Misc. Surgery News

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5/27/2015
Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

5/20/2015
Chemo Before Surgery May Boost Outcomes for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Shrinking the tumor beforehand seems to raise quality of life without shortening survival, study finds

5/18/2015
Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study

Complications more likely to arise with surgical delay

5/17/2015
Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study

Although former smokers also have higher odds of trouble, quitting does help

5/16/2015
Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine for Kids Facing Surgery

Study found real psychological benefits for kids, plus lower medical bills

5/14/2015
Botox: An Rx for Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery?

Preliminary trial found the drug effective against potentially fatal atrial fibrillation

5/14/2015
Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study

Although ban was lifted on such surgeries in 2013, none has taken place, researchers say

5/14/2015
Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery

Study found not putting young patients to sleep tied to fewer breathing problems afterwards

5/13/2015
Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study

Complications, death rates roughly the same as for non-pregnant women

5/11/2015
'Wiser' Surgeries for Those With Terminal Cancers

Surgeons are focusing on life-enhancing procedures for patients, study finds

5/6/2015
Why Do More Women Than Men Have Weight-Loss Surgery?

Women may possess greater overall awareness of the risks posed by obesity, study finds

5/4/2015
Obesity Tied to Risk of Complications After Plastic Surgery

Study findings suggest these patients might need more thorough care before and after procedure

5/1/2015
Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy as Good as Full Breast Removal: Study

No differences in survival or recurrence in women who chose to keep nipple, researcher says

5/1/2015
Raplixa Approved to Control Surgical Bleeding

Spray-dried product promotes clotting when other methods are 'ineffective or impractical'

4/30/2015
Breast Reconstruction Often Involves Multiple Operations

Study finds most breast cancer patients will need two or more procedures to complete process

4/30/2015
Where You're Treated for Heart Attack Matters

Study finds survival difference of about one year between high- and low-performing hospitals

4/30/2015
Whole Blood Best for Youngest Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Exposure to fewer donors may reduce lifelong risks

4/29/2015
Better Diabetes Blood Sugar Management Leads to Fewer Eye Surgeries

Intensive therapy cut risk of needing a procedure in half, researchers report

4/29/2015
3D 'Printout' Device Keeps Very Ill Babies Breathing

Flexible implant adapts with child's growth, researchers say

4/28/2015
Ex-Baseball Star Kirk Gibson Has Parkinson's Disease

The movement disorder often leads to trembling, slowed movement, poor balance and coordination

4/24/2015
Late-Life Transition Like Bruce Jenner's Full of Challenges, Rewards, Experts Say

People with issues involving gender identity may struggle for years before taking action

4/23/2015
Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal

Better pre-surgical chemotherapy means more of the breast can safely be saved, researchers say

4/23/2015
4/20/2015
Income May Affect Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery

Study also finds education level, hospital linked to odds of death in month after operation

4/15/2015
Americans Get Too Many Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds

Costs for unnecessary blood work, urine tests and EKGs add up

4/8/2015
Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds

No difference in outcomes between use of fresher or older red cells, researchers report

4/8/2015
4/7/2015
Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Less risky treatment viable for older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

4/7/2015
Are Heart Surgery Patients Losing Too Much Blood to Tests?

Experts recommend limiting frequency of tests, using conservation measures

4/6/2015
Leg Artery Procedure May Be Overused in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

Many patients were immobile or dead a year later, but some benefited

4/3/2015
Breast Cancer Surgery Now Often Involves Fewer Lymph Nodes

2010 study led to a change in practice

4/2/2015
Music Soothes Cats During Surgery

Classical tunes seemed to relax felines the most, study says

4/1/2015
Study Supports Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer

Less-invasive procedure had survival rates similar to open surgery, with less pain and shorter hospital stays

3/30/2015
Young People At Risk of Second Injury After Knee Surgery

Study finds repeat problems common after early ACL repair

3/30/2015
Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study

Adding special procedure during operation loosened joint, reduced risk of re-tears

3/27/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

Emergency visits, hospitalizations for airway disease dropped by half after procedure, study finds

3/26/2015
In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee

People do just as well with in-home physical therapy, study finds

3/25/2015
Many May Be OK to Drive 2 Weeks After Getting New Hip: Study

Advances in surgery, rehabilitation and pain management have hastened return to normal

3/24/2015
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers

Only two-thirds return to major league play, and performance drops, study finds

3/24/2015
Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene

Disclosure that she had ovaries removed spotlights issues faced by women with BRCA mutations

3/24/2015
New Blood Pump System Approved

Maintains circulation during riskier cardiac surgery

3/24/2015
More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced

Over 10 years, rate of surgeries nearly doubled for those ages 45 to 64

3/19/2015
Live Liver Transplants Seem Safe, Effective for Sudden Liver Failure

And live donors do well after the procedure, study reports

3/19/2015
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits

3/16/2015
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds

They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit

3/16/2015
Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

Researchers also report that procedure appears to increase the risk for stroke

3/13/2015
Recovery From Bunion Surgery Faster Than in Past

Experts note full recovery generally takes six weeks or less

3/12/2015
Some Injured Kidneys May Be OK for Transplant, Study Finds

For reasons that are unclear, certain organs even performed better 6 months after transplant

3/10/2015
Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement

Transcatheter procedure was designed for patients too frail for open heart surgery

3/10/2015
Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study

British research found healing was just as efficient -- and safer -- when arm was immobilized in sling