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2012-03-30 10:22:17

KIRKLAND, Wash., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Evergreen Hospital - one of the region's leaders in minimally invasive surgery - performed the first robot-assisted single-incision gallbladder removal in the Washington and Oregon region on March 21 in a procedure just approved by the FDA. Evergreen's Dr. Michael Towbin removed the gallbladders from two patients - a 66-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman - making a small, single incision in the patients' belly buttons using the da Vinci...

2012-03-08 19:15:00

A surgical team at Beaumont Hospital, Troy performed Michigan´s first single-incision, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Troy, Mich. (PRWEB) March 08, 2012 Scarless, Belly Button Gallbladder Surgery Is New Type of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy A surgical team at Beaumont Hospital, Troy performed Michigan´s first single-incision, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) on Wednesday,...

2012-01-18 13:16:32

For more than 100 years, the traditional treatment for the painful growths called gallstones has been removal of the gallbladder, or cholecystectomy. But a new device, patented in China, promises to make removing the entire organ unnecessary. A group of scientists from the Second People's Hospital of Panyu District and Central South University in China have developed an endoscope specially designed for locating and clearing out gallstones and other gallbladder lesions. The authors describe...

2011-11-09 06:00:00

PARIS, November 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Now available for endoscopic dilation of the Sphincter of Oddi following sphincterotomy Boston Scientific Corporation's (NYSE: BSX) CRE(TM) Wireguided Balloon Dilator is now CE marked for endoscopic dilation of the Sphincter of Oddi following sphincterotomy. The new indication, which supplements the product's current indication for use in the alimentary (digestive) tract, lets physicians perform Dilation Assisted Stone Extraction...

2011-07-07 19:08:09

Mice without cortisol receptor lose weight and suffer from gallstones Nature sees to it that we do not have "too much choler" (bile) in our body. A delicately equilibrated regulation system ensures that there is always exactly the right amount of bile in the gallbladder. When we are hungry, our body releases a hormone called cortisol, which is a glucocorticoid. Hepatic cells receive this hormone signal through their cortisol receptors (glucocorticoid receptors) and respond by filling the...

2011-05-09 13:51:46

Health outcomes explored at DDW 2011 Research being presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) offers further evidence that diet affects gastrointestinal illnesses, such as gallstones and celiac disease, and that some patients who think their digestive problems are caused by lactose intolerance are actually reacting to a psychological disorder. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and...

2010-07-07 14:49:43

The cause of higher incidence of gallstone after radical gastrectomy still remains unknown. Almost all previous studies have attributed gallstone formation to gallbladder motility disorder after gastrectomy, But this theory cannot completely explain it. Is there any other risk factor of gallstone formation after gastrectomy? A research article to be published on May 28, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The research team led by Professor Niu from Zhongshan...

2010-06-02 20:20:50

New research findings in Journal of the American College of Surgeons show patients not treated during initial hospitalization required re-admission within 2 years New research findings published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicate that delaying cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, in elderly patients with sudden inflammation of the organ often results in increased costs, morbidity and mortality. Gallstone disease is the most costly...

2010-02-22 16:33:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio "“ A new study suggests that the bacteria that cause typhoid fever collect in tiny but persistent communities on gallstones, making the infection particularly hard to fight in so-called "carriers" "“ people who have the disease but show no symptoms. Humans who harbor these bacterial communities in their gallbladders, even without symptoms, are able to infect others with active typhoid fever, especially in developing areas of the world with poor sanitation. The...

2010-02-05 12:57:27

LA BioMed study finds operations can be safely performed within 48 hours of admission Patients with mild gallstone pancreatitis usually stay in the hospital for several days, waiting for the symptoms to subside, before undergoing surgery to remedy the condition. A new study from researchers at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) indicates patients may no longer have to wait so long for surgery and could leave the hospital sooner. The study, slated for publication in the...