Misc. Surgery News

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10/2/2013
Massachusetts Health Law Cut Race Gap for Certain Surgeries: Study

More blacks, Hispanics get less-invasive procedures for appendicitis, gallbladder since state health reform

10/2/2013
Surgical Complications Greater for Minority Seniors: Study

Researchers say pre-existing medical conditions make a difference

10/1/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery May Add to Painkiller Dependence, Study Says

Doctors should warn patients their need for pain relief may continue, researchers say

9/27/2013
Smokers Have Higher Complication Risk After Colon Surgery, Study Finds

Current smokers had highest rates of pneumonia, infection

9/27/2013
Stem Cells From Fat Might Improve Plastic Surgery

Early study found 'enriched' transplants from liposuction appeared to last longer

9/24/2013
Kidney Damage a Risk of Some Childhood Cancer Treatments, Finds Study

Likelihood greatest with use of certain chemotherapy drugs, surgery

9/20/2013
Women Vets May Need More Access to Breast Cancer Services

Improved screening raised demand on system for follow-up care, study suggests

9/19/2013
Heart Infection Causing Fewer Hospitalizations, Researchers Say

Study found drop in endocarditis cases despite reduced use of preventive antibiotics

9/19/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery Can Improve Long-Term Diabetes Control, Study Says

Some patients were benefiting up to nine years later

9/19/2013
Braces Seem to Benefit Many Kids With High-Risk Scoliosis

Study suggests that surgery to correct curvature of spine can be avoided for most of these patients

9/19/2013
Incontinence Surgery Bests Physical Therapy in Trial

More than 90 percent of women with leakage reported improvement with sling procedure

9/18/2013
Surgical Readmission Rates Reflect Initial Care, Study Suggests

One in seven major surgery patients gets readmitted to U.S. hospitals

9/16/2013
Unfounded Fear Prompts Some Preventive Mastectomies: Study

Many young women with breast cancer overestimated risk of recurrence in opposite breast

9/13/2013
4 Factors Predict Diabetes Remission After Surgery: Study

Scoring system could help determine if weight-loss procedure will help control disease in obese patients

9/10/2013
ER Visits Common After Seniors' Surgery, Study Finds

At some hospitals 1 in 4 patients returns for emergency care following colon operation

9/6/2013
Cataract Surgery Tied to Lower Death Risk for Patients With Vision Loss

Reasons for association aren't clear, study author says

9/4/2013
New Method Cuts Radiation During Pacemaker Procedure: Study

Electromagnetic tracking system reduces time that live X-rays are needed during device implantation

9/3/2013
Steroid Shots a Temporary Fix for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

Three-quarters of patients still had to have surgery a year later

9/3/2013
Clearing More Arteries Works in Angioplasty Trial

U.K. heart study halted early after multiple artery clearings showed strong results

8/26/2013
Too Many Unnecessary Thyroid Biopsies Performed, Experts Say

Simplified guidelines could reduce number of uncomfortable, worrying procedures

8/20/2013
Cancer-Surgery Complications Rise While Death Risk Drops

Decade-long study covered 2.5 million U.S. patients

8/16/2013
Using Blood Pressure Cuff Right Before Heart Surgery Cuts Heart Damage: Study

Procedure is safe, cheap and simple, researchers say

8/14/2013
MRIs May Spur Unneeded Mastectomies in Older Women With Breast Cancer

More aggressive surgery not always backed by evidence, study authors say

8/14/2013
'Watch & Wait' OK for Many Low-Grade Prostate Tumors: Study

Aggressiveness doesn't seem to change over time, researchers say

8/13/2013
Prompt Surgery May Be Best for Heart Valve Leak

Study findings challenge policy of 'watchful waiting' for people with mitral valve regurgitation

8/7/2013
Discovery May Help Pinpoint Risk of Lung Cancer Returning After Surgery

Tumors with specific cell pattern might indicate need for more extensive procedure, study suggests

8/5/2013
Whites Are Heavier Users of Weight-Loss Surgery, Study Finds

Insurance differences may explain disparity

8/1/2013
Will You Look More Attractive After Plastic Surgery?

Patients appear younger, but not necessarily better looking, small study finds

7/31/2013
Protecting Lungs During Abdominal Surgery May Decrease Complications

Adjusting ventilator settings could shield patients from conditions like pneumonia, study finds

7/30/2013
Can Some Women Safely Skip Breast Surgery?

Certain lesions probably won't progress to cancer, study finds

7/26/2013
Herbal Meds, Cosmetic Surgery a Bad Mix: Experts

Despite risks, nearly half of patients take some kind of supplement before facial procedure, study found

7/26/2013
Nearly Half of Seniors May Experience Delirium After Major Surgery

Study followed anesthesia patients in the recovery room and beyond

7/26/2013
Technology Mishaps Behind 1 in 4 Operating Room Errors: Study

Surgical equipment checklist could cut errors in half, researchers say

7/19/2013
Knee Shape May Predict Who'll Benefit From ACL Surgery, Study Says

X-rays could aid decision-making, researchers note

7/17/2013
Experimental 'iKnife' Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

But more research needed to see if device works in everyday practice, expert says

7/11/2013
After ACL Surgery, Another Knee Injury Likely, Study Suggests

Athletes who return to sports should take precautions, researcher advises

7/3/2013
Complications More Likely With Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Study

Staying on top of symptoms may allow safer, planned procedures, researchers say

6/27/2013
C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC

Guidelines discouraging early elective deliveries may have helped

6/25/2013
New, Pricey Prostate Cancer Treatments May Be Overused: Study

More men who have low-risk disease are choosing procedures that may not benefit them, researcher says

6/23/2013
Kids' Pitching Injuries Rising; Study Blames Overuse

Parents, kids not adhering to throwing limits, researchers find

6/21/2013
Oregon Woman Tans Her Way to a Melanoma Diagnosis

She now blogs about her experience and how she has learned to accept her natural skin color

6/21/2013
Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

Patients did as well as those with osteoarthritis, but same did not hold true for hip replacement

6/20/2013
Sex Change Hormonal Therapy Deemed Safe

Study of transsexuals finds short-term use of the treatment is effective

6/18/2013
Facebook Users Really 'Liked' Organ Donor Option: Study

State transplant registries saw massive influx of donors in a single day after social media giant tweaked profiles

6/13/2013
Deep Brain Stimulation Studied as Last-Ditch Obesity Treatment

No major side effects seen in 3 patients over nearly 3 years

6/10/2013
More Doctors Starting to Favor 'Wrist Route' to Heart: Study

Using groin pathway for artery-opening procedures is more dangerous, researchers say

6/5/2013
Men Face Higher Risk of Infections Related to Health Care

Extensive study found hospitalized men had 60 percent greater odds of bloodstream, surgical infections

6/4/2013
Many Young Breast Cancer Patients May Opt for a Mastectomy

Disease stage and genetic factors may be related to women's treatment decisions, study shows

6/4/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Moderately Obese, Too

It reduces symptoms of type 2 diabetes, studies found, but surgical risks exist

6/3/2013
Fine-Tuning Breast Cancer Treatments: What Works Better?

Studies compared side effects with different Taxol schedules, and between radiation and surgery