Misc. Surgery News

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4/28/2014
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

4/22/2014
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

4/18/2014
Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

Sense of smell also altered for some patients in British study

4/17/2014
FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

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

4/16/2014
Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

Technique allows withdrawal of anti-rejection drugs after a year

4/16/2014
Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

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

4/11/2014
After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

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

4/11/2014
Lab-Grown Vaginas, Noses Herald New Options for Patients

Regenerative surgery takes a leap forward, two studies show

4/10/2014
Age a Big Factor in Colon Surgery Complications, Study Finds

People over 80, especially, had greater need for post-op emergency care, researchers say

4/7/2014
Complication Rate After Adult Tonsillectomy Higher Than Thought

Most common complaints: pain, bleeding, dehydration, study finds

4/3/2014
Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected

Pain, fatigue may persist up to seven days after surgery, study shows

3/31/2014
Aspirin May Not Protect Heart After Non-Cardiac Surgeries: Study

Just as many heart attacks, more serious bleeding seen if patients took aspirin around time of operation

3/31/2014
More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps People With Diabetes

One-third of gastric-bypass patients kept type 2 diabetes under control without meds during three-year study

3/31/2014
Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass

Common practice might instead cause harm, study finds

3/28/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

People who are obese and at risk for heart disease should consider surgery, researchers say

3/26/2014
Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

3/19/2014
Partial Skull Removal May Save Older Patients' Lives After Massive Stroke

But disability after surgery is often severe, study finds

3/18/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Help Mild Knee Pain

Small, early study of obese patients found improvement similar to knee replacement

3/18/2014
Weight Loss May Boost Success of Joint-Replacement Surgery

But people who add pounds after getting new hip or knee have more pain, study finds

3/15/2014
Knee Ligament Tears Don't Permanently Sideline Most College Football Players

Study of NCAA Division I athletes found majority returned to playing field

3/15/2014
Knee Surgery May Put Kids at Higher Risk for Future Arthritis

Small study followed up on young people who underwent procedure to repair torn ligament

3/14/2014
Key Questions to Ask Before Surgery

Weight loss, quitting smoking might reduce odds of complications, expert says

3/13/2014
Pain Can Plague Women After Knee Replacement Surgery

Study also found that type of anesthesia and patient's weight play a role in levels of discomfort

3/12/2014
Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study

But Canadian program wasn't voluntary and that may have affected results, researchers say

3/11/2014
2 Surgeries Work Equally Well for Female Incontinence, Study Finds

Doctors can choose the one they're more familiar with, expert says

3/11/2014
'Tommy John' Surgery Gets Major League Pitchers Back on the Mound

Study found most players returned to pro baseball, sometimes with better results

3/11/2014
Hip Replacement Safe for Patients in Their 90s, Study Finds

Complication rates similar to patients in their 80s and younger, researchers say

3/11/2014
New Knees, Hips May Also Help the Heart

Joint replacement might boost physical activity in arthritis patients, study author says

3/6/2014
Surgery May Benefit Younger Prostate Cancer Patients

Study adds fodder to the operate vs. 'watch and wait' debate

2/28/2014
Treatment Costs Vary for U.S. Children Born With Heart Defects

Study tied higher-cost hospitals to more surgical complications, longer patient stays

2/27/2014
Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

Study found 8 percent of those who did suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death

2/26/2014
C-Section Birth May Raise Risk of Adult Obesity: Study

But the research doesn't prove cause-and-effect

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