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Nov. 12, 2013

Surgeons find new body part explaining ACL knee injuries
Digital Journal
Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a new body part in the human knee that may help doctors understand why many patients' knees tend to 'give away' even after treatment for ligament injuries.More

Study: Sleep deprived surgeons no less effective
U.S. News & World Report
Although sleep deprivation can be seen as detrimental in the medical world, surgeons who worked the night before an operation were no less effective and did not have a higher rate of complications in surgery than those who did not work the night before, according to a study published recently.More

Surgeons perform world's first nerve graft to repair peripheral nerve injury
Health Canal
When Danielle Press went boating off Key Biscayne the afternoon of September 14, she didn't realize she would be severely injured in a boating accident and make medical history. One month after being rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, surgeons from the Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital performed the world's first nerve graft using a combination of Press' own nerve and Schwann cells to repair her severely injured sciatic nerve.More

Surgeons describe new knee ligament
Medical News Today
At the Belgian University Hospitals Leuven, two knee surgeons have for the first time given a full anatomical description of a new ligament that they term the anterolateral ligament (ALL). The new ligament is thought to play an important role in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.More

Aortic valves best replaced at high-volume centers
Medpage Today
High-risk patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) experience less morbidity and mortality at the hospitals that perform the most procedures, a population-based study reported. Mortality at high volume hospitals was 2.41 percent versus 4.34 percent at low volume hospitals, wrote Dr. Himanshu J. Patel.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

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps
The Star Tribune
A new generation of cardiac devices scheduled for human trials in Europe and the United States next year has heart surgeons talking about a possible sea change in the treatment of patients suffering from the most severe level of heart failure, which affects 150,000 to 200,000 Americans a year and kills thousands.More

Surgeons grow new face for chinese burn victim... on her chest
Medical Daily
In a novel medical procedure, a Chinese girl horribly disfigured in a house fire is growing a new face — on her chest. Xu Jianmei, 17, has gone through childhood with chronic pain and a face her parents could not afford to fix with plastic surgery. Now, surgeons in Funzhou, the urbanized provincial capital of Fujian, are experimenting with a new technology to regenerate tissue composing a new chin, eyelids, and ears.More

More biologics, fewer surgeries in rheumatoid arthritis
Medscape (free subscription)
The incidence of joint surgery declined by more than 20 percent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) over a 13-year period, according to a large population-based study. "We proved our hypothesis that the incidence of joint replacement surgery is declining in RA. We assume that the decline is related to better disease control with more aggressive therapy and newer biologics," said lead investigator Korosh Hekmat, M.D.More

How Google Glass is now being used during surgery
Forbes
Philips Healthcare and Accenture are developing a new way to help surgeons deliver more efficient and effective patient care using Google Glass technology. Google Glass is wearable technology that looks like eyeglasses, but without the lenses. Instead, a small prism on the right side displays information via a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to the MyGlass app on Android or iOS devices.More

Fewer, more successful heart bypass surgeries happening in Pennsylvania
MedCity News
Surgeons in Pennsylvania are doing fewer heart-bypass surgeries every year, yet more patients than ever are making it out of the hospital alive. That is the finding of a new report Wednesday from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, a state agency tasked with analyzing the costs and quality of medicine.More