Misc. Surgery News

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10/12/2011
Blacks Fare Worse Than Whites After Colon Cancer Surgery

Researchers say various factors, including biology and health care access, may be to blame

10/6/2011
Many Medicare Patients Get Surgeries in Last Year of Life: Study

Wide variations seen in number of procedures, depending on region where patient lives

10/6/2011
Anemia Could Add to Surgical Risks

Likelihood of complications, death higher for patients with this blood disorder, study says

10/3/2011
General Anesthesia Does Not Boost Cancer Risk, Study Finds

New research doesn't support previous reports of a link between cancer and anesthesia

10/3/2011
Could Surgery, Anesthesia While Very Young Hamper Kids' Development?

Study suggests link for multiple procedures for those under 2, but more research needed

9/30/2011
Small Study Links Surgery and Anesthesia With Alzheimer's

Post-op changes in cerebral spinal fluid may indicate progression of brain disease, experts say

9/27/2011
Surgeon Experience Matters in Neck Artery Procedure: Study

Patient death rate within 30 days higher if doctor has less experience with carotid stenting

9/27/2011
Spinal Surgery Riskier for Certain Patients, Study Finds

Researchers pinpoint factors that make some more vulnerable to complications after surgery

9/26/2011
Check Plastic Surgeon's Credentials or Risk Tragic Results, Experts Warn

Some doctors lack training and certification, botch operations, plastic surgeons say

9/23/2011
Most Patients Want Experienced Surgeons, Not Trainees

Most support teaching hospitals, but few want a junior resident performing their operation

9/22/2011
Too Few Uninsured Women Get Info on Breast Reconstruction

All women should be informed of post-mastectomy options, researchers say

9/21/2011
Many Unaware of Plastic Surgery Options After Weight Loss Procedures

Plastic surgeons want follow-up 'body contouring' procedures to be covered by insurance

9/19/2011
Two Varicose Veins Treatments Equally Effective

Laser procedure was linked to better cosmetic outcome and blood flow, study found

9/17/2011
Gene Variant May Raise Death Risk After Heart Bypass

Finding may someday help doctors better assess patient's prognosis, study says

9/14/2011
More Mammograms Equal More Mastectomies: Study

But experts urge women to continue to get screened

9/7/2011
For Young Breast Cancer Patients, Breast-Conserving Therapy Appears Effective

Two studies find similar survival for women under 40 with a lumpectomy or a mastectomy

9/2/2011
Is Breast Reduction After Weight Loss Surgery Best?

Small study finds obese women tend to be unhappy with appearance if they get breast surgery first

9/1/2011
Babies Born With Heart Disease Often Harmed by Gut Bacteria

Toxins that get into blood can affect organ function in these vulnerable children, study finds

9/1/2011
Heart Disease May Pose Problems in Orthopedic Surgery Patients

Risk of clotting or bleeding complications higher among this group, study says

8/31/2011
Frailty May Threaten Melanoma Survival More Than Age

Findings could influence individual skin cancer treatment, researchers say

8/26/2011
C-Sections Linked to Doubled Risk for Blood Clots

Steps should be taken to prevent and monitor for clots in women at risk, experts say

8/18/2011
Surgeons Need Help Learning How to Deliver Bad News

Most have no formal training in doctor-patient communications, researchers say

8/17/2011
Method to Detect When Patients Wake During Surgery Fails to Impress

Tool looking at exhaled anesthesia superior to brain monitoring, study finds

8/17/2011
Ultrasound of Neck Arteries May Help Gauge Stroke Risk

But for those with no symptoms, surgery to unclog the arteries may be hazardous, experts say

8/16/2011
Central Catheters May Raise Risk of Blood Clots After Surgery

Researchers urge improved efforts to prevent deep vein thrombosis

8/12/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery Gains More Practitioners

Study also documents growth in less-invasive techniques, improved survival rates

8/12/2011
Many Men Underestimate Prostate Surgery Side Effects

Incontinence, impotence often worse than anticipated, study finds

8/11/2011
Chimp Attack Victim Reveals New Face

Three months after full transplant, Charla Nash thrilled to do 'things I once took for granted'

8/8/2011
Toe Deformities Should Be Treated Early: Experts

Delaying treatment can lead to other problems, such as skin infections, doctor says

8/5/2011
Gastric Bypass May Dampen Desire for High-Fat Foods

And that, researchers say, may help explain why the weight loss surgery works

8/5/2011
Need a New Hip? Someday You May Grow Your Own

Researchers say biological joints now in development could supplant today's artificial ones

7/20/2011
Rude Surgeons Hurt Patients, Increase Costs

Those who berate their staffs are practicing 'bad medicine,' experts say

7/20/2011
Fewer Surgical Errors Reported at VA Medical Facilities

Over three years, rate of 'highest harm' events decreased by 14 percent annually, study shows

7/19/2011
C-Section Rate in U.S. Climbs to All-Time High: Report

Cesareans should not be performed for the convenience of a woman or her doctor, expert says

7/15/2011
Rigorous Exercise May Boost Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery

Bariatric patients can improve physical fitness with regular workouts, study finds

7/11/2011
Adherence to Angioplasty/Stent Guidelines Lacking: Study

Many heart attack patients may undergo unnecessary, costly procedure, experts warn

7/8/2011
Obesity May Increase Risk of Surgical Complications

Inflammation, infection much more likely following elective procedures, study shows

7/8/2011
Men Who Smoke at Lower Risk of Joint Replacement: Study

Extra pounds, vigorous exercise linked to severe knee, hip problems, research also indicates

7/7/2011
Men Seem More Likely Than Women to Develop Hole in Knee Cartilage

Damage, which tends to occur after ACL injury, raises risk for osteoarthritis, researchers say

7/6/2011
U.S. Database of Breast Cancer Treatment May Be Inaccurate

SEER registry lacked records of radiation after surgery in 1 in 5 cases in two cities studied

7/5/2011
Study Finds Most Urgent Angioplasties Warranted

But only half of non-emergency artery-opening procedures were deemed appropriate

7/1/2011
Reconstruction Safe Right After Mastectomy: Study

Procedure doesn't unduly delay further cancer treatment, research finds

7/1/2011
Post-Op Nausea May Be Hereditary

Researchers hope to identify patients sensitive to anesthesia before surgery

6/30/2011
A Child's Surgery May Prompt Parents to Try to Quit Smoking

Exposure to secondhand smoke is especially harmful postsurgery, experts say

6/30/2011
Cotton Swabs Help Prevent Surgical Site Infections: Study

Daily use to probe incision site also reduced patient pain, hospital stay, researchers say

6/27/2011
Lab-Grown Blood Vessels Seem to Help Dialysis Patients

Early trial suggests these engineered grafts have promise, but more study needed

6/24/2011
Weight Loss Surgery May Cut Inflammation, Disease Risk

Gastric bypass seems to reduce risk factors linked to diabetes, heart disease, study finds

6/23/2011
Hospital Delays Tied to Racial Divide in Heart Attack Care

Black Americans tend to go to centers that take longer to transfer patients for treatment, study finds

6/23/2011
Less Invasive Colon Surgery Results in Fewer Blood Clots: Study

But laparoscopy may not be the better choice for cancer patients, expert says

6/20/2011
Most Medicare Patients With Cancer Get Good Surgical Care: Study

Nine out of 10 hospitals stuck to best-practices guidelines, researchers say