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FDA Endorses New Criteria for Lap Band

The United States Food and Drug Administration recently lowered the prerequisite body mass index from 35 to 30 (in patients with a comorbity) for use of Allergan’s Lap-Band ® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.  An article in Bariatric Times, authored by …

Reduction in MRSA at VA

A sixty-two percent drop in MRSA ICU infections was seen over a 32-month period at 153 VA hospitals participating in a study published in NEJM.  (The New York Times reports on the study.)  MRSA infection rates also dropped in other …

Single-Port Surgery: Standard Instruments May Do the Trick

Paul Curcillo, MD, and other pioneers of the single-port technique comment in this piece from General Surgery News.
Synopsis —
Innovator Curcillo, at Drexell University in Philladephia, was approached by device companies four years ago for collaboration in instrument design for single-incision procedures.  …

Painless Inguinal Hernia: Better To Operate Than Watch and Wait

Randomized clinical trial published in British Journal of Surgery notes frequent progression to pain. Article in General Surgery News.