Misc. Surgery News

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ICU May Not Be Needed After Sleep Apnea Surgery

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

Depression Tied to Earlier Death in Heart Patients

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

Endoscopy May Be Better Than Surgery for Severe Pancreatic Infection

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

Seniors' Long-Term Use of Strong Painkillers a Concern

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

Married Heart Surgery Patients Live Longer

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

Health Tip: Caring for Baby After Circumcision

Advice to foster healing and prevent infection

When Unneeded, Induced Labor May Increase Complications

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

Drug Reduces Complications in Surgical Abortions: Study

But misoprostol does have side effects, large study found

When Drugs Fail, Surgery May Get Epilepsy Under Control

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

Weight-Loss Surgery Seems Safe for Kidney Disease Patients

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

Combining Heart Valve Repair With Bypass May Be Worthwhile

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

Skin Tests Catch Metal Sensitivity Before Joint Replacement

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

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

Some Kids' Surgery Should Include Staph Screening: Study

Antibiotic treatment prevented dangerous MRSA infection

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

15% of U.S. Surgeons Report Drinking Problems in Survey

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

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

Radiation After Lung Cancer Surgery Doesn't Help All: Study

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

Repeat C-Section Best Scheduled at 39 Weeks, Study Says

Operating sooner, later worse for babies, preliminary research finds

More Than 4 Million Americans Have New Knee

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

C-Sections Might Put Preemies at Risk for Breathing Problems

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

Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

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

Anesthesia in Early Childhood May Be Linked to ADHD

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

Stenting, Surgery Appear Comparable for Opening Neck Artery

Re-blockage rates similar for both procedures, study finds

Second Breast Cancer Surgery Sometimes Needed

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

Live Liver Donation Safer Than Previously Thought

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

Test Might Predict Risk of Lung Cancer's Return

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

Avastin May Be Helpful Before Breast Cancer Surgery

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

Many Breast Cancer Patients Uninformed About Options: Study

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

Experimental Blood Thinner Given Before Surgery Shows Benefit

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

Joint Replacement Patients Face Blood Clot Risk in Hospital

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

'Nose Job' May Make You Look a Bit Younger, Too: Study

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

More, Faster Weight Loss Seen With Gastric Bypass Than Banding

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

Music May Ease Anxiety, Pain in Prostate Biopsy Patients

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

Surgeons in Mid-Career Have Fewest Complications: Study

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

Surgery Seems Most Effective for Herniated Discs

And married people showed greatest improvement afterwards, study found

Kids Who Need Heart Surgery May Fare Better at Busier Hospitals

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

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Diabetes

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

Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths

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

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

U.S. Doctors Behind Face Transplants Give Details of Procedure

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

As Gastric Banding Increases, So May Complications

Puzzling respiratory symptoms require investigation, researchers say

Timing of Aquatic Therapy After Joint Replacement Matters

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

Study Finds Fewer Blood Transfusions Needed After Hip Surgeries

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

After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction Is Safe for Older Women

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

Few Women Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Study

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

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

New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

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

New Software Might Help Predict Difficult Childbirth

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

Lengthy Hospital Transfers May Hamper Heart Attack Care

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