Misc. Surgery News

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5/25/2011
'Fat Transfer' Gets Early Safety OK in Breast Reconstruction

Researcher says it's still too early for definitive take on cancer recurrence

5/20/2011
Robotic Surgery Oversold on Hospital Websites, Study Contends

Like any procedure, outcome depends on surgeon's skill, expert says

5/19/2011
Rep. Giffords Recovering After Skull Surgery

She received implant to replace piece of skull removed to accommodate brain swelling after shooting

5/18/2011
Rep. Giffords to Get Skull Patch in Latest Step in Recovery

Wounded congresswoman had piece of skull removed to accommodate brain swelling, expert explains

5/18/2011
Are Affluent Women More Apt to Choose C-Section?

Scottish study finds equality between social classes for emergency deliveries, but not elective ones

5/17/2011
Pills, Surgery Both Effective for Chronic Reflux: Study

Each approach seems to ease condition, each has pluses and minuses, experts say

5/17/2011
Surgery Viable for Advanced Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

After removal of their prostate gland, 80% of patients survived 20 years

5/17/2011
Obese People at Higher Risk of Infection After Colon Surgery

Study found they were 60% more likely to have problems at surgical site

5/16/2011
Cardiac Rehab Can Boost Survival After Angioplasty, Study Finds

But not enough patients take advantage of these programs, experts say

5/13/2011
Brain Surgery for Mary Tyler Moore to Remove Benign Tumor

Experts say meningioma is typically benign and operation is routine

5/11/2011
Vaginal Mesh Surgery Effective for Bladder Prolapse Repair: Report

But, study finds higher rates of serious complications vs. standard procedure

5/10/2011
Shortage of Anesthetics Reported

98% of anesthesiologists had trouble obtaining at least one drug within past year, survey finds

5/9/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery Seems No Riskier for Seniors

Study found few differences in adverse events, mortality, though hospital stay was longer

5/9/2011
Risk for Problem Drinking May Rise After Gastric Bypass

Study founds odds were nearly double compared to those who got other weight-loss procedures

5/9/2011
Gastric Bypass May Help Prevent Heart Disease in Teens: Study

Cholesterol levels improved even better in young patients than adults, study found

5/9/2011
Best Heart Transplant Outcomes Seen at High-Volume Centers

High-risk patients urged to seek care at hospitals where teams are most familiar with the surgery

5/6/2011
Surgery May Beat Antibiotics for Appendicitis, Study Finds

But the drugs should be tried first in uncomplicated cases, an expert says

5/3/2011
Heart Bypass Surgery Rates Drop Dramatically, Study Finds

But researchers say it's still the best option for certain patients

5/3/2011
Women Often Deprived of Life-Saving Heart Procedures: Study

Doctors more likely to perform angioplasty, heart surgery on men, researchers say

4/29/2011
Breast Cancer Recurrence Rates Appear Different When Radiation Used

Early finding shows fewer local recurrences in short term, more invasive recurrences in long run

4/29/2011
Most Cancer Survivors Would Sacrifice Healthy Breast Again: Study

20 years after double mastectomy, 97% say they would make same decision

4/27/2011
New Clues to How Gastric Bypass Surgery Combats Diabetes

Levels of amino acids linked to insulin resistance drop right after procedure

4/27/2011
No Long-Term Effects Seen From Anesthesia in Infancy

Study offers reassurance for parents of babies who need surgery, but more research urged

4/21/2011
When Size Matters, Men Can Turn to Penile Extenders: Study

Technique is non-invasive, effective, researchers claim

4/19/2011
Shorter Hospital Stays, More Readmissions After Hip Replacements

Many patients also discharged to skilled nursing facilities, long-term analysis of Medicare data shows

4/19/2011
Breast Implants, Lymphoma Link Seen

RAND researchers don't find cause and effect, however

4/18/2011
People With DNR Orders More Apt to Die After Any Surgery

Death and complication rate higher even in non-emergency procedures, study found

4/18/2011
Hungover Surgeons Make More Mistakes: Study

In simulated surgeries, students and experts who drank excessively the night before performed more poorly

4/13/2011
Donor Lungs Kept Alive Outside Body

Technique could dramatically increase number of lungs available for transplant, says surgeon

4/9/2011
Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis Seems Effective Years Later: Study

Spines remain healthy a decade after surgery, researchers say

4/8/2011
Could Stomach 'Pacemaker' Be New Weight-Loss Tool?

Not yet approved in the U.S, the device sends tiny impulses to nerves to signal fullness sooner

4/6/2011
Weight Linked to Complications in Some Hysterectomy Patients

Bleeding, infections more likely in obese and underweight women, study finds

4/5/2011
Implantable Device May Lower Tough-to-Treat Hypertension

Electrical jolt tricks body into regulating blood pressure, researchers say

4/4/2011
Clamp Device for Leaky Heart Valve Seems Effective

Small study suggests MitraClip may help some with mitral regurgitation avoid open-heart surgery

4/4/2011
Bypass Surgery Best for Some Heart Failure Patients

It may be better than medication alone, researchers report

4/4/2011
Minimally Invasive Heart-Valve Procedure Shows Promise: Study

FDA approval still pending; at least one doctor says it's not ready for widespread use

3/29/2011
Nerve Block Treatment May Ease Stubborn High Blood Pressure

Procedure normalized levels in 39% of patients with resistant hypertension, early research shows

3/28/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Migraine Pain in Obese Patients

Frequency of disabling headaches was reduced for more than half, small study finds

3/28/2011
Teens' Weight Loss Surgery May Weaken Bones

Benefits may still exceed risks, but experts urge caution for young patients

3/28/2011
'Surgeon Enthusiasm' May Spur Higher Rates of Back Pain Procedures: Study

The number of these operations varies widely across the U.S, researchers point out

3/21/2011
Eye Surgery May Benefit Some Patients With Facial Paralysis

Treatment to close the eye improves comfort, quality of life, small study says

3/21/2011
40% of Gastric Banding Patients Have Complications

Nearly half must have the weight-loss bands removed years later, small Belgian study finds

3/21/2011
Pressure to Look Young May Be Sending More Men to Plastic Surgeons

Report finds increase in range of cosmetic procedures among American males

3/16/2011
Bypass Surgery, Stents Seem to Bring Same Level of Relief

Certain heart patients fare equally well, researchers report

3/16/2011
Gastric Bypass Patients Take Longer to Process Alcohol, Study Finds

They should not drink and drive, experts say

3/15/2011
Hospital Referral Program May Not Improve Surgery Outcome

Initiative to increase use of high-volume facilities has negligible results, study finds

3/14/2011
Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery May Outweigh Risks for Some, Experts Say

American Heart Association statement points to heart health improvements in severely obese people

3/14/2011
No Complications From Quitting Smoking as Surgery Nears: Study

And quitting is always a good idea, researchers add

3/7/2011
Early Rehab May Help Speed Recovery After Knee Surgery

Joint replacement patients who began therapy within 24 hours were discharged sooner: study

2/28/2011
For Severe Sinusitis, Oral Steroids an Option, Study Says

But experts note that the drugs, while beneficial, run the risk of side effects