AASPA Newsline
Oct. 29, 2013

Study: Looking at surgeries addressing eye-muscle problems
The Chicago Tribune
Area hospitals take part in project evaluating 2 procedures for ocular muscles Children with wandering eyes often endure double vision and merciless teasing from their peers, according to doctors and parents, affecting both their academic performance and self-confidence until surgery or other solutions correct the misalignment.More

Invuity launches handheld illuminator with suction for trauma surgery
Healio
Invuity recently announced the full commercial launch of the Eigr Saber Waveguide with Yankauer, which is a handheld illuminator combined with a traditional Yankauer suction platform. The Eigr Saber Waveguide illuminator projects thermally cool, brilliant, white light uniformly into a surgical cavity and, according to a press release, significantly improves visualization in patients during trauma and reconstruction surgery.More

No effect of resident hour limits on neurosurgical outcomes
Medscape (free subscription)
Restrictions on duty hours for neurosurgery residents has not resulted in significant changes in mortality for neurosurgery patients, a new study shows. The study did show a slight drop in the proportion of U.S. neurosurgery patients who went straight home from the hospital after 2003, when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education limited the hours residents could be required to work. But overall, "there weren't any dramatic changes before or after the work hour changes," Kiersten Norby, M.D., told Medscape Medical News.More

Google Glass in the OR: There's an app for that, but would you trust it with your spleen?
Venture Beat
Remote healthcare has long been one of the most exciting promises of the Google Glass platform, and today at DEMO, we got a taste of how that would actually work. Pristine EyeSight and Pristing CheckLists from startup Pristine are two new applications designed for surgery, anesthesia, and telemedicine in general.More

Robot surgery damaging patients rises with marketing
Bloomberg
Robot operations haven’t been proven in randomized trials to offer significant health benefits compared to standard, less-invasive surgery and multiple studies show they can cost thousands of dollars more. U.S. hospitals used robot-assisted surgery in more than 350,000 operations last year, a 60 percent jump since 2010. Robotic surgery is used to perform hysterectomies... More

Cataract surgeries performed at steady rate of increase
Healio
The number of incident cataract surgeries continues to increase at a steady rate, with the greatest number of surgeries performed in the most recent year analyzed, according to a study. In a population-based extended study of medical records in Olmsted County, Minn., Mayo Clinic researchers merged 7 years of data from 2005 to 2011 with data from 1980 to 2004 to create a cataract registry spanning 3 decades.More

Research: Old cancer drug may help prevent rejection after transplantation
By Joy Burgess
According to new transplant research in Sweden, an old cancer drug, Zebularine, may help to prevent rejection after transplantation. Rejection of the new tissue or organ has long been a problem for patients after receiving a transplant from an organ donor.More

Spinal fusions serve as case study for debate over when certain surgeries are necessary
The Washington Post
By some measures, Federico C. Vinas was a star surgeon. He performed three or four surgeries on a typical weekday at the Daytona Beach, Fla., hospital that employed him, and a review showed him to be nearly five times as busy as other neurosurgeons. The hospital paid him hundreds of thousands in incentive pay. In all, he earned as much as $1.9 million a year. Yet given his productivity, some hospital auditors wondered: Was all of the surgery really necessary?More

Optical technology helps surgeons see cancer tissue
R&D Mag
OnTarget Laboratories LLC has teamed with partners in academia to test a novel optical imaging technology developed at Purdue Univ. that could help surgeons see cancer tissue during surgery. The technology, developed by Philip Low, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue, is based on the over-expression of specific receptors on solid cancerous tumors and enables illumination of the tumor tissue during surgery.More

Laparoscopic colon surgery may keep older patients independent longer
The Oncology Report
Elderly patients who undergo laparoscopic colon surgery are significantly more likely to be discharged back to their homes than to a long-term care facility. In a retrospective study of almost 10,000 elderly patients, 12.5 percent of those who had a laparoscopic procedure went to a nursing home, compared with 20 percent of those who had open surgery.More

ICD-10-CM from an optimistic coder's perspective
By Elizabeth Morgenroth
In my discussions with coders in the past 18 months, I have found that each coder has a reaction to ICD-10-CM as unique as the person expressing it. The emotions associated with ICD-10-CM cover the complete spectrum - from joy to grief, happiness to rage, doubt to certainty.More