Misc. Surgery News

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2/26/2014
Necks, Butts Growth Areas for U.S. Plastic Surgeons

More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013

2/25/2014
Transfusions Risky During Certain Heart Procedures, Study Finds

Angioplasty patients run the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death, researchers say

2/24/2014
Ovarian Cancer Gene May Point to Early Removal of Ovaries: Study

In particular, women with BRCA1 mutation should have surgery by age 35, researchers say

2/24/2014
Many Patients Have Pain After Heart Surgery, Study Finds

40 percent suffered pain three months later, and 10 percent did after two years

2/20/2014
Surge in Thyroid Cancer Cases May Be Due to Overdiagnoses: Study

Many might be getting unnecessary treatment for slow-growing disease, some experts say

2/20/2014
Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles

They're 100 times stronger than human muscles and could be used in robots, researchers say

2/19/2014
Prescription Eardrops Seem Best for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection: Study

Finds drops may be preferred remedy when special 'ear tubes' are needed

2/19/2014
Ob/Gyn Groups Issue Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates

The two organizations say first-time mothers should be allowed more time in labor

2/19/2014
Mesh for Hernia Repair Reduces Recurrence, Study Suggests

But the open surgery technique increases odds of complications, researchers find

2/18/2014
Infections Rare in Outpatient Surgery Procedures, Study Finds

Researchers tracked infections occurring around the area of incision

2/18/2014
Surgery Might Top Drugs as First Therapy for Irregular Heartbeat: Study

But safety issues may still make medications better choice for many patients, experts say

2/14/2014
Ovary Removal Might Raise Odds for Bone Loss, Heart Disease

Doctors should assess overall risks in premenopausal women, study suggests

2/12/2014
Lymph Node Test a Good Strategy for Melanoma: Study

Disease spread was detected and treated sooner, with better survival in patients who received 'sentinel node' biopsy

2/12/2014
Double Mastectomy May Benefit Some Women With Inherited Breast Cancer

Study found procedure might cut risk of death in half for those with certain genetic mutations

2/11/2014
Experimental Eyewear Helps Surgeons 'See' Cancer, Study Says

The hope is the new technology will reduce the need for follow-up surgeries

2/7/2014
'House' TV Series Leads to Real-Life Diagnosis

Doctors realized patient's mysterious symptoms resembled those of a character on the medical drama

2/6/2014
Kidney Injury During Surgery Tied to Risk of Heart Problems

Study from Taiwan followed thousands of post-op patients

2/6/2014
Voice Changes May Follow 'Nose Job' in Some Patients

Small study from Iran didn't find speech problems, however

2/5/2014
New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn

Study finds sleeve gastrectomy often doesn't relieve acid reflux, and sometimes makes it worse

2/4/2014
'Gastric Banding' Patients Often Have Dietary Issues, Study Finds

Weight-loss surgery may lead to nutritional deficiencies; supplements and counseling urged

1/30/2014
Study Finds Tonsillectomy Just as Safe for Adults as Kids

Researchers found low complication rates, similar to those seen in children

1/30/2014
Shoulder Replacement May Help for Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study found that surgery to relieve pain and stiffness held up for a decade

1/30/2014
Doctors May Need to Revise How They Evaluate Breast Biopsy Results

One form of abnormal breast cells does not present lower risk after all, study finds

1/28/2014
Amnesia Patient's Brain Helps Illuminate How Memory Works

Researchers based 3-D model on man who lived 55 years with condition

1/24/2014
'Doctor, Please Review This Checklist Before My Surgery'

Simple request improves patient safety and satisfaction, study finds

1/23/2014
Radiation Before Surgery May Improve Survival From Rare Lung Cancer

Small study of mesothelioma patients also found smoother recovery with this treatment method

1/23/2014
Hormone Therapy May Cut Risk of Repeat Joint Replacement Surgery in Women

Those who took it after hip, knee replacement saw risk of second procedure drop by about 40 percent

1/22/2014
Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients

1/22/2014
Older Patients May Fare Better in Trauma Centers That Treat More of Their Peers

Study also found they do worse in hospitals with higher volumes of young patients

1/22/2014
Dissolving 'Scaffolds' Could Help Treat Leg Artery Disease

But more research is needed before they can replace stents

1/20/2014
U.S. Children's Hospitals Vary Widely In Tonsillectomy Care

Study finds big differences in what medications patients get during and after procedure

1/16/2014
Gene Therapy May Restore Sight in People With Rare Blinding Disease

Early study saw improvement in six patients with choroideremia

1/14/2014
Post-Surgical Tests Might Help Spot Colon Cancer's Return

Study patients who had CEA blood test or CT scan were more likely to undergo follow-up surgery for disease

1/11/2014
Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections

Review found no evidence of later hearing, speech or language improvement after procedure

1/10/2014
Women More Open to Weight-Loss Surgery

Obese males wait longer to seek help, raising their odds for complications, study finds

1/10/2014
Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Advanced Parkinson's Disease

Study says new dopamine-producing brain cells help control motor function

1/9/2014
Death Rate After Hip, Knee Replacements Has Dropped Sharply: Study

Experts credit advances in post-surgical care for lower risk

1/8/2014
Chest Implant Might Help With Hard-to-Treat Sleep Apnea

Study found device may provide alternative to air mask therapy

1/8/2014
Whites More Likely to Undergo Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

Researcher says blacks don't seem to feel obesity affects their quality of life as much as whites do

1/8/2014
Surgical 'Glue' May Help Repair Sick Children's Hearts

New adhesive can patch holes in cardiac tissue and 'stick' even under high pressures, developers say

1/2/2014
Smoking Tied to Higher Post-Op Medical Costs

Researchers estimate tobacco-related complications in year after surgery cost U.S. $17 billion annually

1/2/2014
Many Women Still Have Pain One Year After Breast Cancer Surgery

Methods needed to identify those who would benefit from preventive treatments, researchers say

12/26/2013
Surgery With Follow-Up Radiation Best for Tongue Cancer: Study

Patients who started with chemotherapy had worse response, researchers say

12/26/2013
Study Questions Value of Common Knee Surgery

Procedure to repair a torn meniscus worked no better than a fake one to ease lingering pain

12/25/2013
Surgeons' Group Gives Gift of New Hips, Knees to Uninsured

Operation Walk USA providing free joint replacement surgery to 230 patients

12/20/2013
Some Hip-Replacement Parts Not Proven Safe or Effective: Study

About 8 percent of components used in Britain not backed by evidence; Harvard researchers call for stricter controls

12/18/2013
Review Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safe and Effective

Benefits outweigh risks for many severely obese patients, expert says

12/17/2013
Study Questions Safety of Common Anesthesia Drug

Review tied etomidate to higher risk of death and heart problems compared to propofol

12/17/2013
Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer's Return

Study suggests that getting only general anesthesia raised risk of recurrence

12/13/2013
2 Pre-Surgery Drug Treatments Show Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

In studies, combo regimens produced better results for 'triple-negative' disease