Misc. Surgery News

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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

2/23/2011
Spinal Fusion Surgery May Leave Some Back Pain Patients Worse Off: Study

Those who got operation were less likely to return to work than those treated in other ways

2/21/2011
Kids With Perforated Appendix May Benefit From Early Surgery

Benefits include less time lost, fewer complications, study finds

2/21/2011
Going 'Green' May Cut Hospital Costs

Even surgical staff can reduce waste without harming patients, study says

2/21/2011
Gastric Bypass Best for Weight Loss, Study Finds

Also better than lap-banding, sleeve surgery at improving, eliminating type 2 diabetes

2/21/2011
Study Finds Too Many Surgical Breast Biopsies Performed

More U.S. women with abnormal mammograms should be getting less invasive needle biopsies, experts note

2/20/2011
Weight Loss Surgery May Cut Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Obese patients who lost 57 pounds in 6 months saw significant improvements, study finds

2/19/2011
Views on Pitchers' Elbow Surgery Called 'Disturbing'

Survey finds effect of pitch counts underestimated, benefits overestimated

2/18/2011
That Squeaking Sound Might Come From Your New Hip

Noise can arise from ceramic hip replacements, but experts say users shouldn't be alarmed

2/16/2011
In-Hospital Blood Sugar Levels Should Be Higher: Report

New recommendations slightly higher than those of leading diabetes group

2/11/2011
Facial Surgery May Offer Long-Term Migraine Relief for Some

But it should be used only as a 'last resort,' expert cautions

2/9/2011
Fetal Surgery Could Boost Outcomes in Severe Spina Bifida

Delicate in utero procedure cut rates of disability, but does come with risks, study finds

2/9/2011
Not All Birthmarks Harmless, Expert Says

Because of size and potential growth pattern, some may need dermatologist's assessment

2/8/2011
Removing Many Lymph Nodes in Early Breast Cancer Not Always Needed: Study

With lumpectomy and radiation, only taking out one or two did not harm survival

2/8/2011
Heart Enzymes May Predict Outcome After Bypass Surgery

Elevated levels linked to increased risk of death, researchers say

2/7/2011
As Economy Picks Up, So Do Number of Nips & Tucks

Facelifts alone jumped by 9% in 2010, plastic surgeons' groups says

2/3/2011
Minorities With Severe Leg Blockages at Higher Risk of Amputation

Study finds they tend to have lower incomes, seek care at smaller hospitals

2/3/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery May 'Remodel' Heart

Structural changes signal a less stressed, more normal heart muscle, but more research needed, experts say

2/1/2011
Children May Pack on Pounds After Tonsillectomy

Doctors should consider patient's weight before resorting to surgery, researcher says

1/31/2011
Drowsiness May Decline After Apnea Surgery

Small study finds daytime as well as nighttime improvement

1/28/2011
Will Loss of Lethal Injection Drug Harm Surgical Patients?

Experts note Pentothal safer anesthesia than newer alternatives for some

1/26/2011
If NFL Linemen Can Bounce Back from Back Surgery, So Can You

Study found most were able to resume their playing careers

1/26/2011
FDA Says Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

Risk to any one patient is small, but women and their doctors should be made aware, agency says