Posts Tagged ‘SURGERY’


In HEALTH AND WELLNESS on November 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm


With the globalization of the Medical profession, and the advancements made abroad, medical tourism is becoming more common and accepted. “Various studies using different criteria have estimated that anywhere between 60,000 to 750,000 U.S. residents travel abroad for health care each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

NEW YORK | Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:22am EST

NEW YORK(Reuters) – Looking for an affordable face lift without breaking the bank? Want to combine a tummy tuck with two weeks in the sun? You’re not alone. Nearly a third of people surveyed around the world say they are open to the idea of medical tourism – traveling abroad to enjoy cheaper medical or dental treatment, according to a new Ipsos poll of 18,731 adults in 24 countries. Indeed, 18 percent said they would definitely consider it. “The concept of medical tourism is well accepted in many countries,” said Nicolas Boyon, senior vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs.

“With the exception of Japan there are at least one-third of consumers in every country we covered that are open to the idea,” he said in an interview.

Whether for economic reasons or perceptions of superior treatment elsewhere, for treatments ranging from cosmetic to life-saving surgeries, Indians, Indonesians, Russians, Mexicans and Poles were the most open to the idea of being medically mobile. Thirty-one percent or more people in each of those countries said they would definitely consider traveling for a medical or dental treatment.

Conversely, people in Japan, South Korea, Spain and Sweden were least likely to be medical tourists. Boyon said it was not surprising that men and women from emerging nations would be medically mobile if the treatments were cheaper. “This probably reflects perceptions of medical care in other countries that is superior to what is available at home,” he said. But he was intrigued by the percentage of people in developed nations such as Italy, where 66 percent said they would definitely or probably consider medical tourism, along with Germany (48 percent), Canada (41 percent) and the United States, where 38 percent of people were open to the idea.

“It is a reflection that the medical profession is no longer protected from globalization,” Boyon said.


Although medical tourism spans a range of treatments, the most common are dental care, cosmetic surgery, elective surgery and fertility treatment, according to a OECD report.

“The medical tourist industry is dynamic and volatile and a range of factors including the economic climate, domestic policy changes, political instability, travel restrictions, advertising practices, geo-political shifts, and innovative and pioneering forms of treatment may all contribute towards shifts in patterns of consumption and production of domestic and overseas health services,” the report said.

Various studies using different criteria have estimated that anywhere between 60,000 to 750,000 U.S. residents travel abroad for health care each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Along with variations among countries, the Ipsos survey showed that younger adults under 35 years of age were more likely in most countries to consider medical tourism, than people 50 to 64 years old. In India, 86 percent of young adults said they would consider medical tourism, along with 77 percent in China, and 71 percent in Italy.

Boyon suggested that the cost of travel, proximity, borders and quality of care may also be factors considered by potential medical tourists. In both Italy and Germany, about 20 percent of adults said they would definitely consider medical tourism. Both countries are near Hungary, a popular destination for health treatments. Ipsos conducted the poll in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

“Ipsos” is a global independent market research company ranking third worldwide among research firms.




In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Peyton Manning receives stem cell therapy in an effort to avoid another surgery on his neck, but the procedure isn't effective, and the Colts QB requires his third neck surgery in 19 months.Peyton Manning tries to avoi a third surgery on his neck by traveling to Europe for stem cell treatment, according to a report on Fox's NFL pregame show.

Report: Peyton Manning underwent stem-cell procedure for neck surgery

Peyton Manning underwent a stem-cell procedure before having neck surgery recently, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported today.

The treatment is not used in the United States and Manning sought a number of consultations and therapies before undergoing anterior fusion surgery Sept. 8. Manning, 35, has had three procedures on his neck in 19 months, but the Colts continue to hope he’ll be available this season. He remains on the active list and reportedly made his first appearance at the Colts’ facility Friday and Saturday.

According to ESPN, Manning received therapy and watched part of practice Friday.

Report: Peyton Manning underwent stem-cell procedure in Europe before having neck surgery – The Early Lead – The Washington Post.


Stem cell transplant could revolutionise operations: surgeon – Telegraph

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on August 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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Stem cell transplant could revolutionise operations: surgeon

Surgeons hope the groundbreaking surgery carried out on Ciaran Finn-Lynch will lead to a revolution in regenerative medicine.

It marked a huge step forward from pioneering surgery in Spain two years ago on 30-year-old mother-of-two Claudia Castillo, the first person to receive a transplant organ created from stem cells.

Ms Castillo was given a section of tracheal airway rebuilt from stem cells, although doctors grew the new tissue outside her body in a special “bioreactor” and then transplanted it into her body.

In Ciaran’s case, his own body was used as a “living bioreactor”.

Prof Martin Birchall, Professor of Laryngology from University College London, said: “For decades surgeons have been trying to get a satisfactory solution to the problem of adults and children whose windpipes are destroyed by disease or problems at birth.”

He said there were plenty of conventional methods to help, including the use of metal splints, or stents, but surgeons and scientists had been trying to find a more natural solution.

“This is a completely new approach,” he said. “This is the first time this has ever been done in a child.

“We did a similar operation to a young woman in Spain in 2008. She is now working full-time, looking after her children and doing very well.

“This is very different and we can’t predict exactly what is going to happen but we can say things have gone better than we expected.

“It’s certainly not been an easy road and we’re not at the end of it yet but it has gone better than we hoped it would.

“It’s giving him a better airway than he has ever had before. He is left with a healthy organ made with his own stem cells which in a way is a kind of miracle.”

Prof Martin Elliott, of Great Ormond Street Hospital, said the transplant team was “delighted” Ciaran could now go home.

“He is a wonderful boy who has become a great friend to us all, and he and his infinitely patient family have charmed us all,” he said.

“Ciaran has become our local iPad expert and we will miss his advice.

“His recovery has been complicated, as one might expect for a new procedure, and we have kept him under close surveillance, hence the length of time he has been here.

“It is wonderful to see him active, smiling and breathing normally. We are very proud of him.”

He said Ciaran would need regular follow-ups to check on his progress and to learn what to expect for the next patient who may need the innovative therapy.

“The treatment offers hope to many whose major airways were previously considered untreatable or irreplaceable,” Prof Elliott added.

“We will continue to work with our colleagues in regenerative medicine throughout the world to ensure we can continue to improve both the science and treatment options.”

via Stem cell transplant could revolutionise operations: surgeon – Telegraph.

Leftover Veins From Heart Surgery Yield Stem Cells | TopNews Arab Emirates

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Scientists believe they have found a source of master cells for treating future heart problems, from human veins left over from lifesaving bypass surgery.

The journal Circulation reports a University of Bristol research team extracted stem cells from the veins and successfully used them to stimulate new blood vessel growth in mice…

Their latest discovery has been to use a waste product from thousands of heart operations carried out each year. Often, patients with heart disease have blocked or narrowed arteries that supply the heart muscle. Lack of blood leaves the muscle damaged, which can cause chest pain or even a heart attack….

via Leftover Veins From Heart Surgery Yield Stem Cells | TopNews Arab Emirates.


In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

This is not the first, not by a long shot…but I’m glad to see the US is starting to catch on that adult/repair stem cells have amazing therapuetic capabilities…even if they are only going to use them for cosmetic surgery and ignore the millions dying each year around the world of what the world and studies and trials have determined can be safely and effectively treated with stem cells….designating hundreds of diseases classified as no-option or incurable or untreatable as “stem cell TREATABLE diseases” …

…the same diseases that are also classified as stem cell UNTREATABLE in the US. 

SIgh….it’s a start, it’s a start, it’s a start…. dg

First Regenerative Cell Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed Through Stem Cell Assurance Physician Network

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Press Release Source: Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. On Wednesday January 20, 2010, 9:30 am EST

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SCLZ) announced today that an MD., F.A.C.S. has performed the first regenerative cell breast augmentation through its nationwide physician network.  The procedure was performed in the practice’s onsite accredited ambulatory surgical facility.  

The patient treated underwent regenerative cell breast augmentation on Monday with the goal of an approximate one cup size increase in each breast.  Fat was taken from her hips and thighs by tumescent liposuction and processed to extract naturally-occurring regenerative cells.  Commenting after the surgery, the doctor stated, “Today is a defining moment in breast augmentation surgery.  The offering of this pioneering procedure through a collaborative national physician network is an important milestone that marks major improvement on current technology and the way in which it is delivered to the patient.”

US Medical System is Leading Cause of Death

In ALL ARTICLES on October 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

reapers_curse_poster“…the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US.”

Death by Medicine

By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD

…researchers meticulously reviewed the statistical evidence and their findings are absolutely shocking. These researchers have authored a paper titled “Death by Medicine” that presents compelling evidence that today’s system frequently causes more harm than good.

  • This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year.
  • The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year.
  • The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year.
  • The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.
  • The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year.

It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US.

(By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)

Gallbladder removed through vagina

In ALL ARTICLES on September 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

While Dr Oz is trying to save lives without using his scalpel – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/dr-oz-wants-to-save-lives-without-using-scalpel/ other surgeons are trying to make removing organs a wHOLE lot easier…so tell me…

Would you rather have your life saved using


Or would you rather have your life saved by having your

appendix pulled out through your mouth

or your

gallbladder removed through your vagina?

Body has Holes; Can Surgeons Use Them?

Omaha World-Herald February 13, 2009 http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1219&u_sid=10562747

An appendix pulled out through the mouth. A gallbladder removed through the vagina. It almost sounds bizarre. But surgeons at a handful of medical centers across the country are performing these experimental procedures. This type of surgery, which involves removing organs through natural body openings, could be available locally if a Nebraska Medical Center surgeon succeeds in making a device to improve the procedure…

Dr. Nathaniel Soper, chairman of the surgery department at NORTHWESTERN University, said no major complications have been reported in the United States from the surgery. He has performed it himself and said a study beginning within the next year will compare it with laparoscopic surgery to assess risks and benefits…


STEM CELLS & Scotland | Stem cell eye surgery to be tried

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm


The procedure will transplant cells onto the cornea

A new surgical treatment offering hope to patients with corneal blindness is to be trialled in Scotland.

Doctors in Edinburgh and Glasgow will work together using an innovative technique involving adult stem cells.

About 20 patients will take part in the initial tests, using cells cultivated before being transplanted onto the surface of the cornea.

Millions of people worldwide suffer from corneal blindness, 80% of whom are elderly.

Stem cells are a source of great scientific interest as a result of their ability to renew and multiply indefinitely, potentially regenerating entire organs from only a few cells.

On a larger scale, it’s a significant problem

Prof Bal Dhillon

Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion

Unlike the more controversial embryonic stem cell research, the technique takes stem cells from dead adult donors.

The trial is being led by Prof Bal Dhillon at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh, working with the Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow.

Prof Dhillon said: “This study is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and it is exciting to be involved in such groundbreaking work.

“I probably see two or three new cases of corneal disease every month. On a larger scale, it’s a significant problem.”

The trial will hope to emulate the success of a similar study in the US in September last year.

In trials at the University of Pennsylvania, subjects with inherited blindness experienced dramatic improvements in vision after a corrective gene was injected into the eye.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Stem cell eye surgery to be tried.

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