AASPA Newsline
Mar. 17, 2015

Hip replacements are on the rise
U-T San Diego
In recent years, the number of patients who have had hip replacement surgery has doubled nationwide. While the reasons for the increase are not entirely known, it’s theorized the rise comes from an increase in osteoarthritis, or a breakdown of cartilage that cushions the joints. The findings were released in January by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Based on a study of hospital records of total hip replacements from 2000 to 2010, the number of the procedures jumped from 138,700 in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010.More

2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update

We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!More

Register now for the 2015 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support

Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.

Course will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

Register today!More

Johns Hopkins releases new restrictions on morcellation
The Legal Examiner
Amidst concerns that power morcellators used during certain gynecological surgeries could potentially lead to serious cancer diagnoses, Johns Hopkins University has announced that they will no longer use the power tools or certain surgeries in postmenopausal women. According to Oncology Practice, the University made the announcement in December 2014, stating that they had developed a new safety protocol surrounding power morcellation, to protect women going through minimally invasive surgeries. More

Machine keeps lungs 'alive' outside the body
USA Today
The medical marvel that saved Kyle Clark's life is about as fantastical as any story the comic books superfan could conceive. A new machine developed by the University of Michigan keeps donor lungs "alive" outside the human body for up to six hours. That gives doctors critical extra time to inspect the lungs as the machine pumps special fluid through them, essentially "reconditioning" them for transplant, said Dr. Paul Lange, the medical director for Gift of Life Michigan.More

Surgeons must grasp influence of certain factors on CCS management, mortality
Healio
Researchers found neck and upper-extremity pain was able to be treated conservatively in patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for degenerative disc disease and radiculopathy; however, duration of symptoms was directly related to outcomes. The researchers conducted a post hoc analysis on an original prospective clinical study, which included 58 patients undergoing one- or two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgeries for cervical degenerative radiculopathy.More

Minimally invasive surgery gives new hope for spinal problems
The New Indian Express
Though a considerable number of people suffer from severe spine problems not many opt for a surgery due to the risks involved in spinal surgeries keeping in view the delicate nature of spine. But, minimally invasive spinal surgeries are offering a ray of hope for the patients suffering with severe spinal problems. Spinal problems are of two types degenerative and non degenerative. In degenerative category problems occur either due to spinal discs protrusion or extrusion.More

Having surgery in the US? Here's the risk you'll face
Tech Times
Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization, has released a report which suggests that an individual's likelihoods of surviving some high-risk surgeries in the U.S. may depend upon the choice of the hospital. The aim of the latest Leapfrog Group report is to increase the quality of services provided by hospitals and allow patients and their families to make an informed decision while choosing a hospital for a particular surgery. Leapfrog Group suggests that the choice of hospital for a surgery can make a difference between life and death.More

Skin cancer biopsy site selfies aided in correct surgical site identification
Healio
Skin cancer biopsy site selfies taken by patients were shown to be helpful for correct surgical site identification, according to recently published study results. Determining the location of a skin cancer biopsy site prior to surgery presents challenges including a biopsy site located in an area of extensive field damage, the patient’s inability to definitely locate the site, and biopsy performed by one physician and treated by another, the researchers wrote.More

Parenchymal preservation surgery linked to lower mortality, complication rates in cancer patients
News-Medical
A surgical approach in which a surgeon removes less than a lobe of the liver in a patient undergoing an operation for liver cancer is associated with lower mortality and complication rates, according to new study results published online as an "article in press" in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). The article will appear in print in the April issue of the Journal. Historically, the most common surgical method of treatment for liver cancer was a major hepatectomy in which a lobe (hemi-liver) is removed in order to remove the tumor.More

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis: When is surgery prudent?
HCPLive
Americans’ low-fiber diets that tend to be rich in red meats put them at risk for diverticulosis, and by age 60, roughly half of Americans have or have had diverticulosis. It’s not clear how many patients with diverticulosis go on to develop diverticulitis, but once diverticulitis develops, 10-25 percent of patients need surgery, often urgently. In the United States, this condition’s burden is quite high but no evidence-based guidelines have been developed and little is known about long-term management and outcomes. Annals of Surgery has published a large study that indicates that in patients age 50 or older, surgeons should consider resection sooner rather than later.More

ICG angiography to protect skin in breast reconstruction
Medscape (free login required)
Skin flap loss can be a devastating complication of breast reconstruction following mastectomy, but the use of intraoperative laser angiography using indocyanine green (ICG) can help prevent it through real-time assessment of tissue perfusion, according to a plastic surgeon who described the system at the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference. The ICG angiography SPY Elite system cannot replace clinical judgment, but it can be a useful adjunct in helping to avoid skin necrosis, said Lloyd B. Gayle, M.D., chief of plastic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, New York City. More