Misc. Surgery News

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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

9/10/2012
Tight Blood Sugar Control Won't Help Babies After Heart Surgery

Infection rates, survival didn't change, but more risk for low blood sugar seen in study

9/3/2012
Bottle-Feeding May Raise Baby's Risk for Intestinal Trouble

Study found chances for serious condition called pyloric stenosis increased by almost 5 times

8/28/2012
Race May Affect Quality of Prostate Cancer Surgical Care

Analysis finds black patients less likely to be treated at hospitals with high-volume surgeons

8/22/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Medications, lifestyle changes still first-line prevention, researchers say

8/20/2012
Anesthesia Before Age 3 May Raise Risk of Learning Delays: Study

Research found even one exposure is associated with language deficits by age 10

8/20/2012
Health, Social Life Improve After Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

Patients sought better condition, self-esteem, activity levels

8/15/2012
Three Kids Dead From Codeine After Surgery: FDA

Youngsters who metabolize the pain killer faster than usual are at risk, experts warn

8/12/2012
Safety Eyewear Can Prevent Sports Injuries in Kids

Back-to-school season can mean more eye injuries, expert warns

8/7/2012
In Short Term, Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Raise Fracture Risk

But study found slightly higher risk several years after procedure

8/6/2012
Implantable Defibrillators Linked to Decline in Cardiac Arrests

1 in 20 carriers can expect a life-saving shock each year, researcher says

7/31/2012
Less Invasive Surgery Safe for Harvesting Bypass Veins: Study

No major difference in outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft with minimal or large leg incisions

7/31/2012
Cataract Surgery May Cut Risk of Hip Fracture

Study found seniors who had procedure were less likely to have fall-related breaks

7/31/2012
Burnt-Out Nurses Linked to More Hospital Infections

Reducing job-related emotional exhaustion among nurses could benefit patients, cut costs, study says

7/25/2012
Lab-Grown Blood Vessels May Improve Heart Bypass

Researchers grow small vessels using stem cells from fat gathered through liposuction

7/23/2012
Joint Replacement Boosts Heart Attack Risk Right After Surgery: Study

Experts say doctors need to cut chances of cardiac trouble before procedure

7/20/2012
Older Americans See Better Today, Study Finds

Improved cataract surgery techniques, less smoking may be reasons why

7/18/2012
Surgery Not Best Option for Early Stage Prostate Cancers: Study

Researchers found regular monitoring may be just as effective for those with localized disease

7/18/2012
Study Gives First Evidence That Adult Human Lungs Can Regrow

Researchers speculate growth was stimulated, at least in part, by stretching caused by exercise

7/17/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Cut Medical Costs: Study

But return on investment isn't the point in evaluating medical procedures, expert says

7/16/2012
Black Patients More Apt to Have Voice Box Removed When Cancer Strikes

Reason for disparity in therapy is unclear but, overall, the trend is to preserve the larynx

7/16/2012
Large Breasts Can Take Mental, Physical Toll on Teens

Research shows some girls with the condition have physical pain, lower self-esteem

7/9/2012
New Guidelines Issued for Biopsy Use in Melanoma Patients

Expert panel said sentinel lymph node biopsy to show if cancer has spread could be used more consistently

7/9/2012
Expensive, Drug-Emitting Stents May Be Overused: Study

More selective use of devices that keep arteries open could save U.S. $200 million a year

7/7/2012
Ovarian Transplants May Preserve Fertility in Young Cancer Survivors

Grafts from frozen tissue restored hormone production for up to 7 years in small study

7/5/2012
Post-Op Delirium's Toll on Mental Function May Linger: Study

Older heart patients who experienced confusion took a long time to recover thinking skills

6/29/2012
Summertime Is Tonsillectomy Time

Many parents take advantage of summer break to schedule the surgery to give kids time to recover

6/29/2012
Few Patients Should Get Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, FDA Panel Says

Controversial devices can shed metal particles; patients who have them need regular monitoring

6/27/2012
Early Surgery May Benefit Some With Heart Infection

But doctors say findings only apply to a certain few