Misc. Surgery News

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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

Older Women Have More Post-Surgical Breast Reduction Infections

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

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

More Blacks Die in Hospital After Diverticulitis Surgery

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

Surgery May Boost Survival With Dangerous Heart Condition

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

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

Colon Surgery Linked to High Readmission Rates

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

Painkiller Dependence Before Knee Surgery May Slow Recovery

Researchers suggest weaning patients off opioids before procedure is performed

Sunken Chest Demands Prompt Evaluation, Expert Says

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

Losing Weight May Help Fight Gum Disease

Obese people who shed pounds showed improvements in gum health

Pneumonia Most Common Infection After Heart Surgery

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

New Bypass Surgery for Stroke Riskier Than Drug Treatment

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

Timing May Be Key to Successful Back Surgery

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

Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients

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

FDA OKs Heart Valve That Does Not Require Open-Heart Surgery

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

Obese Women Face Higher Complication Risk After Breast Surgery

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

New Technique to Remove Skull Tumors May Mean Less Scarring

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

Exparel Approved for Post-Surgery Pain

Provides relief up to 72 hours

Thyroid Surgery Linked to Improved Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Many patients had less snoring after thyroidectomy, study finds

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies May Be Right for Some

Women who undergo procedure to ward off cancer may be among those best suited, study finds

Slower Walking Speed Linked to Surgical Risk in Elderly

Before surgery, older patients should be assessed differently than younger patients, researchers say

Illegal Silicone Buttock Injections Can Be Deadly: Experts

At least one woman died and others came close after illicit procedures from non-physicians

Breast Reconstruction Boosts Women's Emotional Well-Being: Study

Surgery using abdominal tissue led to rapid psychological recovery, but had physical side effects

Older Drivers More Cautious Than Younger Ones After Surgery

That makes older drivers safer drivers, experts say