AASPA Newsline
Mar. 11, 2014

New guideline provides recommendations for breast cancer surgeons
Health Canal
Over the past 20 years, rigorous clinical trials have demonstrated that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy is as effective as mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer, providing female patients with a breast-conserving treatment option. During lumpectomy, surgeons remove both the primary tumor and a rim of normal tissue surrounding the tumor, referred to as the "surgical margin."More

Pediatric surgeons develop standards for children's surgical care in the US
Medical Xpress
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has published new comprehensive guidelines that define the resources the nation's surgical facilities need to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. The standards also have the approval of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia. Representatives of these organizations as well as invited leaders in other pediatric medical specialties, known as the Task Force for Children's Surgical Care, developed the consensus recommendations over the past three years.More

2 gloves are better than one
Outpatient Surgery
Despite pages upon pages of clinical studies that have proven the effectiveness of double-gloving in protecting surgical team members from sharps injuries, needlesticks and infectious diseases such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C, the practice isn't yet routine. Time and again we hear that clinical proof is needed to drive change in the operating room. More

Research benefits surgeons making decisions on how to help their patients breathe easier
Science Codex
A more accurate and successful, yet complex approach used in designing an airplane is now taking off in the health care industry. The end result is helping patients with pulmonary disorders breathe easier, as well as their surgeons in considering novel treatment approaches. More

A revolutionary surgery, now as typical as a sinker
The New York Times
Pitchers who had Tommy John surgery might have felt like raising a toast to Dr. Frank Jobe on Thursday night. But that very motion might not have been possible, at least without triggering elbow pain, if not for Jobe’s pioneering technique. Jobe began an almost quixotic bid in 1974 to prolong the career of a major league pitcher. The successful treatment, more technically known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, now extends to pitchers at multiple levels of the game, as well as tennis players and javelin throwers, from athletes as young as 14 to those nearing retirement. More

Ear-tube procedures moving out of operating room
Knoxville News
Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip the costs and boost the safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries each year. “This is a simple story,” said Preceptis CEO Steve Anderson. “We’ve come up with an effective tool that allows us to do the procedure under conscious sedation, avoiding the expense of the operating room, and avoiding the risk to young children of general anesthesia.” More

Some patients may benefit from hip resurfacing over replacement
Medical Xpress
When a person loses mobility because of arthritis, surgeons can replace the faulty hip joint with a new one. A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that a different procedure called hip resurfacing may be a better option for some patients, particularly those who are young and active.More

Researchers pinpoint brain region essential for social memory
Science Codex
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species. A better grasp of the function of CA2 could prove useful in understanding and treating disorders characterized by altered social behaviors, such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The findings, made in mice, were published today in the online edition of Nature. More

Surgical options to treat patients with increased eye pressure and glaucoma continue to expand
The Pain Dealer
Until this century, patients with increased eye pressure — a condition that can damage the eye if left untreated — faced surgery that involved a long incision and longer healing period. Laser surgery emerged in the last decade. It is less invasive, but patients usually still have to take medication to control the pressure, which can cause glaucoma. More

Silk-based bone implants 'melt away' after fracture heals, may have 'huge applications' for surgeons
International Business Times
Could the silkworm be the next big surgical breakthrough? A research team from Tufts University School of Engineering and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is developing silk-based implants for repairing broken bones. The small silk screws have a similar composition to bone, researchers say, and could replace traditionally metal bolts. More

3-D printed liver makes surgery safer
Live Science
A new method of 3-D printing an anatomically accurate replica of the human liver is now helping to guide surgeons during tricky procedures. The 3-D-printed replicas, which are made of transparent material threaded with colored arteries and veins, could help surgeons prevent complications when performing liver transplants or removing cancerous tumors, researchers said. More

Data from UMMS-led registry shows national norms for timing of hip and knee replacements
University of Massachusetts Medical School
New data from a federally funded research registry led by UMass Medical School has pinpointed “typical” patient pain and function scores at which most patients undergo joint replacement surgery. The data was gathered through more than 125 orthopedic surgeons on 15,000 joint replacement patients across the United States. “This is the first time we’ve been able to quantify the point at which most patients and surgeons together make the decision to proceed with a total knee or hip replacement,” said David Ayers, M.D., and Arthur M. Pappas, M.D.More