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Study questions use of fusion surgery for treating sacroiliac joint pain

Editor's Note A recent double-blind, randomized controlled trial could not prove that minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion was any more effective than sham surgery in treating severe sacroiliac joint pain. “With these findings, there should be discussion in the medical community whether an irreversible surgical procedure with related risks and…

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By: Matt Danford
February 21, 2024
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Study: Intrathecal morphine reduces post-op opioid need in open prostate, kidney surgeries

Editor's Note A recent study suggests a single dose of intrathecal morphine provides long-lasting analgesia and reduces the need for postoperative systemic administration of opioids after painful open urological procedures. The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing published the data January 31. Intrathecal opioid administration is an attractive technique in these surgeries…

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By: Matt Danford
February 20, 2024
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Stryker unveils ortho robotic technologies, updates at AAOS meeting

Editor's Note Stryker Corp announced its plans to showcase new joint-replacement technologies and updates to its Mako surgical robotic platform at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in San Francisco, according to a February 16 article in The Robot Report. The announcement includes the introduction of myMako and…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 16, 2024
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Data suggest BMI cutoffs for hernia surgery could be unnecessary

Editor's Note The impact of body mass index (BMI) on hernia recurrence is likely overstated, and symptomatic patients should not be denied abdominal wall reconstruction procedures due to an arbitrary BMI cutoff of 35 kg/m2. This is the conclusion of a study published February 1 in the journal Surgery by…

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By: Matt Danford
February 16, 2024
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Robot could clear stroke-related blockage faster than traditional methods

Editor's Note A magnetically operated robot developed by the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab in Zurich along with several hospitals in Switzerland could be used to treat people in the critical moments following a stroke to remove blockage and resume blood flow. The findings were published February 14 in the journal Science…

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By: Brita Belli
February 16, 2024
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Transcatheter therapy system becomes first to earn FDA approval for treating tricuspid regurgitation

Editor's Note Patients with severe cases of tricuspid regurgitation (in which a critical heart valve fails to close properly) now have a new treatment option thanks to the recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the ENVOQUE tricuspid valve replacement system, according to a February 2 press release…

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By: Matt Danford
February 14, 2024
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Iodine povacrylex outperforms chlorhexidine in skin antisepsis alcohol solution study

Editor's Note A recent study shows show skin antisepsis with iodine povacrylex in alcohol could result in fewer surgical-site infections among patients with closed extremity fractures than antisepsis with chlorhexidine gluconate in alcohol. Published February 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study shows similar results between the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 13, 2024
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Mood changes, sleep quality improve after primary hyperparathyroidism surgery

Editor's Note Benefits to mood and sleep should be considered in preoperative consultations with patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, according to a study published February 12 in the journal Surgery. The researchers’ recommendation reportedly departs from the latest recommendations published according to the primary hyperparathyroidism surgical consensus, which exclude these neuropsychological…

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By: Matt Danford
February 12, 2024
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Save the Date for OR Business Management Conference 2025

Editor's Note After three days of education and networking last week at the 2024 OR Business Management Conference (ORMBC) last week, we’ve already got our sights set on next year. Mark your calendar for February 9-12, 2025, for another chance to hone in on OR profitability at the 13th iteration…

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By: Matt Danford
February 9, 2024
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FDA announces urgent chest drain recall

Editor's Note The FDA has announced a recall of the Atrium Express Dry Suction Dry Seal Chest Drain, a disposable device used to remove air and/or fluid from the chest cavity or mediastinum and to aid in lung expansion and breathing. The drain is being recalled by maker Maquet Cardiovascular,…

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By: Brita Belli
February 9, 2024
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