Misc. Surgery News

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Obesity Linked to Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

Men who had a biopsy that didn't find cancer were at raised risk for disease later if they were obese

Some Slightly Obese May Gain From Weight-Loss Surgery, Guidelines Say

Medical groups lower threshold for body-fat levels in new recommendations

Study Questions Value of PSA Test for Older Men

Only a third who received abnormal result went on to receive prostate biopsy, experts note

New Procedure May Shrink Enlarged Prostate Without Surgery

'Prostatic artery embolization' didn't cause troublesome side effects in study

Freezing Treatment May Help Destroy Lung Tumors: Study

'Cryoablation' might offer therapeutic option for cancer patients whose disease has spread

Stem Cells to Relieve Low Back Pain?

Early study says maybe, but experts say much more research on treatment is needed

Radiation Therapy May Raise Future Death Risk From Heart Surgery

Study found nearly doubled risk tied to chest radiation received years ago

Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Fat-Related Genes

Swedish researchers found better body-fat control in people who had procedure

Brain Surgery Eases Compulsive Eating in 10-Year-Old Girl

Benign tumor was causing premature puberty and obesity linked to overeating, doctors say

Teen Boys With Enlarged Breasts Show Emotional Effects

Study found condition may lower general health as well

Dental Anesthesia May Interrupt Wisdom Teeth Growth

Study finds link between numbing of lower jaw and lack of tooth buds

'Sharps' Injuries Pose Serious Hazard for Surgeons, O.R. Staff

Needlesticks, other wounds put clinicians at risk for infectious diseases, emotional stress

Experimental Staph Vaccine Fails to Work, Study Finds

People who received it had similar infection rate, higher risk of staph-related death than others

Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

Finnish study found fewer sore throats after surgery, less time lost from work or school

When Breast Cancer Spreads to Lungs, Surgery May Increase Survival

Study suggests patients who have tumors removed could live many extra months

Complications From Kidney Stone Surgery Rising, Study Finds

Older, sicker patients may explain increase, researchers say

Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Gastric Bypass' Effects: Study

Transferring altered microbes into mouse bellies led to weight loss even without surgery

Complications More Common Than Thought for Type of Hip Surgery

Study looked at minimally invasive procedure to repair damage to inside of the joint

Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.

Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

Return-to-Work Rate High After Knee Replacement, Study Finds

Most physically active laborers get back on the job

Patient Wishes Should Guide End-of-Life Care, Researchers Say

Less pain, lower costs seen when treatment is tailored to meet dying person's goals

Blacks More Likely to Get Amputations Due to Blocked Blood Flow: Study

Whites were more likely to have less-drastic procedure to restore lower-leg circulation

Hormone Pills in Menopause May Carry Gallstone Side Effects

Large French study did not show similar risk for women on estrogen patch or gel

Joint Replacement May Reinvigorate Sex Life

Study shows unsung benefit of the surgery may be the ability to enjoy all aspects of life more

Therapy as Good as Surgery for Some With Torn Knee Cartilage

Study looked at osteoarthritis patients in severe pain

Study Examines Combo Chin, Nose Plastic Surgery

Profile proportions important to overall appearance, doctors say

New Method Quickly Spots Kidney Damage After Surgery

Patients who underwent heart-lung bypass showed high levels of specific protein in study

Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy Often Not Best Option, Ob/Gyn Group Says

Expensive procedure adds little to routine care and should be reserved for complex cases, experts say

Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments Have Similar Effects on Fertility

French study compared medical, surgical procedures

Accidental Awareness During Anesthesia Is Rare, Study Finds

U.K. researchers report only 1 case per 15,000 general anesthesia patients

Many Ovarian Cancer Patients Denied By-the-Book Care, Study Says

Result: They're 30 percent more likely to die over five-year span, researchers find

Bypass Patients Fare Equally Well With or Without Heart-Lung Machine

Three studies find no differences in outcomes, even for the frail or elderly

Angioplasty Safe in Hospitals Without On-Site Heart Surgery Services

Outcomes for non-emergency coronary procedure were similar among hospitals in Massachusetts study

Heavier Pregnant Women May Face Higher C-Section Risk

Study also found greater possibility of forceps delivery

Skipping Aspirin Before Artery Procedure May Boost Death Rates

Recommended pre-op therapy neglected in 7 percent of angioplasty patients, study finds

Procedure Lowers 'Hunger Hormone' to Help Obese Lose Weight

Early study of five patients found up to 45-pound drop, but much more research needed

Steroid Shots Disappoint in Back Pain Study

Patients who got injections saw less improvement than with surgery, other treatments

Stored Donor Blood May Have Shorter Shelf Life Than Thought

After 3 weeks cells' ability to deliver oxygen fades, research suggests

C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

Ranged from 7 percent of all births to nearly 70 percent, study finds

Diabetes Doesn't Seem to Raise Risks After Knee Replacement

Rates of infection, blood clots similar in those with and without the condition, study finds

Most New Mothers Skip Sex for at Least 6 Weeks After Childbirth

Australian study found type of delivery, age of woman made a difference

Smaller Aortic Aneurysms May Require Less Frequent Monitoring

U.K. study helps confirm standard of care in the United States for patients with these vessel 'bulges'

Breast Reconstruction Using Women's Own Tissue Appears Safe: Study

Few short-term complications found with 'autologous' transplants

Codeine Risky for Kids After Certain Surgeries, FDA Says

10 deaths, 3 overdoses reported following removal of tonsils or adenoids

Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

Study found device allowed some heartburn patients to stop taking medication

Weight-Loss Surgery Won't Cut Obesity-Related Medical Costs: Study

U.S. spends about $168 billion a year on expenses associated with growing weight problem

As Economy Rebounds, More Folks Try Turning Back Hands of Time

Report on cosmetic procedures finds Botox, fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal topped the list last year

Sharp Rise Seen in Robotically Assisted Hysterectomies

Study finds complication rate similar to other minimally invasive technique, but higher cost

Fluorescent Tracer 'Lights Up' Brain Tumor for Surgery

A bright pink glow showed the precise pathway a glioma took to spread through the brain

Women at Greater Risk for Hip Implant Failure, Study Finds

More research needed to determine why gender affects success of this joint replacement surgery