Misc. Surgery News

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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

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