Surgeon Jose Barrera of the San Antonio Military Medical Center and Humble Surgical Hospital recently went on a surgical trip to Rwanda as part of the Canadian Foundation for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery's Face the Future Missions. The team performed 30 reconstructive surgeries over four days and trained local surgeons in new techniques. "Some of these deformities were extensive to the degree that the patients were really shunned by their society," Barrera said.
A new classification system can help surgeons determine the extent of high nipple-areola complex and the type of revision surgery needed. The system is based on vertical distance from the top of the breast to the nipple compared with the vertical height of the whole breast, as well as the relationship to the sterna notch and inframammary fold. The system is described in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Wright Medical's purchase of BioMimetic Therapeutics for about $190 million reportedly has been finalized. The deal also calls for BioMimetic to receive another $190 million if the FDA approves its Augment Bone Graft.
Symmetry Medical has announced the launch of its Bookwalter Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet, which allows for retraction in any position and supports multiple configurations. The surgical device was unveiled at a recent perioperative nurses conference in San Diego.
A report from Markets and Markets showed the value of the optical imaging technology market approached $916 million last year. The report projects the market could be valued at $1.9 billion by 2018. The study assessed various technologies, including hyper spectral imaging and near-infrared spectroscopy.