Misc. Surgery News

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3/2/2015
Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too

Researchers find procedure leads to reduced depression and anxiety

2/27/2015
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

92 percent said it was worthwhile, with fewer seizures and higher quality-of-life

2/25/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common

2/25/2015
Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands

Devices work by sensors that get signals from patients' own muscles, scientists say

2/24/2015
Health Tip: Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Quit smoking, and lose extra weight

2/19/2015
Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Researchers call the findings 'reassuring,' but FDA warnings remain for older women

2/17/2015
Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study

More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return

2/13/2015
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain

Early trials show promise of scans to help surgeons in the OR, or to track the effect of treatments

2/12/2015
Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report Shows

Procedure becoming more common in younger adults, but hospital stays now a day shorter

2/5/2015
Less Commonly Used Obesity Surgery Tied to More Weight Loss

But study finds so-called 'duodenal switch' procedure also linked to more complications

2/4/2015
Internal Tissue Adhesive Approved

TissuGlu connects tissue flaps stemming from surgery to remove excess fat, skin from stomach

2/4/2015
Imaging Tests May Help Stem Amputations for Circulatory Disorder

Saving limbs saves lives and costs less than amputation for peripheral arterial disease, study says

2/3/2015
Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery

Knowing why readmissions happen is first step in reducing them, researcher says

2/3/2015
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study

Better use of data to implement change is needed, researchers suggest

1/30/2015
Breast Reconstruction Complications Similar for Older, Younger Women

But risk of blood clots higher with use of seniors' own tissue instead of implants

1/28/2015
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate

But shortage of donors keeps doctors from helping more patients, researchers say

1/27/2015
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

But study found overall rate was under 4 percent

1/26/2015
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

1/19/2015
Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds

More conservative treatments worked just as well to ease back and leg pain

1/14/2015
Fewer Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Getting Surgery, Report Finds

Chemotherapy is best treatment, especially for those whose cancer has spread, researcher says

1/14/2015
FDA Approves New Device to Treat Obesity

It sends electrical signals to nerves near the stomach to make a person feel full

1/14/2015
Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting

Study found a third of older patients died within two years of procedure

1/13/2015
Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds

Listening to favorite songs, even audiobooks, seemed to ease discomfort

1/13/2015
Episiotomies on the Decline for U.S. Births

But almost 12 percent of deliveries still involve the surgical procedure, study finds

1/12/2015
Skipping Surgery May Work for Some Rectal Cancer Patients: Study

Researchers found just chemo/radiation was as effective in half of those with earliest stage of disease

1/6/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery May Extend Lives, Study Finds

Results applied to older men and women, even with other health problems

12/31/2014
Stem Cell Therapy Fixes Post-Surgical Airway Abnormality

Technique could treat these abnormalities elsewhere in the body, researchers say

12/30/2014
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?

Study suggests injected drug might ease pain while maintaining mobility, but more research is needed

12/29/2014
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion

Elective procedures tend to be less costly, and safer, study shows

12/23/2014
Scans May Spot People Who'll Benefit From Surgery for OCD

MRI looks at a brain structure in patients who haven't benefited from standard treatments

12/17/2014
Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say

12/12/2014
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports

Finding could lead to reduced risks for patients

12/12/2014
Gene Test May Help Predict Return of Early Breast Tumor, Study Says

Idea is to identify women who do and don't need further treatment

12/4/2014
Exercise After Weight-Loss Surgery Yields Added Health Gains

Physical activity reduced risk factors for diabetes, study says

12/4/2014
Vitamins May Help Prevent Eye Problems After Weight-Loss Surgery, Study Finds

Vision-related complications can range from dry eye to night blindness

12/3/2014
Time Spent in the OR May Be Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows

Longer operations are associated with higher risk

12/3/2014
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests

Repairing tears in meniscus cartilage made joint trouble more likely than physical therapy did

11/24/2014
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

11/19/2014
Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy

Better breast reconstruction outcomes may be one reason behind the trend, one expert said

11/19/2014
3-D Model of Heart May Help Surgeons Fix Defects

New technology might make for better-prepared doctors, 'fewer surprises' in the OR, experts say

11/18/2014
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows

Qatar researchers found ambulance-to-angioplasty times cut dramatically with trans-satellite device

11/12/2014
Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy

Currently, 1 in 4 women who undergo lump removal require a follow-up surgery, study finds

11/12/2014
Pain, Depression Tied to Delirium Risk After Surgery for Seniors

Study found patients who had both before procedure were 21 percent more likely to become disoriented

11/10/2014
Deaths From Heart Disease Drop Quickly After Stent Procedure: Study

But experts say treatment should also focus on possible noncardiac causes of death

11/7/2014
Doctor-Implanted Balloons in Stomach May Spur Weight Loss

Obesity procedure could offer alternative to invasive surgery, experts say

11/6/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Has Low Complication Rates, Study Finds

New research suggests gastric bypass as safe as appendix or gallbladder removal

11/5/2014
Most Minor Cosmetic Procedures Safe, Study Concludes

Fillers, neurotoxin injections and lasers have low complication rates, researchers say

11/5/2014
Dulled Sense of Taste May Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Results

Study showed those who found food less flavorful after procedure lost 20 percent more weight

11/3/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows

Obese people who had gastric bypass, banding were 80 percent less likely to develop blood sugar disease

10/31/2014
Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

Transfer to another hospital delays treatment, researchers say