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  • GI Doctors Use Endoscopy to Place Transpyloric Stent
    Physicians at Johns Hopkins said they are encouraged by early results in three patients of their new treatment for gastroparesis, a condition marked by the failure of the stomach to properly empty its contents into the small intestine. ...More
    July 8, 2013 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Rates of Emergency Bowel Surgery Vary Wildly From State to State
    BALTIMORE—Johns Hopkins researchers have documented huge and somewhat puzzling interstate variations in the percentage of emergency versus elective bowel surgeries. Figuring out precisely why the differences occur is critical, they say, because people forced to undergo ...More
    June 6, 2013 Posted in News
  • Does Surgery Fight Reflux When Meds No Longer Work?
    HOUSTON—For years, Majed Khalifa’s severe reflux prevented him from sleeping at night and, because of his disease, he couldn’t even drink coffee to help him get through the day. He was taking medication for gastroesphogeal reflux disease (GERD), and when it stopped working, ...More
    May 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • Olympus Launches Laparoscopic Surgical Video System
    CENTER VALLEY, Pa.―Olympus, a medical technology company, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. ...More
    April 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Surgery and Radiation Help Gastric-Cancer Patients
    TAMPA, Fla.—Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center studied patients with metastatic gastric cancer and found that those who have both surgery and radiation have better survival than those who receive one or no form of treatment. ...More
    March 4, 2013 Posted in News, Procedures
  • New System Allows Surgery Through Dime-Sized Hole
    CENTER VALLEY, Pa.—Olympus this month announced the availability of a surgical system that allows surgeons to remove the gallbladder through the belly button using a single incision of only 12-15mm in size. This one-of-a-kind system, developed over a five-year period, will ...More
    October 3, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Safety Program Cuts Colorectal Surgery Infections
    BALTIMORE—A patient safety team including researchers in the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality this month announced a one-third cut in the rate of costly and potentially lethal surgical site infections (SSIs) following colorectal operations ...More
    August 8, 2012 Posted in News
  • Managed Care Reduces Cost of Surgery for Colon Cancer
    WASHINGTON—A study of 7,424 privately insured colon-cancer patients found that managed care presence in the market, and hospital competition, increased the likelihood of laparoscopic surgery to treat colon cancer, and that this type of surgery lowered costs. This is ...More
    May 15, 2012 Posted in News
  • Community-Onset C. diff Linked to Higher Risk of Surgery
    ARLNGTON, Va.—Patients whose symptoms of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) start outside of the hospital setting have a higher risk of colectomy due to severe infection, according to a large multicenter study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...More
    April 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • AAAHC Announces 5,000th Accreditation
    Michigan Surgery Center is the latest ambulatory organization to meet AAAHC standards. ...More
    November 17, 2011 Posted in News, Industry Issues