Surgery

2018/03/01MEDICAL UPDATE

ECCO 2018: Evolving concepts of IBD pathogenesis

By Maria Dalby (articles) and Peter Mas Mollinedo (interviews) Perianal fistula is a debilitating complication in CD which affects up to 50% of patients in the course of their disease...

READ MORE

2017/10/30MEDICAL UPDATE

ESCP 2017: Innovation in fistula management: sections and high-precision removal of the fistula epithelium 

by Maria Dalby Effective treatment options for perianal fistulas constitute a major unmet need in Crohn’sdisease (CD). New interventions included a knot-free silicon drain to replace conventional setons, and a circular blade that allows high-precision removal of the fistula epithelium prior to reparative surgery.

READ MORE

2017/10/11MEDICAL UPDATE

ESCP 2017: Multidisciplinary decision-making for colectomy: the difficult patient 

By Maria Dalby (article) and Peter Mas Mollinedo (interviews) The decision to perform a colectomy in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) should not be made lightly. Such a decision should always be made within a multi-disciplinary team setting, and surgery should be considered not only for patients who are refractory to medical therapy or who need surgery, but also for…

READ MORE

2017/10/03MEDICAL UPDATE

ESCP 2017: Innovations in fistula management: stem cell therapy

By Maria Dalby (article) and Peter Mas Mollinedo (interviews) In an overview of the immunological rationale for, and clinical application of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapies, Dr Nick Powell  predicted that clinicians treating patients with perianal CD are going to be early uptakers of these therapies as they transition into clinical practice.

READ MORE

2016/06/17MEDICAL UPDATE

Bariatric surgery significantly improves measures of pain

by Bruce Sylvester: During three years following bariatric surgery, a majority of patients achieved improvement in pain, physical function, and walk time, researchers reported on April 5 2016 in JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association.

READ MORE

2013/05/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Antibiotic Rx for acute rhinosinusitis

Antibiotics for acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) are prescribed frequently - especially for younger adult patients and in primary care settings - despite recent consensus guidelines that discourage antibiotic use in mild cases, according to a study in the May 2013 issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

READ MORE

2013/05/14MEDICAL UPDATE

Weight loss surgery safe and effective for an expanded group of patients

The LAP-BAND® weight loss procedure is safe and effective in an expanded group of patients, not just in people who are morbidly obese. This conclusion is reported in a new study published in the scientific journal Obesity.

READ MORE

2013/01/24MEDICAL UPDATE

Controlling spine metastases with tumour ‘separation surgery’ and high-dose stereotactic radiosurgery

Safe and effective - Researchers have found that tumour "separation surgery" followed by high-dose hypofractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or high-dose single-fraction SRS is safe and effective in controlling spinal metastases regardless of the radiosensitivity of the particular tumour type that has invaded the spine.

READ MORE

2012/03/16MEDICAL UPDATE

‘Walking skills’ programme boosts hip replacement recovery

World Health Matters - Norway - by Gary Finnegan - Researchers in Norway have shown that physical therapy can have a significant impact on recovery times for patients who have had hip replacement surgery.

READ MORE

2012/03/16MEDICAL UPDATE

Tighter regulation promised after breast implant scandal

EMA Highlights by Gary Finnegan - The new head of the European Medicines Agency, Guido Rasi, has promised to strengthen European rules governing medical devices in the wake of the scandal over sub-standard silicone breast implants.

READ MORE