device in patients with drug-resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. The trial is slated to enroll 120 patients with MTLE, the most common form of epilepsy. Researchers will observe the patients

Meet the latest medical augmented reality company in the U.S.

A German company called Scopis is breaking into the U.S. market with its surgical navigation systems, which use augmented reality technology to guide surgeons along mapped-out pathways. Scopis (Berlin) said Monday that it has established a presence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the help of the German government’s German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) program. The company

BioSig taps Minnetronix to develop new cardio display system

BioSig Technologies has contracted with Minnetronix to develop the first version of its Pure EP system, according to a letter to shareholders disclosed Friday. BioSig, based just outside Minneapolis, is developing a cardiac signal acquisition and display system which is designed to assist electrophysiologists in making clinical decisions for patients with abnormal heart rates and rhythms, including