Lombard Medical has secured FDA approval for Aorflex, its next-generation device used to deliver the company's Aorfix stent graft for treating patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. The newly approved device comes with an advanced coating to ease stent delivery and minimize damage to vessel walls.
Social media and EHRs are credited with helping physician-owned practices hold down operating expenses. Costs rose an average of 1.3% from 2010 to 2011, according to an MGMA-ACMPE report. Many practices have shifted advertising and promotion away from print and broadcast to online ads and social media, consultants say.
Combining mastopexy and breast enhancement in a single operation is as safe as performing the procedures separately, a retrospective review found. The combined procedure is less expensive but is more technically complex, according to researchers. The single-center study was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
A Memphis, Tenn., woman was arrested and indicted on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the case of a Georgia woman who died after receiving an injection of a silicone-like material in March to enhance her buttocks.
The FDA has cleared Medical Modeling to market its virtual surgical planning systems for use in maxillofacial and oral surgery. The portfolio includes VSP Orthognathics, which allows CAD/CAM surgical splints and virtual surgical planning to be applied to the orthognathic procedure site, and VSP Reconstruction, which involves the use of vascularized grafts to repair the mandible or maxilla.