Misc. Surgery News

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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

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