Misc. Surgery News

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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

4/17/2012
Kidney Cancer Patients Fare Better With Tumor Removal Only

Survival rates were higher than for those whose kidney was taken out, researchers say

4/17/2012
Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD

Long-term study shows cingulotomy helped improve severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms

4/16/2012
Surgery Rates Rising for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer: Study

Use of a particular procedure may be driving the trend

4/16/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery Beat Drugs for Cutting Diabetes in Very Obese

In small study, type 2 disease was reversed for some patients who had bariatric procedure

4/16/2012
Dissolvable Heart Artery Stents Appear Safe in Study

Biodegradable stents might lower risk of heart attack, Japanese researchers suggest

4/11/2012
Study Shows New Option for Kids With Tough-to-Treat Leukemia

Some cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia may not require bone marrow transplant, researchers say

4/11/2012
Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects May Last for Years

Study finds lingering pain, swelling, fatigue, mobility problems in many women

4/11/2012
Codeine After Surgery Could Endanger Certain Kids: Study

In children with rare gene mutation, post-tonsillectomy death seemed to be due to reaction to pain medicine

4/6/2012
Esophageal Cancer Surgery Can Leave Lingering Health Problems, Study Says

Some report breathlessness, fatigue, insomnia and eating problems years later

4/6/2012
Study Finds Antibiotics Best for Appendicitis

Drugs avoid risks of surgery, but 20 percent of those who use them still need appendix removed

4/5/2012
Follow-Up Procedures Common in Women After Breast-Conserving Surgery

Reason may rest with concerns about recurrence of disease, study says

4/4/2012
Physician Groups Call for Fewer Medical Tests

Many patients could safely avoid X-rays, MRIs, heart stress tests and other common procedures, docs say

4/3/2012
BBQ Danger: Wires From Grill Cleaners Swallowed in Food

Patients suffer from throat, stomach injuries

3/27/2012
Community Hospitals Safe for Angioplasty: Study

Patients did just as well in qualified local facilities as those with heart surgery units

3/27/2012
Tighter Recommendations Issued for Blood Cell Transfusions

Study found patients do just as well with lower thresholds for red blood cells

3/27/2012
Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors

Study found those with multi-vessel heart disease showed reduced risk of dying four years later

3/26/2012
Weight-Loss Surgeries May Beat Standard Treatments for Diabetes

Studies found many patients who had procedures could reduce, stop medications afterward

3/19/2012
Less Invasive Hernia Procedure Easier on Patients: Study

Less pain and faster recovery, but expert notes older approach sometimes still best

3/19/2012
ICU May Not Be Needed After Sleep Apnea Surgery

But patients do need to be closely monitored in the hospital, researchers say

3/16/2012
Depression Tied to Earlier Death in Heart Patients

Study found a greater risk of death within 7 years of receiving stent implant

3/13/2012
Endoscopy May Be Better Than Surgery for Severe Pancreatic Infection

Small, early study found lower risk of death and complications with less invasive procedure

3/12/2012
Seniors' Long-Term Use of Strong Painkillers a Concern

Many patients given narcotics after short-stay surgery become chronic users, study says

3/12/2012
Married Heart Surgery Patients Live Longer

Single patients' odds of dying are twice as high over five years, study says

3/12/2012
Health Tip: Caring for Baby After Circumcision

Advice to foster healing and prevent infection

3/9/2012
When Unneeded, Induced Labor May Increase Complications

Mother, child fare best with spontaneous labor at 38 to 39 weeks' gestation, study finds

3/7/2012
Drug Reduces Complications in Surgical Abortions: Study

But misoprostol does have side effects, large study found

3/6/2012
When Drugs Fail, Surgery May Get Epilepsy Under Control

Small study finds those with temporal lobe disorder can be seizure-free afterward

3/1/2012
Weight-Loss Surgery Seems Safe for Kidney Disease Patients

Study found complication rates of 5 to 10 percent among obese patients

2/29/2012
Combining Heart Valve Repair With Bypass May Be Worthwhile

Fixing leaky mitral valves improved heart function, exercise capacity, study found

2/24/2012
Skin Tests Catch Metal Sensitivity Before Joint Replacement

In affected patients, testing allows surgeons to avoid that metal when choosing implants

2/20/2012
Monitoring Spinal Cord During Certain Surgeries May Prevent Complications

New guidelines say surgeons who spot problems early may be able to prevent them from getting worse

2/20/2012
Some Kids' Surgery Should Include Staph Screening: Study

Antibiotic treatment prevented dangerous MRSA infection

2/20/2012
Face Lifts Erase an Average of 7 Years Off Age, Study Finds

Panel of medical students looked at before and after photos in guessing ages

2/20/2012
15% of U.S. Surgeons Report Drinking Problems in Survey

However, low response rates may put accuracy of results into question

2/16/2012
Nerve-Sparing Prostate Surgery Helps Men Retain Sexual Function

Most men left with nerves on both sides of the gland can achieve orgasm, study shows

2/13/2012
Radiation After Lung Cancer Surgery Doesn't Help All: Study

Treatment may not extend life for older patients with locally advanced disease