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1.

Savi Scout Targets Breast Tumors

New technology is making breast surgeries easier on the patients and the doctors.
Online
2019; 2016
2.

Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy

A new system just approved by the FDA is providing surgeons with more precision than ever before, especially during delicate gynecologic procedures like hysterectomies.
Online
2019; 2016
3.

Newest Lumbar Disc Replacement

For the first time in ten years, there's a new option for people with chronic back pain. Patients who have had the procedure say the results are life-changing.
Online
2019; 2016
4.

Battling Brain Cancer With Lasers

Glioblastomas are aggressive, tough-to-treat brain cancers, but high-tech surgery may be a new tool to battle these tumors.
Online
2019; 2016
5.

Fix Acid Reflux for Good

As many as 20 percent of all Americans live with a chronic condition known as GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, which can lead to esophageal cancer over time. Over-the-counter medications may give temporary relief from symptoms, but a unique procedure may stop the reflux for good.
Online
2019; 2016
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Live Liver Donation

Every year, 20-25% of people on the liver transplant waiting list die. Now, a solution is providing, for some, the only life-saving option.
Online
2019; 2016
7.

Fixing Lazy Eye: It’s Not Too Late for Adults

A lazy eye can cause physical, as well as emotional havoc. A life-changing procedure now promises to bring relief.
Online
2019; 2016
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Fixing Chest Deformities

It’s a condition that causes the chest to bow outward or sink in, and it can cause serious health complications. One in 500 kids is born with pectus, or chest wall deformities. When corrective braces don’t work, there is a surgical solution.
Online
2019; 2016
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Robotic Snake Treats Head and Neck Tumors

A revolutionary new robotic device means more options for patients with head and neck tumors.
Online
2019; 2016
10.

Saving Knees With Allograft

Patients under the age of 40 usually aren’t considered good candidates for knee replacement, because they would need too many revision operations. Now, there’s a simple surgery that’s saving knees in younger patients.
Online
2019; 2016
11.

Same-Day Hip Surgery?

About 332,000 Americans have hip replacements every year. A new approach to hip replacement can mean same-day surgery for some patients.
Online
2019; 2016
12.

No Sweat Surgery: Micro ETS

Excessive sweating creates many challenges for those who live with it every day. The only real cure is surgery, but an innovative surgical technique is cutting down on hyperhidrosis.
Online
2019; 2016
13.

Ideal: New Breast Implants

A new development in breast implants is combining safety and comfort.
Online
2019; 2016
14.

BWS: Life-Changing Treatment

Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) is a genetic condition that causes excessive growth. It’s linked to birth defects and even cancer. Thanks to innovative surgical procedures, children born with BWS can now live normal lives.
Online
2019; 2016
15.

Diaphragm Paralysis Hits Two Friends

It’s often misdiagnosed, and can restrict breathing and reduce lung capacity to that of someone 30 years older. Now, a new procedure is treating a debilitating condition called diaphragm paralysis.
Online
2019; 2016
16.

Pioneering Treatment for Scoliosis

A cutting edge technique in scoliosis surgery is removing every visible trace of deformity.
Online
2019; 2016
17.

Customize New Knees

More than 700,000 people have knee replacement surgery every year. Now, a new two-pronged approach is helping patients get back on their feet faster than ever before.
Online
2019; 2016
18.

New Technology Unclogs Leg Arteries

It’s a condition that keeps patients from enjoying everyday activities. New technology is now providing relief for patients with clogged leg arteries.
Online
2019; 2016
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Custom Stents Help People Breathe

Patients with serious breathing disorders sometimes need stents to keep their airways open. These devices are typically made with a one-size-fits-all approach, but now customized stents are helping some people breathe more easily.
Online
2019; 2016
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Artificial Heart Transplant

More than 3,000 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day. Only 2,200 donor hearts are available each year. Now, there’s technology that can keep a gravely ill cardiac patient alive long enough to wait for a heart transplant.
Online
2019; 2016