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Infection-resistant fistula plug debuts

Cook Medical has announced a less invasive treatment than traditional surgery for repair of recto-vaginal fistulas, the Surgisis Biodesign Recto-Vaginal Fistula Plug. Once the plug is in place, it signals surrounding tissue in the patient's body to grow across the plug, which allows the fistula tract to close, says the Spencer, IN., company. That action is said to promote healing by attracting cells and nutrients to the wound. The plug repairs the fistula without using permanent material, so it's undetectable once healing is complete. Traditional repair includes surgery, fibrin glue to plug the tract, and a synthetic graft (which may increase risk of infection, tissue erosion, and scar tissue). In contrast, says Cook, the plug resists infection, encapsulation, and erosion into surrounding tissue areas. For more information, visit

More user-friendly knee crutches for procedure chairs, tables

The updated line of knee crutches works with the following products: Midmark 630, Midmark 622/623, Midmark 604, Ritter 230, Ritter 222/223, and Ritter 204, according to the Versailles, OH., company. The company offers two types of knee crutches to support patients' legs: articulating knee crutches use a ball-socket design, which allows a maximum range of adjustment for better knee and leg support. Standard knee crutches, a simpler design, swivel to adjust for knee and leg support. For more information, call Midmark Medical customer service at 1-800-643-6275 or visit the company's Web site at

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