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A new way to cut down on surgical complications

Trial radiation oncologists in Prince Edward Island want to offer a new way to reduce the risk of complications after surgery, such as blood clots and tears, when using an artificial joint.

In a study of 27 patients in Prince Edward Island, the researchers found that shock wave therapy decreased the rate of heal-related, and associated postoperative complications by 19 per cent.

Talking about the doctors’ findings, Nathan Soler, who is the research manager of the department of surgical oncology and lead author of the study, said the team wanted to develop a system in which patients are offered a new, safer treatment option after their operation.

“At the moment, the most common treatment option is vasoactive angiography via coronary stenting,” Soler explains. “Vasoactive angiography involves putting a balloon into the heart and uses large transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices that are inserted into the bloodstream to control blood flow during focused healing.”

TMS is a non-invasive technique that is being tested in Canada to treat obstructive sleep apnea. It works by directing currents of electromagnetic pulses through the brain and body to control brain waves and helps modulate blood flow through a person’s brain and body. The episode can cause flushing, excessive sweating and a reduction in blood pressure.

The two main types of TMS are biomedical endotrodes and pressure-based artificial joints.

This also means that using a needle or microscope to guide the animal’s natural stent, the risk of developing a blood clot and other problems associated with conventional TMS and stopping or stopping toys over time could be avoided.

“Surgery related acute complications are much more likely if the patient doesn’t have a new artificial joint in their head or neck and is already in pain,” Soler says. “Now with something like electrical stimulation, that risk can be reduced.”

Soler and his colleagues from the Prince Edward Island hospitals Dragons Eye Centre and Royal Alexandra hospital in Cape Breton felt the need to do the study as a part of the Prince Edward Maritime Celebration on Oct. 7.

The idea of using electrical stimulation that monitored tissue oxygenation originated with their patients in Prince Edward Island. They got a tip from a resident who had done research into how everyday electrical stimulation can affect human neurological function. “That was the idea,” Soler says.

The 38 patients in the study were treated at Dragon Eye Centre/Royal Alexandra and received electrical stimulation through a Wynn RinkDoctors device, roughly the size of a light bulb. The device is a hydrogel, a non-invasive, non-toxic subcutaneous device that attaches to the skin behind the ear and delivers pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral tissues.

Using the electrical stimulus was pretty straightforward, so if the doctor or surgeon was familiar with the procedure, they could measure the electrical energy directed into the ear.

Soler, the director of Wynn Rink Doctors, says he will list this to surgeons on a card and patients pay with a debit card to register their participation.

Surgery cardToken is provided free of charge with the Mainland Life Line at Wynn Station, where the patients can register the operation before the procedure. The procedure takes place at 8:30 am.

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