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September 2017

Duodenoscope With Disposable Distal Cap Said to Be Easier to Reprocess

The FDA says the disposable cap will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing.
Published: September 21, 2017

Who's Using the Robot?

Study: Urology, gynecology and endocrine-related surgery have the highest proportion of robotic-assisted procedures.
Published: September 19, 2017

Inmate Claims He Was Needlessly Handcuffed and Shackled During and After Emergency Appendectomy

Despite objections from surgeon, prison guards kept patient restrained for days, according to lawsuit.
Published: September 14, 2017

Editorial: Orthopedists Should Hand in Their Football Sideline Passes

Citing brain-injury risk, journal says orthopedic surgeons should not support football.
Published: September 13, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $57M Judgment in Pelvic Mesh Suit

Court-ordered payment is going to a woman who underwent 3 surgeries to remove defective pelvic mesh implants.
Published: September 8, 2017

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August 2017

Feds: Sightpath Lured Eye Surgeons With Luxury Trips for Nearly a Decade

Mobile cataract surgery outsourcing firm allegedly took ophthalmologists on luxury skiing vacations and high-end fishing, golfing and hunting trips to persuade them to use its services.
Published: August 30, 2017

Anatomy of a Scam: Materials Manager and His Accomplice Allegedly Bilked Facility Into Buying Supplies It Never Received

Two men, including the ASC's former materials manager, have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud for allegedly scheming $1.3 million out of Mountain Empire Surgery Center.
Published: August 25, 2017

Jury Clears GI Doc of Negligence in Colon Cancer Suit

A jury found David Vastola, DO, not negligent in performing a 2011 colonoscopy on a patient who 18 months later presented with terminal colon cancer.
Published: August 23, 2017

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Rarely Starts With Surgery

Some have blamed surgeons for the opioid crisis, but a study found chronic opioid users rarely got their first prescriptions after surgery.
Published: August 23, 2017

Do Drug-Free Interventions Reduce Pain or Opioid Consumption After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

Researchers find that electrotherapy and acupuncture might reduce and delay opioid consumption, but do little to control pain.
Published: August 17, 2017

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July 2017

Hospital Hit With $5M Verdict After Lap Chole Patient's Post-Discharge Death

Woman, 49, died after she was discharged the same day she underwent an emergency gallbladder removal at a Philadelphia hospital.
Published: July 31, 2017

Coffee Enhances Accuracy of Image-Guided ENT Surgery

Vacuum-sealed grounds in a tight-fitting headpiece keep optical sensors solidly in place.
Published: July 26, 2017

Unflattering Press for Bronx-Lebanon Hospital's Head of Orthopedic Surgery

The report detailed surgeon Ira Kirschenbaum's record of alleged poor outcomes for his patients, including multiple patient deaths and a string of malpractice suits pending against him.
Published: July 25, 2017

Novel Stress Test Determines When Surgeons Are Ready to Cut Loose

At the Missouri University School of Medicine, they're measuring how much residents sweat during surgery.
Published: July 7, 2017

Orthopod Accused of Supplying Painkillers to His Mistress

Kenneth Cherry, MD, allegedly wrote 63 prescriptions for opioids over 18 months.
Published: July 6, 2017

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