Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
3/11/2013
Angioplasty Safe in Hospitals Without On-Site Heart Surgery Services

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

3/8/2013
Heavier Pregnant Women May Face Higher C-Section Risk

Study also found greater possibility of forceps delivery

3/7/2013
Skipping Aspirin Before Artery Procedure May Boost Death Rates

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

3/7/2013
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

3/7/2013
Steroid Shots Disappoint in Back Pain Study

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

3/5/2013
Stored Donor Blood May Have Shorter Shelf Life Than Thought

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

3/4/2013
C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

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

2/27/2013
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

2/27/2013
Most New Mothers Skip Sex for at Least 6 Weeks After Childbirth

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

2/26/2013
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'

2/22/2013
Breast Reconstruction Using Women's Own Tissue Appears Safe: Study

Few short-term complications found with 'autologous' transplants

2/21/2013
Codeine Risky for Kids After Certain Surgeries, FDA Says

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

2/20/2013
Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

Study found device allowed some heartburn patients to stop taking medication

2/20/2013
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

2/19/2013
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

2/19/2013
Sharp Rise Seen in Robotically Assisted Hysterectomies

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

2/19/2013
Fluorescent Tracer 'Lights Up' Brain Tumor for Surgery

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

2/18/2013
Women at Greater Risk for Hip Implant Failure, Study Finds

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

2/18/2013
Exercise May Stave Off Depression in Severely Obese

Study found as little as 8 minutes of daily activity helped patients scheduled for weight-loss surgery

2/16/2013
Many Skiers Who Tear ACLs Can Avoid Surgery, Expert Says

Identifying those patients cuts health costs, recovery time

2/15/2013
Hemorrhoids Are Common, Preventable and Treatable

They're the U.S. health subject most searched for online, FDA reports

2/13/2013
Kids With Knee ACL Injuries Require Special Care

Researchers say ligament injury, once rare in youngsters, is rising with sports training intensity

2/13/2013
Patients Urged to Watch for Trouble After Colon Surgery

Wound drainage, bowel problems, fever can signal post-op complications, expert panel says

2/11/2013
Startling Differences in New-Hip Estimates: Study

Researchers find $100,000 spread for standard procedure

2/11/2013
C-Section, Formula May Disrupt 'Good' Gut Bacteria in Babies

But, small study did not determine effect on children's future health

2/8/2013
Winter Storm Hazard: Snowblower Injuries

Broken bones, amputation possible if safety precautions not followed, expert warns

2/7/2013
Surgical Delivery of Drug Shows Promise Against 'Bleeding' Stroke

New approach improved recovery time, but a larger trial is needed, experts say

1/30/2013
Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatments Similar in Long Run: Study

Researchers comparing surgery, radiation therapy did find short-term differences in men's sexual, urinary, bowel problems

1/29/2013
When It Comes to Spine Surgery, There Is No 'July Effect': Study

Arrival of new residents and fellows at hospitals was found to have minimal impact

1/28/2013
For Early Cancer, Lumpectomy Beats Mastectomy for Survival: Study

Findings should reassure women who fear breast-conserving surgery, expert says

1/25/2013
Quitting Smoking Before Cancer Surgery Best, Study Finds

Experts urge stopping at time of diagnosis, but quitting any time is healthy

1/25/2013
Very Obese Teens See Heart Gains From Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

In this age group, procedure is about health only, not appearance, expert says

1/22/2013
Many Suffer Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery, Study Finds

Researchers call for better pain management

1/21/2013
Obese Patients Urged to Lose Weight Before Kidney Transplant

Extra pounds may hinder success of procedure, research review suggests

1/18/2013
Wound Infections From Colon Surgery May Raise Risk for Blood Clots

Even when patients took blood thinners, study found higher rate of dangerous clots in lungs, legs

1/17/2013
Weight Gain a Risk After Knee Replacement, Study Finds

Many patients continue to avoid activity that caused pain before the surgery, researcher says

1/16/2013
Surgery Checklists Help OR Teams in a Crisis, Study Finds

Important steps were missed when surgical teams relied on memory alone

1/15/2013
Obese Patients May Have Less Success With Back Surgery

Study looked at treatments for slipped or ruptured disks

1/15/2013
Mussels' Stickiness Inspires Surgical Adhesive

In tests with rats, synthetic product outperformed current wound healers

1/14/2013
Early Ovary Removal May Be Tied to Lapses in Memory, Thinking

The younger the surgical menopause patient, the more brain decline, preliminary research shows

1/11/2013
Avoid Pregnancy for a Year After Weight-Loss Surgery: Review

Procedure cuts complication rate for obese women, but experts urge waiting a while to have kids

1/11/2013
Kidneys Sometimes Removed Needlessly in Patients With Rare Genetic Disorder

Tuberous sclerosis causes benign growths to form on organs that doctors can mistake for cancer

1/4/2013
Hospital Type Linked to Racial Disparities in Kids With Appendicitis Complication

Cases of perforated appendix may signal inadequate access to health care, researchers say

1/4/2013
For Texas Man, Bariatric Surgery Led to Diabetes-Free Life

Paul Garcia lost 200 pounds, quit diabetes meds and feels like 'totally new person'

1/4/2013
Weight-Loss Surgery Is New Diabetes Foe

Many patients gain better blood sugar control, less need for meds after gastric bypass

1/2/2013
Recent Ex-Smokers May Fare Worse After Heart Bypass: Study

Research shows higher rate of failure for grafted vessels in these patients

12/31/2012
Thousands of U.S. Babies Born With Cleft Lip, Palate Each Year

But most of the time surgery can correct the defect, experts say

12/31/2012
How One N.Y. Family Met the Challenge of an Oral Birth Defect

A mother recounts her son's struggle against cleft lip and palate

12/28/2012
Surgery May Not Be Needed for Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Review found equal long-term recovery in patients who followed specific rehab program

12/21/2012
Survival Equal in 2 Types of Abdominal Aneurysm Repair: Study

Less-invasive endovascular method now an acceptable alternative to open surgery, Hopkins researcher says