The world’s first whole-eye and partial-face transplant used DePuy Synthes tech

Surgeons used pre-surgical planning software to develop transplant guides for the donor (left) and recipient (right). [Image courtesy of NYU Lagone Health]

Surgeons used DePuy Synthes technology for the world’s first whole-eye and partial-face transplant.

The 21-hour procedure was performed by a 16-person surgical team and 80-person operating room team on Aaron James, a military vet who lost his left eye and much of his face in a high-voltage power accident while working as a utility lineman.

Led by NYU Langone Health’s Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, the team gave James a donor’s eye and part of their face, including the orbital bones, surrounding eye tissues and the optical nerve, left upper and lower eyelids, left eyebrow, nose, upper and lower lips, and underlying skull, cheek, nasal and chin bone segments, including muscles, blood vessels and nerves.

James spent 17 days in the intens…

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Four gastroenterology device innovations doctors need now

Dr. Aasma Shaukat [Photo courtesy of NYU Langone Health]

Gastroenterology is a field ripe for medical device innovation, and medtech developers know that some of the best ideas come from practicing doctors.

With that in mind, Medical Design & Outsourcing spoke with two gastroenterologists to better understand what device innovations would help them better diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases.

Dr. Aasma Shaukat is the director of outcomes research at NYU Langone Health’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She’s also the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Robert M. and Mary H. Glickman professor of medicine and a professor of population health.

Dr. Bara El Kurdi [Photo courtesy of Dr. Bara El Kurdi]

Dr. Bara El Kurdi is a gastroenterology fellow at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio…
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