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Heart pump implant procedure receives FDA approval

Heart pump implant procedure receives FDA approval
Medtronic has received FDA approval for a less-invasive implant approach of its HVAD System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for patients with advanced heart failure. The HVAD System is the smallest commercially available LVAD, and the only LVAD approved in the U.S. for implant via thoracotomy, a small lateral, surgical incision between the patient's ribs on the left side of the chest.
16th July 2018

Neural implants modulate microstructures in the brain

Neural implants modulate microstructures in the brain
The diversity of structures and functions of the brain is becoming increasingly realised in research today. Key structures exist in the brain that regulate emotion, anxiety, happiness, memory, and mobility. These structures can come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and can all be physically near one another. Dysfunction of these structures and circuits linking them are common causes of many neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases.
29th June 2018

First successful implants of StimRouter Neuromodulation system

First successful implants of StimRouter Neuromodulation system
Bioness has announced the first successful implants of its StimRouter Neuromodulation System for the treatment of chronic pain at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Following approval by Health Canada in January, the peripheral nerve stimulation device is now available in Canada, the United States and Europe, giving patients a non-opioid, permanent solution for the treatment of chronic pain of a peripheral nerve origin, excluding pain in the craniofacial region.
29th June 2018


Simulated procedures on virtual hearts

Simulated procedures on virtual hearts
One of the world’s most important conferences in the field of computer assisted radiology and surgery, CARS 2018, will take place from the 20th to 23rd June in Berlin. The Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen will make an essential contribution to one of the conference’s key topics: How can minimally invasive heart procedures be performed more effectively and patient-friendly with the help of modern data and image processing algorithms?
19th June 2018

Modular robotic surgery systems for underserved countries

Modular robotic surgery systems for underserved countries
Despite decades of successful robotic-assisted surgeries in the US that have positively impacted millions of patients, there is still limited access to this technology in developing countries. The reason, according to Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, founder and CEO of SS Innovations (SSI), is related to the affordability and complexity of existing robotic surgery systems. These are the challenges that SSI is tackling head-on.
6th June 2018

Preparing for the surgical robot boom

Preparing for the surgical robot boom
With greater investment from healthcare organisations and surgical robot technology about to become generic, the conditions are perfect for a boom in the surgical robotics market. But how can design engineers and technical medical staff ensure these new systems operate reliably and safely? Michele Windsor, global marketing manager at surgical robot battery manufacturer Accutronics, has a solution.
5th June 2018

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their ability to accurately control their movements.
4th June 2018

Second generation endoscopic accessory for endolumenal procedures

Second generation endoscopic accessory for endolumenal procedures
Lumendi, LLC has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the DiLumen Is Endolumenal Interventional Scissors, a sterile, single-use, disposable monopolar electrosurgical device for cutting, dissecting, and cauterising tissue within the digestive tract during endoscopic procedures. This is the fourth device Lumendi has developed as the company continues to advance minimally invasive endolumenal therapies.
30th May 2018

Surgical robotic system cleared for hernia repair

Surgical robotic system cleared for hernia repair
TransEnterix, Inc. has announced that the Company has received FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of its Senhance Surgical System. The Company received FDA 510(k) clearance for laparoscopic inguinal hernia and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) surgery. There are approximately 760,000 inguinal hernia and 1.2 million laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures performed annually in the U.S.
30th May 2018

The first successful cardiac procedure with the AcQMap system

The first successful cardiac procedure with the AcQMap system
Acutus Medical has announced that the AcQMap High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System has been utilised for the first time in U.S. patients. The company also revealed initiation of a new clinical study to evaluate the technology during atrial fibrillation retreatment ablation procedures in Europe and Canada. “Enabling physicians to see complex, irregular arrhythmias in real-time should provide important new insights and enable truly personalised and individualised ablation therapy planning."
15th May 2018


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