Misc. Surgery News

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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

6/27/2012
Exercise Program Boosts Health After Lung Transplant: Study

Training regimen linked to improved strength, mobility and heart health a year after surgery

6/26/2012
U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Levels: Red Cross

Donations fell by 50,000 in June, experts note

6/25/2012
Diabetes Can Make a Comeback After Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

For some, bariatric procedures banish the disease, but only for a while

6/22/2012
Skin Cell Transplant May Offer New Hope to Vitiligo Patients

In small study, some people had about 45 percent return of skin color

6/20/2012
'Sling' Implant May Cut Risk of Incontinence After Prolapse Surgery

But experts caution that second procedure carries its own risks

6/20/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery May Improve Diabetes-Related Kidney Damage

Obese patients who had bariatric procedure had lower rates of kidney disease, study found

6/20/2012
Race Might Play Role in Success of Weight-Loss Surgery

Black women lost less than whites, but the gap was narrower when diabetes was present, study finds

6/20/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Heart Risk 7 Years Later: Study

Patients maintained lower weight, improvement in cholesterol levels

6/18/2012
Some May Drink More After Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

It's not clear whether gastric procedures boost the risk

6/15/2012
Does Weight-Loss Surgery Work for Teens? Yes, Study Says

But experts stress that obese kids do have non-surgical options that may work

6/14/2012
Liposuction Might Have 'Boomerang' Effect

But exercise kept post-surgical increase in fat around organs at bay, study found

6/14/2012
First Stem Cell Vein Implant Helps Young Girl

Improved quality of life for 10-year-old with rare condition, researchers report

6/12/2012
Procedure Might Ease Pain of Female Genital Mutilation

Most victims also able to experience sexual pleasure following the reconstructive surgery

6/7/2012
Obesity, Diabetes May Raise Complications After Joint Replacement

Lung disease can also put older hip and knee surgery patients at risk, study finds

6/1/2012
Smokers Have Higher Surgical Costs, More Complications: Study

But former smokers were no different than nonsmokers, results showed

5/24/2012
Severely Obese Have More Complications With Spinal Surgery

Study found almost doubled risk after spinal fusion

5/23/2012
Regional Systems to Treat Severe Heart Attack Increasing

These systems coordinate emergency medical services and hospitals to speed patient care

5/21/2012
Moveable Magnets Used to Forge Gastric Bypass in Pigs

Minimally invasive approach might have applications for weight-loss procedures, cancer care in humans

5/17/2012
Advanced Prostate Cancer Drug May Help at Earlier Stage

In study, one-third benefited from taking Zytiga plus hormone therapy for 6 months before surgery

5/15/2012
Doctors Restore Some Hand Function to Quadriplegic Patient

Location of spinal cord damage allowed surgeons to bypass damaged nerve in arm

5/11/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery May Also Help Menstruation, Skin, Hair

Hormonal benefits are gained from bariatric procedures, new study suggests

5/11/2012
Is Combining Hysterectomy and a Tummy Tuck Safe?

Yes, small study concludes, but some other experts disagree

5/9/2012
Angioplasty May Be Risky for Those With Poor Leg Circulation

Procedure to open heart arteries linked to raised death rate in people with peripheral artery disease

5/9/2012
Response to First Treatment May Predict Epilepsy's Course

About half of patients are seizure-free after first medication, study finds

5/2/2012
Women Can Waive Test Before Incontinence Surgery: Study

Researchers found similar success rates whether or not patients got the expensive evaluation

5/2/2012
Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Works for Elderly: Study

Real-world results promising for high-risk aortic stenosis patients, researchers say

5/1/2012
For Breast Cancer Care, Radiation of Whole Breast May Be Best

Study finds poorer outcomes with localized, partial-breast approach

5/1/2012
Less-Invasive Surgery for Esophageal Cancer Might Be Safer

Study comparing it to standard open surgeries found fewer infections, shorter hospital stays

4/27/2012
Blood Clot Risk for Outpatients Needs More Attention: Study

Researchers created tool to measure patient risk following surgery

4/26/2012
Kids' Kidney Transplant Rules May Have Shrunk 'Race Gap'

Before 'Share 35,' black and Hispanic patients were less likely to receive organ than whites, researchers say

4/25/2012
Low-Radiation CT Scans Effective at Spotting Appendicitis: Study

Approach cuts cancer risk without raising number of unnecessary surgeries

4/25/2012
New Techniques May Improve Infant Heart Surgery

Two monitoring methods could warn doctors of brain damage, researchers say

4/24/2012
Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study

As implanted heart devices increase, so do serious complications, research says

4/20/2012
Lower Risk for Bowel Obstruction With Less Invasive Surgery: Study

Swedish researchers compared open surgery with laparoscopy

4/20/2012
Men More Prone to Complications After Brain, Spine Surgery

They also spend longer in the hospital after neurosurgery, study finds

4/19/2012
Scoliosis Treatment Might Reduce Need for Surgeries

In small study, children with the spinal condition avoided repeat procedures