Misc. Surgery News

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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
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

3/5/2015
Gut Germs May Influence Success of Weight Loss Surgery

Study found having certain microbes may lead to fewer pounds shed

3/4/2015
Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout

Low sense of accomplishment, emotional exhaustion cited in survey

3/3/2015
Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia

Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure

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