Misc. Surgery News

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1/20/2011
Sleep Study May Be Advisable Before Removing Tonsils, Adenoids

The point is to identify children likely to have post-op respiratory complications, study says

1/19/2011
Small Spreads of Breast Cancer May Not Affect Survival

Second, more invasive testing procedure not always needed, study finds

1/18/2011
Vein-Opening Treatment for MS Stirs Controversy

Preliminary research shows it may reduce fatigue, but intense doubt remains

1/18/2011
Many Surgeons Have Contemplated Suicide, Study Finds

Being older, divorced or having committed medical mistake recently all raised risk

1/17/2011
Worsening Depression Adds to Heart Failure Risks: Study

Routine mental health screening for heart patients may be 'prudent,' researchers say

1/13/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Incontinence in Women

Study finds no improvement in men's urological, sexual functioning

1/13/2011
Bottle Rockets Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries in Kids

Protective eyewear urged, even for bystanders, whenever these fireworks are used

1/11/2011
Arm Artery No Better Than Leg Vein for Heart Bypass, Study Finds

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery outcome was the same, researchers say

1/11/2011
Therapy May Help Cut Incontinence After Prostate Surgery

Bladder control improves among men with at least year-long problem, study finds

1/7/2011
Motivation May Affect Timing on Return to Work With a New Knee

Resumption of activity depends more on the patient than the type of job, study finds

1/7/2011
Breast Cancer Outcome: Your Doctor Matters

Study finds treatment variations account for up to 30 percent of disease recurrence

1/6/2011
No Surgery for Moderate Tonsillitis, New Guidelines Say

Experts draft standards to help doctors identify, manage tonsillectomy patients

1/4/2011
Many May Get Unneeded Implantable Defibrillators

More attention to guidelines could reduce unnecessary procedures, experts say

12/29/2010
Doctors Urged to Admit Fatigue Before Performing Surgery

Proposed new rules suggest informing patients, requesting consent before procedure

12/29/2010
Researchers Find Links Between Sleep, Anesthesia and Coma

Each might shed light on the other, study authors report

12/29/2010
Anesthesiologists Spreading Germs During Surgery: Study

Expert calls for more compliance with hand-washing guidelines before operations

12/22/2010
New Anti-Clotting Drug May Work Better After Hip Replacement

In clinical trial, apixaban was linked to fewer blood clots than commonly used older drug

12/22/2010
Timely Surgery Appears to Cut Infection Risk, Costs

Elective procedures should be performed on the day of admittance, researchers suggest

12/22/2010
Recurrence of Oral Cancer Found to Signal Poor Outcome

Prognosis varies by timing and location of disease, study suggests

12/20/2010
C-Sections Continue 12-Year Climb: U.S. Report

But overall birth rate dips, possibly because of sagging economy, expert says

12/9/2010
Weight-Lifting After Breast Cancer Won't Cause Lymphedema, Study Finds

And it might actually be beneficial, researchers say

12/3/2010
U.S. Needs National Registry for Joint Replacement Devices: Study

Kaiser registry of 80,000 helps notify patients of device recalls, researchers find

11/30/2010
Study Backs 'Active Surveillance' for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

But the alternative to immediate treatment isn't for all men, researchers say

11/29/2010
Peripheral Arterial Surgery Outcomes Worse for Women: Study

Higher risk of death, complications compared with men, researchers found

11/29/2010
Shortage of On-Call Trauma Surgeons in U.S. Hospitals: Poll

Survey of emergency department directors finds coverage in many facilities is inadequate

11/23/2010
Less Invasive Lung Cancer Staging Looks Promising

Procedure could cut chest surgeries by 50 percent, researchers say

11/23/2010
Implanted Heart Devices Have 'Real-World' Benefits: Study

Remote monitoring of ICD and CRT devices seems to improve survival even more, researchers say

11/19/2010
Computer Imaging Adds to 'Nose Job' Satisfaction: Study

Rhinoplasty patients who previewed their new nose before surgery were happiest with results

11/18/2010
Study Reports More Precise Way to Remove Cataracts

But experts wonder whether that precision will translate into better results

11/15/2010
Sponges, Surgical Tools Sometimes Left in Kids After Operation

Such mishaps are rare but to family 'one event like this is too many,' study author says

11/10/2010
Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study

Every hospital should start using checklists to safeguard against errors, experts say

11/10/2010
Could a Prostate Cancer Treatment Raise Colon Cancer Risk?

Study finds link between hormone Rx, colorectal tumors, but absolute risk is small, experts say

11/9/2010
Scientists Say They've Made Blood From Skin

Discovery could benefit surgical, cancer, anemia patients, researchers say

11/9/2010
Silicone Implants Preferred by Mastectomy Patients: Survey

Saline less satisfactory, according to breast cancer survivors who had reconstructive surgery

11/5/2010
Falls, Not Gunshot, May Be Hunters' Biggest Threat

Most accidents involve tumbles from tree stands, study finds

11/4/2010
Hemophilia Drug Used Off-Label Raises Clot Risk

Those without blood disorder who were given it were twice as likely to have trouble, review found

11/2/2010
Long Hours Put Surgeons, Patients at Risk, Study Suggests

Many surgeons working more than 80 hours a week burned out, depressed, making errors

10/26/2010
Primary Care MDs at Low End of Pay Scale, Study Finds

Fatter wages needed to stem thinning ranks, researchers say

10/26/2010
Gene Mutations May Blunt Plavix's Effectiveness, Study Finds

Variants can jeopardize success of stent placement procedures, researchers say

10/25/2010
Radiation Before Surgery May Prevent Return of Rectal Cancer

Study found risk of recurrence 10 years later was cut nearly in half

10/21/2010
New Finding Suggests Safe Surgical Margins When Removing Breast Cancers

When 2mm margin of healthy tissue taken, no residual disease found in 98 percent of patients

10/19/2010
Lessons From Flight Crews Can Help Surgical Teams Work Better

Pre-op briefings and checklists cut deaths at VA hospitals, study found

10/19/2010
Depression, Anxiety May Raise Surgery Risks

Death rate slightly higher in patients with psychiatric illness, study finds

10/19/2010
Aspirin, Statins May Reduce Problems After Heart Surgery

Aspirin may prevent heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure while statins cut risk of death, studies found

10/19/2010
Web Site for Hospital Comparisons Is Faulty: Study

Data is insufficient for identifying high-quality surgical facilities, researchers say

10/18/2010
Invasive Dentistry May Raise Short-Term Heart, Stroke Risk

But it's still safer to treat gum disease than not, experts say

10/18/2010
New Guidelines Issued for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's

Experts publish consensus with ultimate goal of improving patients' lives

10/18/2010
Hospital Collaboration May Boost Surgical Patient Safety

Sharing data on successful medical practices helped cut complication rates, study found

10/18/2010
Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds

Not following protocol, 'culture' in the operating room contributes to the problem, experts say

10/18/2010
Even Well-Controlled Diabetes May Present Post-Surgery Risk

Study also finds high blood sugar levels in non-diabetics ups death risk