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Published: January 15, 2018

  • Sizing up ASC market In 2016, revenues for ambulatory surgery center services reached $26 billion, according to the 2017 Ambulatory Surgery Center Market Report, which also says that 57% of the 6,150 ASCs are independent/physician-owned, 21% are hospital owned/nonprofit and 22% are corporate/for-profit. The report also says that ASCs are expected to treat 60% of outpatient surgical cases by 2020.
  • Did infertility specialist make patient infertile? A woman has sued an infertility specialist, claiming the Gore-Tex plastic barrier he placed inside of her during surgery to remove uterine fibroids in 2007 worked like an IUD and has made it impossible for her to get pregnant. Mehmet Tamer Yalcinkaya, MD, a former doctor at Wake Forest (N.C.) Baptist Medical Center, is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from former patient Kimberly Bryant, saying that his patient has a condition that causes severe scar tissue.
  • Obese patients likely to become dependent after joint surgery Obese patients who get joint surgery for arthritis are more likely to struggle with such day-to-day tasks as getting out of bed or bathing following surgery, according to a study published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. Researchers found that these patients have a 35% higher risk of dependence following joint surgery in one or more activities of daily living after surgery.
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