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

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,

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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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

Augmented reality will change the way you view surgery

Royal Philips, a leader in integrated image-guided therapy solutions, recently developed an augmented reality approach to spinal surgery, helping surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive surgery. When placing pedicle screws, the augmented reality (AR) technology had an overall accuracy of 85%, compared to the 64% accuracy of non-AR assisted surgical navigation. Ronald Tabaksblat, senior vice president and

Touch Surgery simulations are even more amazing: Here’s how

Touch Surgery, which already boasts a community of 1.5 million using its mobile surgical simulations, is upping its game when it comes to making the platform even more immersive. Touch on Friday announced a partnership with DAQRI to add augmented reality capabilities to the simulations using  DAQRI smart glasses. “To date, we have delivered our

Surgical equipment market to double to more than $20 billion

The global surgical equipment market is poised to reach a value of $20.3 billion by 2025, according to a report from Grand View Research. The worldwide market for surgical equipment was $9.9 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% over the next seven years. The study says the rise of minimally invasive procedures is

Balloon catheters: What are some key design considerations?

Katie Karmelek/Product Manager/Vention Medical Balloon catheters are used in a wide range of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including dilating vessels, opening blockages, delivering stents, and more. There are many factors to consider when designing a balloon catheter, including the application, type of balloon, type of catheter, and device performance requirements. Applications The application for

CytoSorbents gains on German reimbursement win

CytoSorbents Corp. (NSDQ:CTSO) shares jumped 9% to $5.35 apiece today after the company reported that it landed a permanent reimbursement procedure code for its CytoSorb therapy in Germany. The Monmouth Junction, N.J.-based company developed its blood purification therapy to treat inflammation in critically-ill patients and for use during cardiac surgery. CytoSorb is an extracorporeal cytokine

What is co-extrusion tubing?

Tom Moore/Technical Sales Manager/Raumedic Inc.  Co-extrusion presses two or more materials through a single die, resulting in one piece. It requires two or more extruders, each providing a pre-measured quantity of molten plastics for the end product. Co-extruded tubing serves many purposes in the medical market, particularly with medical devices. Co-extruded tubes can contain internally hardened tubes