Leadless cardiac pacemaker implantation for bradyarrhythmias: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG626] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on leadless cardiac pacemaker implantation for bradyarrhythmias in adults. This involves inserting a device into the heart that helps it beat at a normal rate. Evidence on the safety of leadless cardiac pacemaker implantation for bradyarrhythmias shows that

Superior rectal artery embolisation for haemorrhoids: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG627] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on superior rectal artery embolisation for haemorrhoids in adults. This involves blocking the blood vessels supplying the haemorrhoids with tiny plastic particles or metal coils. Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of superior rectal artery embolisation for

Patterns of Benign Gynaecology Care in English NHS Hospital Trusts 2015/16 – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report into benign gynaecological care, The report identifies a number of national indicators to provide an overview of benign gynaecological care in England. This includes inpatient care, emergency readmission and longer-term surgical outcomes.  It

Sutureless aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG624] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on sutureless aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis in adults. This involves removing the narrowed aortic valve and replacing it with an artificial valve that holds itself in place. This guidance replaces NICE interventional procedures guidance on sutureless

National Ophthalmology Database Audit: Year 3 Annual Report – The Second Prospective Report of the National Ophthalmology Database Audit – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) cataract audit to report on all NHS funded cataract surgery in England and Wales. Included in this second prospective report are operations undertaken between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017. For comparisons with results from the first year of

Transaxial interbody lumbosacral fusion for severe chronic low back pain: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG620] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on transaxial interbody lumbosacral fusion for low back pain in adults. This involves removing a damaged disc through a small cut at the base of the spine, and replacing it with an artificial implant. This guidance replaces NICE interventional

Superior capsular augmentation for massive rotator cuff tears: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG619] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on superior capsular augmentation for massive rotator cuff tears in adults. This involves using a graft to stabilise the shoulder joint, reduce pain and improve shoulder function.

Organ Donation and Transplantation data for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities: Report for 2017/2018 (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2018) – NHS Blood and Transplant

This report provides information related to organ donation and transplantation within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK. It is published as a supplementary report of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2017/18. This report defines BAME as

A Dangerous Waiting Game? A Review Of Patient Access To Inguinal Hernia Surgery In England – Royal College of Surgeons and British Hernia Society

Royal College of Surgeons and British Hernia Society report that finds 57% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are denying patients quick access to to groin (inguinal) hernia operations. The only curative treatment for patients with a groin hernia is surgery,

Laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for internal rectal prolapse: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG618] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for internal rectal prolapse in adults. This involves using a piece of sterile material (mesh) to attach the rectum to the lower back bone using keyhole surgery. Current evidence on the safety of

Rebuilding my body: Breast reconstruction in England – Breast Cancer Now

Research from Breast Cancer Now into the availability of breast reconstruction surgery, that finds some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are restricting access to this surgery. Since 2012, 22.6% of CCGs have introduced official policies restricting breast reconstruction surgery while a further 4.3% have policies that are either informal

Auditory brainstem implant service specification – NHS England

This service specification covers the provision of auditory brainstem implant services for children with congenital abnormalities of the auditory nerves or cochleae.

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ 6th National Audit Project – Royal College of Anaesthetists

Perioperative Anaphylaxis is the largest ever prospective study of anaphylaxis related to anaesthesia and surgery.  The Audit makes 134 recommendations in the areas of: Immediate management and departmental organisation A patient’s experience of perioperative anaphylaxis Deaths, cardiac arrest, profound hypotension

Clinical Commissioning Policy: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (all ages) – NHS England

This policy document outlines the arrangements for funding of this treatment for the population in England.  Concludes that there is enough evidence to consider making the treatment available.

Barriers To Uptake Of Minimal Access Surgery In The United Kingdom – Office of Health Economics

The utilisation of minimal access techniques is highly variable across the United Kingdom (UK), and low for many procedures (for example in England less than a quarter of hysterectomies are performed using MAS). This is despite there being a growing

Clinical Commissioning Policy: Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy for pituitary adenomas (RC) – NHS England

This policy document outlines the arrangements for funding of Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy for the population in England.

Cardiothoracic Surgery: GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report – GIRFT Programme

Report that finds that changes to the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered in England will bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from conditions such as blocked arteries, lung cancer, and heart valve disease. It recommends: more efficient