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  • Colorectal Surgeons Develop Tool to Measure Surgery Quality
    CLEVELAND—Since the publication in 2000 of a report titled “To Err is Human" by the Institute of Medicine which called for a reduction in preventable medical errors, there has been an increasing demand for making improvements in the quality and measurement of health care ...More
    September 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Is Stretta Better for GERD than Chronic PPI Use or Surgery?
    BOSTON―A newly published peer-review study that examines Stretta therapy is bringing renewed attention to this non-surgical procedure that has 10 years of patient data and recently earned The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) highest GRADE ...More
    September 11, 2013 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • New Direction in Surgery for Rectal Cancer
    SAN DIEGO—Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. ...More
    August 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • 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