Misc. Surgery News

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Removing Healthy Breast of Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Women choosing the procedure gained just one to seven extra months of life over 20 years, researchers say

Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?

Experts urge caution in interpreting study results

Surgery Soon After Stroke Can Be Risky: Study

Best to wait at least nine months after stroke to have elective procedure, researchers advise

Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery

Close monitoring enough for most of these patients, study says

Men With Prostate Cancer May Not Always Get Best Advice

Doctors suggest widely varying treatments; second opinion vital, experts say

Cataract Surgery a Plus for Someone With Dementia, Study Says

Besides better vision, patients and caregivers report improved quality of life

FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids

No guarantee that devices won't increase chances of spreading cancer to other parts of a woman's body, experts say

Emergency Surgeries on Weekends Riskier for Kids: Study

Possible explanations include fewer hospital staffers, slower response times, researchers say

Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds

Secondary injuries more common among children who postpone ligament repair, research shows

Shoulder Surgery Gets NFL Players Back in the Game

About 90 percent return to play after stabilizing procedure, study finds

Study Links Vasectomy to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

But the finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect; urologists call for more research

Young Pro Pitchers May Face Higher Risk of 'Tommy John' Surgery: Study

Most players who needed the ligament procedure had it within first 5 years of professional ball

Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study

Complications were reduced by 57 percent when stitches were used, researchers report

Less May Be More When It Comes to Gallbladder Surgery

Studies find less aggressive care before and after surgery may lead to better results

Many Anesthesiologists Fail to Wash Hands, Study Shows

Research documents numerous missed opportunities with each patient

Possible Advance for Some Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients

Surgical biopsy could pave way for targeted treatments, study says

Surgery Doubted as a Migraine Reliever

Review of two studies finds inconclusive evidence of success

Summer's a Great Time for Tonsil Removal

Surgery won't disrupt school schedule, kids can relax during recovery, doctor says

Anesthesia Type May Affect Recovery From Hip Fracture Repair

Death rate, hospital stay reduced slightly with 'regional' approach

Women With Breast Cancer Genes More Likely to Choose Extensive Surgery

Nearly three-quarters of patients changed their plans after learning they had increased risk: study

Cost of Prostate Cancer Surgery Varies Widely in U.S.

Fees have no reflection on quality, researchers say

Study Questions Use of Beta Blockers Before Heart Bypass Surgery

But at least one specialist says the finding shouldn't alter current procedures

Can Weight-Loss Surgery Lower Cancer Risk for the Obese?

Study found it might cut chances to levels of normal-weight people, but experts view finding with caution

Hospital's Efforts to Boost Patient Safety Pay Off

Study found obstetric malpractice claims dropped by half after program was put in place

Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Type 2 Diabetes Long-Term

New 15-year study says these procedures outperform regular care for obese patients

Knee Replacement Surgeries Rising With Obesity Rates

Total knee replacements more than tripled between 1993 and 2009, study shows

Men Feel More Pain After Major Surgeries, Study Finds

But women had more discomfort following minor procedures, research shows

Does Timing Play a Role in Survival After Hospital Admission, Surgery?

Researchers find worse results for weekend operations, admissions

Air Travel Safe After Chest Surgery, Surgeon Says

Whether flying or driving home, study finds similar complication rates

Double Mastectomy Often Not Needed, Study Finds

Most women who have both breasts removed have low risk of opposite-breast cancer, researchers say

Removal of Faulty Mesh for Incontinence May Not Improve Women's Symptoms

Experts say there's still no clear-cut answer as to whether or not to have surgery

Study Examines Effort to Preserve Voice During Thyroid Surgery

Researchers use electrodes to monitor vocal cord during procedure

Injuries From Swallowed Magnets on the Rise in Kids, Study Finds

Small, spherical magnetic sets introduced in 2009 tied to more cases and worse outcomes

Surgical Outcomes Worse for People on Medicaid: Study

Chronic health conditions, high smoking rates, need for emergency surgeries some possible reasons why

Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Prevent Heart Rhythm Disorder

So-called 'bariatric' procedures appear to cut risk of atrial fibrillation, researchers report

New Colon Polyp Removal Method May Be Easier on Patients

Shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, earlier return to normal eating seen in study

Study Finds Steroids May Not Be Helpful After Infant Liver Surgery

Evidence points to more complications with the drugs

Home Visits May Help Heart Bypass Patients Fare Better

Pilot program found fewer hospital readmissions, lower death rate compared to standard care

Radiation May Equal Surgery, With Easier Recovery, for Cancerous Lymph Nodes

Study of breast cancer patients found fewer complications with nonsurgical treatment

Doctors Regrow Large Areas of Muscle Lost in Injured Soldiers

Trauma patients regained some function in severely damaged legs with first-time procedure

FDA Moves Female Incontinence Device to 'High Risk' Status

Vaginal mesh devices have been linked to pain, infection, other problems, agency says

Lung Cancer Surgery May Be Safest at High-Volume Hospitals, Study Finds

But death rate higher after 90 days surprises researchers

Complications Common, Costly With Some Kidney Stone Treatments

Study found 1 in 7 patients has problems after certain procedures

Induced Labor May Lower Risk for C-Section, Study Finds

Findings run counter to commonly held belief that induction actually raises a woman's odds for cesarean

Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

Saying no to surgery, radiation tied to better outcomes in study of abnormal brain connections

Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

Sense of smell also altered for some patients in British study

FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

'Laparoscopic power morcellation' may increase women's cancer risk, agency says

Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

Technique allows withdrawal of anti-rejection drugs after a year

Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

The 17-day treatment prevented blood vessel clogging that could threaten reconnection, surgeons say

After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

Attached by implanted magnets, prosthetic ear helps Chicago patient feel 'normal' again