Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
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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

5/31/2013
Poorer Patients Often Less Happy With Knee Replacement

Inadequate post-op rehab might be a factor, study authors say

5/30/2013
Transfusions With Heart Surgery Might Raise Infection Risk

Delicate balance exists between treating anemia, avoiding side effects from infusion of red blood cells, study says

5/28/2013
Women's Weight-Loss Surgery May Benefit Later Offspring

Study links procedure to genetic activity in children

5/26/2013
Lawn Mower Injuries Often Caused by Distraction

Docs offer safety tips to protect fingers, hands and feet

5/22/2013
Docs Use 3-D Printer to Create Lifesaving Airway Device for Infant

Rare, worsening condition led to emergency FDA approval to use splint

5/21/2013
Racial Disparities Seen in U.S. Lung Cancer Treatment

Blacks less likely, Hispanics more likely than whites to undergo surgery as early treatment, study shows

5/15/2013
Noisy Operating Rooms May Jeopardize Patient Safety

Chatter, music and equipment sounds reduced surgeons' speech comprehension in small study

5/14/2013
Procedure for Incontinence in Women May Lose Effectiveness With Time

In 7-year study, failure rate for pelvic organ prolapse surgery gradually increased

5/2/2013
Gene Test May Help Predict Success of Weight-Loss Surgery

Change to DNA might explain why some shed more pounds than others after gastric bypass, study says

5/2/2013
Study Supports Broader Access to Lap-Band Weight-Loss Surgery

But not everyone agrees it's time to recommend the procedure to those who aren't extremely obese

5/1/2013
General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

No long-term mental changes associated with the procedure in older surgical patients, study says

5/1/2013
Antidepressants May Hasten Bypass Recovery, Study Finds

Mental health, pain improve sooner, researchers say

4/30/2013
How Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Diabetes Control

Key hormones, amino acids altered during digestion, study finds

4/30/2013
For Some Seniors With Skin Cancer, Surgery Not Always Best Choice

Risk of complications may outweigh benefits for frail elderly who do not have melanoma, study suggests

4/30/2013
Paralyzed Patient Moves Prosthetic Arm With Her Mind

Experimental robotic technology may someday help people with amputations as well, experts hope

4/29/2013
Some Antidepressants Linked to Bleeding Risk With Surgery

It's not clear whether SSRI drugs should be stopped before procedures, study says

4/29/2013
4/25/2013
Race, Income Tied to Breast Cancer Treatment Delays, Reduced Survival

Study of young women found big difference if treatment started within 2 weeks versus 6 weeks

4/23/2013
Common Heart Meds May Boost Recovery From Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Large study looked at possible protective effect of beta-blockers

4/23/2013
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

4/16/2013
Some Slightly Obese May Gain From Weight-Loss Surgery, Guidelines Say

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

4/15/2013
Study Questions Value of PSA Test for Older Men

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

4/15/2013
New Procedure May Shrink Enlarged Prostate Without Surgery

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

4/15/2013
Freezing Treatment May Help Destroy Lung Tumors: Study

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

4/12/2013
Stem Cells to Relieve Low Back Pain?

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

4/11/2013
Radiation Therapy May Raise Future Death Risk From Heart Surgery

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

4/11/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Fat-Related Genes

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

4/9/2013
Brain Surgery Eases Compulsive Eating in 10-Year-Old Girl

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

4/5/2013
Teen Boys With Enlarged Breasts Show Emotional Effects

Study found condition may lower general health as well

4/5/2013
Dental Anesthesia May Interrupt Wisdom Teeth Growth

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

4/4/2013
'Sharps' Injuries Pose Serious Hazard for Surgeons, O.R. Staff

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

4/2/2013
Experimental Staph Vaccine Fails to Work, Study Finds

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

4/2/2013
Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

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

4/1/2013
When Breast Cancer Spreads to Lungs, Surgery May Increase Survival

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

3/29/2013
Complications From Kidney Stone Surgery Rising, Study Finds

Older, sicker patients may explain increase, researchers say

3/27/2013
Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Gastric Bypass' Effects: Study

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

3/25/2013
Complications More Common Than Thought for Type of Hip Surgery

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

3/22/2013
Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.

Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

3/22/2013
Return-to-Work Rate High After Knee Replacement, Study Finds

Most physically active laborers get back on the job

3/21/2013
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

3/20/2013
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