Minimizing blood vessel blockage
All cardiac procedures carry a risk of stroke because plaque or calcium buildup can break off in small pieces, ﬂoat up into the brain, and block narrow blood vessels. A highly specialized tool called an embolic protection device is currently used to prevent some of the released debris from reaching the brain.
Yale Medicine Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Benefit Patients
Some Yale Medicine surgeons now routinely use 3D printing (essentially producing a solid, three-dimensional object from a virtual digital model) to plan surgeries, design tools specific to an upcoming surgery and that particular patient’s anatomy, and even to print some of the parts used to replace defective ones in the body.
Professor of Surgery Receives Greece's Highest Academic Honor
John Elefteriades, MD, the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) and director of the Aortic Institute, has been inducted into the highly select Athens Academy, which draws its inspiration from Plato’s Academy and represents the highest academic honor bestowed by Greece for accomplishment in any scholarly discipline.
Dr. Mulligan Elected President of OPTN/UNOS
Dr. David Mulligan, Chief of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, has been elected Vice President, President-Elect of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) Board of Directors. The OPTN/UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant network under federal contract.
Minimally invasive surgery effective for early-stage lung cancer
Survival rates among patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer who underwent video-assisted thoracic surgery appeared similar to those of patients who underwent traditional thoracotomy, according to results of a retrospective cohort noninferiority study. “Our study suggests that the minimally invasive approach is just as effective as the traditional approaches through a bigger incision,” Daniel J. Boffa, MD, associate professor of thoracic surgery at Yale School of Medicine, told HemOnc Today. “Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used in patients with early-stage lung cancer without compromising the potential for surgery to cure the patient.”
A new hope for surgical epilepsy patients: a new technique increases the chance of complete seizure freedom and may spare the patients, risks and invasive procedures
Recording of seizures during routine MEG in some surgical candidates can help precisely identify affected areas of the brain and, in a few cases, even negate the need to conduct invasive intracranial EEG evaluations prior to surgery, the authors say. Lead author of the study published June 11 in the journal JAMA Neurology is Dr. Rafeed Alkawadri, Director of Yale Human Brain Mapping Program. Dr. Andreas Alexopoulos of the Cleveland Clinic is senior author of the paper.