21 October 2019
A scan instead of sentinel lymph node surgery
In 2019, making a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, seems more logical than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the...
21 March 2019
Helping surgeons and pathologists with the iKnife
When removing a tumour, it's not always easy for a surgeon to decide whether all of the cancer cells have been taken out. Obviously, removing too much healthy tissue is not desirable either and sparing organ tissue is of paramount importance. The 'intelligent knife', or iKnife, can...
11 March 2019
Special plasters can reduce pressure ulcers
Special plasters can prevent pressure ulcers by reducing the damaging effect of what are called shear forces. This has been shown in a study at Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+), led by the surgeon Prof. Nicole Bouvy. Luuk de Wert recently gained his PhD with this research....
6 March 2019
Future-proof paediatric surgery for the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion
To maintain expertise in paediatric surgery in the region, the paediatric surgeons of the academic medical centres of Aachen, Liège and Maastricht are engaging in close cooperation. The ultimate aim is to create a single, cross-border paediatric surgery centre in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion....
30 October 2018
Innovative plastic surgical interventions improve quality of life following breast reconstruction
Microsurgical interventions in respect of two common side effects following treatment for breast cancer make a major contribution to improving quality of life. The treatments in question relate to lymphedema by creating a connection between lymphatic and blood vessels (lymphovenous anastomosis) and...
4 September 2015
Chirurgen en fysici werken samen aan oncologie-OK van de toekomst
Dankzij een unieke samenwerking tussen chirurgen en het nieuwe imaging instituut M4I van de UM wordt in Maastricht gewerkt aan de 'oncologische operatiezaal van de toekomst'. Nieuwe beeldvormingstechnieken, die inzicht geven in de metabole karakteristieken van tumoren, maken het mogelijk...