Video Games Enhance Skills of Laparoscopic Surgeons

Laparoscopic surgeons who play video games requiring spatial skills and dexterity are faster and less prone to error when performing advanced surgical procedures, researchers reported on Sunday at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston.

Keeping Patients Awake During Surgery?

Anesthesiologists’ Vital Roles in All Anesthetic Procedures Think anesthesiologists only keep patients “asleep” during surgical procedures? An “awake craniotomy” performed on Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on June 2, 2008 should challenge that notion.

Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery May Allow Incisionless Operations

Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) allows for appendectomy through the mouth as well as for other procedures through natural orifices without making abdominal incisions, although laparoscopic assistance is used as a precautionary measure. This advance in minimally invasive surgery was showcased last week at the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research's (NOSCAR) […]

Increasing Global Surgery Volume Mandates Improved Safety, Availability

Surgery now occurs at a tremendous volume worldwide, resulting in a great need for public health efforts to improve the safety and availability of surgical services, according to the results of a study reported in The Lancet, published online June 25. "Little is known about the amount and availability of surgical care globally," write Thomas […]

Outcomes Similar With Resective or Drainage Procedures in Pancreatitis

Long-term follow-up of chronic pancreatitis patients who underwent the pylorus-preserving variant of the Whipple resection procedure shows that results are ultimately comparable to those achieved using the more recent Frey organ-sparing extended drainage approach, according to German researchers.

Hand Washing Policy for Medical students

By Dr. Ramaz MitaishviliOur hands are the source of many infections. To ourselves and other healthy adults, the bacteria that is carried on ourhands does not pose a problem, but to anyone whose immune system is compromised, the result can be overwhelminginfection – and sometimes death.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. […]