Misc. Surgery News

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10/28/2013
Social Isolation Linked to More Pain After Hip Replacement

Patients lacking social support at higher risk of ongoing pain 2 years after surgery, study found

10/25/2013
After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

Study found women who turned to these programs were more likely to receive other needed treatments

10/24/2013
Stenting of Neck Arteries Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Seniors

Evidence review comparing stent placement to procedure called endarterectomy found mixed results

10/23/2013
Removable 'Gut Sleeve' Might Become a Future Weight-Loss Tool

Study of experimental procedure showed promise in rats

10/23/2013
New Research May Help Spare Patients 'Accidental Awareness' During Surgery

Study found certain type of brain activity signals the brain has gone 'to sleep'

10/23/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery Seems to Beat Diet and Exercise

Study finds surgery more effective at least two years out

10/21/2013
Many People Not Told Cancer Tests Can Lead to 'Overtreatment'

Early detection of slow-growing tumors could result in unnecessary surgery, chemo, radiation, study says

10/17/2013
Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind in Patients: Report

Breakdowns in surgical team communication often at fault, watchdog group says

10/16/2013
Diabetes May Outrank Weight Measurement When It Comes to Weight-Loss Surgery

Age and smoking status are also key factors when thinking about procedure, study shows

10/15/2013
Anesthesia Technique May Affect Survival After Breast Cancer Surgery: Study

Adding nerve block seemed to reduce recurrence rate

10/14/2013
President Taft's Obesity Struggle Was a Harbinger of Things to Come

All that's different today are the numbers: one-third of Americans now obese

10/14/2013
Single Gene May Predict Mental Decline After Heart Surgery

Preliminary study suggests blood test could help doctors assess patient's risk

10/11/2013
More Americans Getting Cataract Surgery

Study finds baby boomers having the procedure at earlier age

10/10/2013
Breast Cancer Patients Have Unrelated Plastic Surgery After Reconstruction

Women who've had a mastectomy sometimes seek procedures such as facelifts, study says

10/10/2013
History of Falls Linked to Post-Surgery Complications in Seniors

Researcher suggests improving 'preoperative risk assessment'

10/9/2013
New Method May Improve Face Transplant Matches

Study found 5 key measurements involved in getting best facial appearance

10/9/2013
Less-Skilled Weight-Loss Surgeons Often Have Higher Complication Rates: Study

Research compared 20 surgeons and effects among thousands of patients

10/9/2013
Controversial Treatment May Not Help MS Patients

Study appears to refute theory of blocked neck veins as cause of multiple sclerosis

10/8/2013
Laparoscopic Surgery for Colon Cancer May Benefit Seniors

Patients who had the less-invasive procedure were less likely to need nursing home care, study finds

10/7/2013
Appendix Removal Isn't Riskier on Weekend, Study Says

But the bill you get afterward might be a bit higher

10/7/2013
Study Questions Use of Less-Invasive Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer

Sentinel node surgery leaves women with few side effects, but its accuracy may be lacking, experts say

10/7/2013
Study Tallies Risk of Noncardiac Surgery After Heart Stent Placement

Those at highest odds for new heart attack, stroke include people with advanced disease

10/4/2013
High Blood Sugar May Raise Risk for Surgical Wound Problems: Study

Important for diabetics to get glucose levels under control before procedures, authors say

10/3/2013
After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Researchers recommend using Advil, Motrin post-op

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