UCSF Develops First of Its Kind Robotic Surgery Trial in Partnership with FDA

UCSF Health is recruiting patients for the only FDA-approved study of the use of single port robotic technology for colorectal surgery in the United States. UC San Francisco clinical investigators Ankit Sarin, MD, FACS, and Hueylan Chern, MD, initiated the study which will evaluate whether single port robot technology is more advantageous than the current multi-port technology used in colorectal surgery.

New commentary paper highlights costs of defects in surgical care and calls for elimination of defects in value

A commentary, published in the Nov. 3 issue of the journal NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery, highlights how defects in surgical care could be diminished or eliminated for the benefit of patients and to lower costs in American health care spending.
Using colorectal surgery to provide examples and national estimates of the costs of defects in surgical care, the paper summarizes a holistic approach to eliminating defects in surgical care and offers a framework for centers of excellence for removing them. The paper estimates that defects in colorectal surgery cost the American health care system more than $12 billion. The authors discuss eight areas (or domains) of defects that waste money and/or contribute to lower value in care for colorectal surgery patients.

Pelvic Floor Experts Issue New Recommendations for Magnetic Resonance Defecography

The recommendations were developed by the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium, a multidisciplinary organization representing the wide range of professionals involved in diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The new recommendations are now available on the DC&R website and appear in the journal’s October issue. Liliana Bordeianou, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital Pelvic Floor Disorders Center and Harvard Medical School was senior author of the consensus statement.