Misc. Surgery News

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2/10/2012
Repeat C-Section Best Scheduled at 39 Weeks, Study Says

Operating sooner, later worse for babies, preliminary research finds

2/10/2012
More Than 4 Million Americans Have New Knee

And repeat surgery is likely for many younger recipients, researchers predict

2/9/2012
C-Sections Might Put Preemies at Risk for Breathing Problems

Study found respiratory distress syndrome more likely in small, premature infants born by cesarean

2/7/2012
Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

In 26-year study, procedure cut seizures and boosted quality of life long-term

2/2/2012
Anesthesia in Early Childhood May Be Linked to ADHD

Only associated with multiple surgeries; not a reason to delay needed procedures, experts say

2/1/2012
Stenting, Surgery Appear Comparable for Opening Neck Artery

Re-blockage rates similar for both procedures, study finds

1/31/2012
Second Breast Cancer Surgery Sometimes Needed

After a partial mastectomy, almost one in four women requires re-excision, study finds

1/30/2012
Live Liver Donation Safer Than Previously Thought

Risk of death is 1.7 per thousand donors, new study finds

1/27/2012
Test Might Predict Risk of Lung Cancer's Return

But it's not clear yet how helpful the molecular exam will be, experts say

1/25/2012
Avastin May Be Helpful Before Breast Cancer Surgery

However, it's not clear which patients would benefit, studies find

1/20/2012
Many Breast Cancer Patients Uninformed About Options: Study

Survey of survivors found that only about half were asked their preference for type of surgery

1/17/2012
Experimental Blood Thinner Given Before Surgery Shows Benefit

Cangrelor has potential to reduce clot risk with low bleeding problems in heart patients, study finds

1/17/2012
Joint Replacement Patients Face Blood Clot Risk in Hospital

Knee surgery associated with twice the risk compared to hip procedure, evidence review found

1/16/2012
'Nose Job' May Make You Look a Bit Younger, Too: Study

But several plastic surgeons say psychology may be at work as well

1/16/2012
More, Faster Weight Loss Seen With Gastric Bypass Than Banding

But the surgeon performing the operation also makes a difference, an expert says

1/12/2012
Music May Ease Anxiety, Pain in Prostate Biopsy Patients

Men who listened to Bach with headphones during procedure seemed less stressed, study says

1/11/2012
Surgeons in Mid-Career Have Fewest Complications: Study

Both younger and older physicians performed worse on thyroid removal surgeries, study found

1/9/2012
Surgery Seems Most Effective for Herniated Discs

And married people showed greatest improvement afterwards, study found

1/9/2012
Kids Who Need Heart Surgery May Fare Better at Busier Hospitals

Higher-volume centers had lower death rate for patients with complications, study finds

1/6/2012
Weight Loss Surgery May Help Diabetes

Not a cure, but operation plus meds better than either treatment alone, researcher says

1/3/2012
Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths

People with serious cardiovascular issues may be good candidates, experts say

12/29/2011
Risk Factors for Vision Loss After Spine Surgery Identified

Rare complication occurs in as many as one out of every 1,000 spine surgeries, researchers say

12/28/2011
U.S. Doctors Behind Face Transplants Give Details of Procedure

Long, painstaking surgery has so far only been done on 18 patients worldwide

12/22/2011
As Gastric Banding Increases, So May Complications

Puzzling respiratory symptoms require investigation, researchers say

12/21/2011
Timing of Aquatic Therapy After Joint Replacement Matters

Starting within days of the operation seems beneficial for those with new knees, but not hips

12/14/2011
Study Finds Fewer Blood Transfusions Needed After Hip Surgeries

Not doing it had little effect on recovery, death risk among elderly patients

12/12/2011
After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction Is Safe for Older Women

As population ages, more women over 60 will face the choice, study notes

12/8/2011
Few Women Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Study

Older women, blacks, rural residents less likely to get procedure done immediately

12/1/2011
Time of Surgery Doesn't Influence Results, Study Says

You're no more likely to die if operated on at 7 p.m. versus 9 a.m., researchers find

11/30/2011
New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

Not enough data to tell which device is best, researchers say

11/29/2011
New Software Might Help Predict Difficult Childbirth

Using 3-D reconstructions, program scores a mother's likelihood of normal delivery

11/28/2011
Lengthy Hospital Transfers May Hamper Heart Attack Care

Recommended time is seldom met in switching patients to angioplasty or stent facility, study finds

11/28/2011
Older Women Have More Post-Surgical Breast Reduction Infections

Researchers say lower hormone levels in women over 50 may explain it

11/24/2011
1st Artificial Windpipe Made With Stem Cells Seems Successful

Using patient's own cells to create custom airway cut risk for transplant rejection, scientists say

11/22/2011
More Blacks Die in Hospital After Diverticulitis Surgery

Racial differences in survival were seen even among those with health insurance, study finds

11/22/2011
Surgery May Boost Survival With Dangerous Heart Condition

Heart valve replacement is better than drugs alone for some endocarditis patients, researchers say

11/21/2011
Thin People May Be at Greater Risk for Post-Surgery Death

40% higher risk in low weight than overweight patients but reasons aren't clear, researchers say

11/18/2011
Colon Surgery Linked to High Readmission Rates

Patients often return to the hospital for preventable surgical-site infections, researchers say

11/18/2011
Painkiller Dependence Before Knee Surgery May Slow Recovery

Researchers suggest weaning patients off opioids before procedure is performed

11/17/2011
Sunken Chest Demands Prompt Evaluation, Expert Says

Though rarely life-threatening, pediatric condition could indicate underlying disorder

11/16/2011
Losing Weight May Help Fight Gum Disease

Obese people who shed pounds showed improvements in gum health

11/15/2011
Pneumonia Most Common Infection After Heart Surgery

Nearly half of serious infections occur 14 days after patients are discharged, study shows

11/8/2011
New Bypass Surgery for Stroke Riskier Than Drug Treatment

Medicine is safer for mini-stroke patients, as effective as new procedure, study finds

11/4/2011
Timing May Be Key to Successful Back Surgery

Waiting longer than six months to repair herniated disc may hinder recovery, study says

11/4/2011
Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients

Younger patients in study more likely to have low levels of bone-building vitamin

11/3/2011
FDA OKs Heart Valve That Does Not Require Open-Heart Surgery

Experts believe the device will expand options for frailer, sicker patients

11/3/2011
11/2/2011
Obese Women Face Higher Complication Risk After Breast Surgery

Post-op inflammation is 20 times more likely than in non-obese women, study finds

11/1/2011
New Technique to Remove Skull Tumors May Mean Less Scarring

Surgeons go in through a 'natural' opening behind the molars

10/31/2011
Exparel Approved for Post-Surgery Pain

Provides relief up to 72 hours