Misc. Surgery News

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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

12/21/2012
Gattex Approved for Short Bowel Syndrome

Provides nutrition for people with surgically removed intestine

12/21/2012
Preventable Surgical Errors Continue to Occur: Study

So-called 'never events' include operating on the wrong body part or leaving towels inside patients

12/18/2012
FDA Warns About Misleading Advertising for Some Laser Eye Surgeries

Five companies told to do better job of including risks of procedures such as LASIK

12/18/2012
Giving Plavix Before Angioplasty May Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study

Review of the data does not show increase in overall survival, however

12/14/2012
Less Mental Decline Seen in Older Blacks Who Went Hungry as Kids

Reason for possible protective effect is unclear, researchers say

12/11/2012
Study Supports Use of 'Brain Stents' for Certain Stroke Patients

When patient can't receive or doesn't respond to clot-busting drugs, this approach might be warranted

12/5/2012
Racial Disparities Still Seen in Use of Breast Cancer Treatments

Black women less likely than whites to undergo less invasive procedures for staging the disease, study finds

12/4/2012
Young Surgeons May Be Easily Distracted

Working through interruptions 'is something you learn how to deal with,' researcher says

11/30/2012
Obesity Complicates Lung Cancer Surgery: Study

Greater body-mass index meant more time in operating room

11/28/2012
Certain Arthritis Patients Fare Worse After Joint Replacement: Study

Compared to osteoarthritis, those with rheumatoid disease had higher risk of infection, dislocation

11/28/2012
Most Women Who Choose Double Mastectomy Don't Need To, Study Shows

Worry about recurrence drives decision, experts say, but majority have low risk of cancer in the healthy breast

11/21/2012
Websites Touting 'Designer Vagina' Surgeries Often Inaccurate, Study Finds

Researchers say supposed benefits are highlighted, potential risks downplayed

11/19/2012
Many Surgical Complications Occur After Patients Go Home

In study, those with post-op problems both in and out of hospital had highest rates of reoperation, death

11/16/2012
Cartoons May Ease Anxiety for Kids Facing Surgery

Study also found bringing a favorite toy from home can help

11/13/2012
'Micro-Stents' May Hold Potential to Treat Glaucoma

Devices appear to reduce pressure in the eye, studies find

11/12/2012
Antiviral Therapy May Cut Recurrence of Hepatitis B-Linked Liver Cancer

Patients who received the drugs after surgery seemed to do better, study found

11/12/2012
Cataract Patients Relax to a Soothing Beat, Study Says

Audio therapy may reduce anxiety during this common procedure

11/12/2012
Income May Influence Outcome of Knee Replacement Surgery: Study

Researchers suggest that low-wage earners may put off surgery longer and then be happier with results

11/9/2012
Hip Surgery Increases Stroke Risk in Older Patients: Study

Patients, doctors urged to keep this in mind when considering joint replacement and post-op care

11/9/2012
Doctors Often Misinterpret Patients' Wishes, Study Says

Such 'preference misdiagnosis' can lead to costly, unwanted treatments

11/5/2012
Fish Oil Won't Prevent Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery: Study

But that doesn't mean longer-term use won't help the heart, experts say

11/5/2012
Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study

5-year rates of death, heart attack higher for patients who underwent stenting, research shows

11/1/2012
Multiple C-Sections Linked to Raised Complication Risks: Study

Women who had 5 or more cesarean-section deliveries had more bleeding, preterm births

10/29/2012
Study: No Long-Term Heart Risks From Breast Radiation

Findings based on 50 cancer survivors who were followed for 25 years

10/26/2012
Some Face Transplant Patients May Regain Sensory, Motor Function

Ability to smile, chew, speak, smell depends on whether nerves can be reconnected, surgeons say

10/23/2012
Colonoscopy Screening May Have Cut Colon Cancer Rates

Large, 20-year study found upper colon cancer cases decreased as Medicare coverage expanded

10/18/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Drop in Heart Risk Factors

Procedure cut blood pressure, other causes of stroke, heart attack, study says

10/17/2012
Surgery May Spur Rise in Heart Deaths After Cancer Diagnosis: Study

Suggests that stress may not be the culprit behind the phenomenon

10/16/2012
Rising Eye Injury Rates Seen With Robotic Prostate Surgery

Patient position during procedure or other unknown cause may lead to scratches on cornea

10/15/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Risk for Alcohol, Drug Abuse: Study

Patients need education before procedure, psychological follow-up, experts say

10/12/2012
Coffee May Speed Up Bowel Recovery From Colon Surgery

Normal function resumed more quickly than for water drinkers alone, study found

10/5/2012
U.S. Sees a Run on New Knees Since 1990s

Over $9 billion spent annually on the operation, researchers say

10/4/2012
Severe Anemia Linked to Higher Death Risk After Heart Surgery

Condition should be treated before elective procedures if possible, researcher says

10/4/2012
Postoperative Program Prevents Respiratory Complications: Study

Simple steps counter common side effects of surgery, researchers say

10/3/2012
Doctors Speak Out on Health Care Waste in U.S.

Unneeded screening, unproven technology among culprits driving costs up by billions, report says

10/2/2012
Hip Resurfacing More Likely to Fail Than Hip Replacement: Study

Women in particular did worse with alternative procedure, U.K. researchers found

10/2/2012
Seniors Who Fell Recently May Fare Worse After Surgery

Study found more disability, complications and longer hospital stays for these patients

9/26/2012
After Tonsillectomy, Steroids May Not Increase Bleeding

Study contradicts previous European research that found the drugs can cause hemorrhage

9/21/2012
Survival After General Anesthesia Vastly Improved: Study

However, the trend is seen mostly in developed countries, researcher says

9/18/2012
Most Forehead Lift Patients Recommend Procedure: Survey

But others are unsatisfied, and recovery time can be long

9/18/2012
Obesity Surgery Seems to Reduce Heart Risks, Study Says

Diabetes remission, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels noted after 6 years

9/17/2012
Comparison of Obesity Surgeries Turns Up Surprising Results

More popular method is less successful for maintaining weight loss, study says

9/13/2012
Knee, Hip Replacements Don't Help People Lose Weight: Study

Evidence is inconclusive and may even point to weight gain, researchers say

9/12/2012
3-D Imaging Might Make Some Surgeries Safer

French doctors used virtual model to help them navigate patient's neck during operation

9/12/2012
Younger Kids Likelier to Gain Weight After Tonsillectomy

Those under 6 years often gain 2 to 5 pounds, study finds

9/12/2012
New Device May Reduce Repeat Breast Cancer Surgeries

Tool could help surgeons determine if all cancerous tissue is excised in lumpectomy, study says

9/11/2012
Swallowed Toothpicks Can Lead to Big Trouble, Experts Warn

One woman suffered blood poisoning but recovered after surgery

9/10/2012
Electrolyte Problem Raises Post-Op Death Risk: Study

Patients with low sodium levels in the blood also had more complications such as infections

9/10/2012
Young Children Treated for Cancer May Be at Risk for PTSD: Study

Procedures, treatments should be kid-friendly, painless as possible, researchers say