The Future of (Digital) Surgery
Conclusion At first glance, the future prospects for the hospital industry’s surgery business look promising. Profit margins for most procedure lines remain solid, and an aging population will fuel growth in a broad array of surgical interventions. However, demographic trends are not the sole driver of surgery volumes—technological and competitive forces will also exert a significant influence on the future course of surgery. On the technology front, advances in biomedical engineering will create new surgical interventions while rendering existing surgical procedures obsolete. Technologi...
Source: MDDI - August 2, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Partha S. Anbil, Michael T. Ricci, and Stephanie Sarofian Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

When possible, upper and lower GI endoscopies should be done on same day
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) If your car needs work on its front and rear axles, it's obviously more convenient, efficient and cost effective to have both repairs done at the same time. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have shown similar benefits from 'bundling' upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies on the same day to remedy what they say is the 'disturbingly' large number of older Americans currently being scheduled for the procedures on two different days. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy After an Upper and Lower Endoscopy Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy After an Upper and Lower Endoscopy
This case presents management approaches which can be used when treating at-risk patients who have experienced symptoms of stress cardiomyopathy after undergoing endoscopy.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

J & J ’ s Ethicon touts economic study of magnetic Torax GERD device
This study suggests that perception may be short-sighted in that insurance plans can provide better care for their GERD patients at a similar cost to laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication when you factor in the greater reductions in medical costs after the procedure.” “This study demonstrated that the Linx System was cost effective and should be more widely covered by insurers,” added Ethicon endomechanical president Tom O’Brien. “Ethicon will continue to help support studies that enable clinicians, patients, insurers and health systems to make the best possible decisions about which treatments w...
Source: Mass Device - April 9, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Clinical Trials Weight loss Ethicon johnsonandjohnson Torax Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Nothing Tough to Swallow About This Data
This study suggests that perception may be short-sighted in that insurance plans can provide better care for their GERD patients at a similar cost to laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication when you factor in the greater reductions in medical costs after the procedure.”  The study, presented this week at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) meeting in Baltimore, MD, found that the reduced medical costs associated with the Linx procedure compared to LNF more than offset the higher cost the cost difference. The study was partially funded by Ethicon, part of Johnson...
Source: MDDI - April 3, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Implants Source Type: news

Wake Endoscopy: Our independence means lower health care costs
With the recent acquisition of Wilson Digestive Disease and Endoscopy Center, Wake Endoscopy holds the title of the largest – independent – gastrointestinal practice in the Triangle. (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 27, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

Intuitive doesn ’t expect any Chinese expanded quota da Vinci Sales this year
Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) said yesterday that despite the Chinese National Health Commission publishing a new quota expansion looking to add more surgical robots over the next two years, it does not expect to sell any systems under the new quota this year. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive Surgical saw shares rise over 5% yesterday on the news that the Chinese Government was calling for a total of 197 endoscopic surgical instrument control systems, or surgical robots, by the end of 2020. That number includes 154 new systems, according to the government release. Shortly after the announcement, the robotic surgical gia...
Source: Mass Device - November 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Robotics Surgical Intuitive Surgical Source Type: news

Intuitive Surgical shares rise on expanded surgical robot quota in China
Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) shares have risen over 5% in pre-market trading after the Chinese government released a new Large-Scale Medical Equipment Configuration Plan calling for an additional 154 surgical robot systems to be deployed in the country by the end of 2020. The official release from the Chinese Government calls for a total of 197 endoscopic surgical instrument control systems, or surgical robots, by the end of 2020. That number includes an additional 154 new systems. The last time the government issued a similar quota expansion was in 2013, according to a Leerink Partner letter to investors by analyst Ric...
Source: Mass Device - October 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Robotics Intuitive Surgical Source Type: news

4 Reasons Medtech Outsourcers Should Consider Cold Forming
This article covers the economic, strength, yield, and speed-to-market advantages of cold-formed components, especially compared with the capabilities of screw machining. The objective will be to provide potential new product design (NPD) engineers in outsource manufacturing environments an objective comparison from which to make informed decisions on micro-miniature component sourcing. NPD engineers rely heavily on design and manufacturing techniques learned through education, repeated application, and empirical success. Many alternate techniques are often approached with caution, particularly in medical and healthcare pr...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Timothy Kardish Tags: Contract Manufacturing Source Type: news

Statins associated with improvement of rare lung disease
This study suggests that oral statin therapy may be a new approach for patients with autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.AUTHORSThe study ’s co-senior authors are Dr. Elizabeth Tarling of UCLA and Dr. Bruce Trapnell of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other authors are listed in the journal article.JOURNALThe study was  published in the journal Nature Communications. FUNDINGThe National Institutes of Health funded the research.Learn more about the  cardiovascular research theme at UCLA.  (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cook Medical wins FDA de novo nod for Hemospray
Cook Medical said yesterday it won FDA de novo clearance for its Hemospray endoscopic hemostat designed for treating bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The Hemospray product won indications from the FDA for treating non-variceal GI bleeds, the Bloomington, Ind.-based company said. Hemospray is a single-use device designed to deliver an aerosolized spray of a mineral blend to a bleeding site during endoscopic procedures, and can cover large areas including ulcers and tumors, according to an FDA release. “We are extremely pleased to receive this approval to market from FDA. We have worked diligently to bring a di...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Cook Medical Source Type: news

Applied Medical touts surgical GI wound protector study data
Applied Medical this week released results from a meta-analysis study of wound protectors used during lower gastro intestinal procedures, touting their ability to reduce surgical site infections. Results from the study were published this month in the journal Surgical Endoscopy, the Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based company said. Data from the analysis, which examined 12 randomized controlled trials with 3,029 participants, indicated that use of wound protectors like the company’s Alexis system significantly reduced rates of SSI patients undergoing lower GI surgery. Furthermore, SSI rates were reduced by 63% when ...
Source: Mass Device - March 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Surgical Applied Medical Resources Corp. Source Type: news

Urgent Endoscopy Predicts Lower Death Rate in UGIB (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But did not impact rebleeding rate in high-risk acute nonvariceal upper GI bleeding (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - March 21, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

March Madness: Boston Scientific Continues Buying Spree
Boston Scientific is set to acquire NxThera, a urology specialist, for about $406 million. The transaction consists of an upfront cash payment of $306 million, and up to an additional $100 million in potential commercial milestone payments over the next four years. The deal is set to close in the second quarter of 2018. Maple Grove, MN-based NxThera has developed and commercialized the Rezūm system, which is a minimally invasive therapy for the treatment of symptoms arising from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The system was cleared by FDA in 2015 and has CE mark. Treatment with the Rezūm system is typically perfor...
Source: MDDI - March 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

The joy of cooking (and eating) after tracheomalacia
For most little kids, a trip to the supermarket is an annoying chore, made tolerable only by the opportunity to request sugary snacks as a reward. But when Charlotte McQueen accompanies her mother, Erin, to the store, it’s a journey marked by imagination and delight. “Mom, can we get that?” she asks, pointing to a can of pureed pumpkin. “Oh, and we’ll need marshmallows and we can make chocolate frosting. It will be a great cake!” At nearly 5 years old, Charlotte is an avid baker — a talent she picked up not at culinary school, but at the Yawkey Family Inn. There, a volunteer taught her and other chronically i...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dori Gallagher Dr. Michael Manfredi Dr. Russell Jennings Esophageal and Airway Treatment Center esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula posterior tracheopexy tracheomalacia Yawkey Fa Source Type: news