Misc. Surgery News

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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

10/12/2010
Heart Surgery Patients Do Fine With Fewer Blood Transfusions: Study

But transfusion rates vary widely around the nation, a second study finds

10/8/2010
Weight-Loss Surgery for Teens May Be Gaining Advocates

Some believe it's the only way to save the super-obese

10/8/2010
Many Orthopedic Surgery Patients Low on Vitamin D

Levels should be brought up to normal before operation, researchers say

10/7/2010
Denser Breasts Raise Odds of Second Breast Cancer, Study Finds

And risk looks stronger for the opposite breast

10/5/2010
Sensors in Surgical Sponges May Mean Fewer Left Behind

Radio-frequency tags plus counting could improve patient safety, surgeons report

9/27/2010
Surgery a Help for Aggressive Prostate Cancer: Study

Researchers report radical prostatectomy can extend survival rates

9/24/2010
Post-Op Pain May Be Due to Immune Reaction: Study

Nerve inflammation, not surgeon error, may be to blame, researchers say

9/24/2010
Surgery to Widen Neck Arteries Cuts 10-Year Stroke Risk: Study

But modest benefits may not justify risk from operation in some patients, expert says

9/23/2010
Quality of Care at U.S. Hospitals Shows Improvement

Latest analysis by Joint Commission finds 'encouraging' rates of performance

9/22/2010
New Procedure for Aortic Valve Replacement Looks Promising

Less-invasive option may help patients who can't withstand open-heart surgery

9/22/2010
Surgery May Be Best for Irregular Heartbeat in Young

Ablation procedure lets atrial fibrillation patients under 45 avoid long-term meds, expert says

9/21/2010
Delayed Appendicitis Surgery Not Linked to Worse Outcomes

Operating time and hospital stays slightly longer, but differences not clinically significant, study finds

9/21/2010
Study IDs Risk Factors for Blood Clots After Hip Surgery

Presence of other diseases may play role, but not age or gender, researchers find

9/21/2010
Nasal Problems, Asymmetry Top Reasons for 2nd Nose Job

Common requests are to make nose tip symmetrical, improve breathing, study finds

9/21/2010
High Blood Sugar Levels Increase Infection Risk From General Surgery

Reducing high blood glucose might bring down odds of surgical site infection, researchers say

9/20/2010
Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Now or Later?

More complications in women who get immediate reconstruction but need radiation later, study finds

9/20/2010
Gastric Band Surgery Rising Among Obese Teens

More research needed on long-term safety, effectiveness, researchers say

9/14/2010
Gender Differences Seen After Aortic Valve Surgery

Enlarged hearts shrink faster in women, researchers find

9/14/2010
Medical Study Authors Often Fail to Disclose Industry Ties

Lax reporting of device makers' payments to researchers are cause for concern, report says

9/13/2010
Operating Soon After Hip Fractures May Save Lives

Risk of death rises with delay, study finds

9/10/2010
Stenting Riskier for Older Patients With Blocked Carotid Artery

But for folks under 70, stents and surgery have similar outcomes, study finds

9/8/2010
Elderly May Benefit From Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery

Significant pain reduction reported by 96% after operation to repair rotator cuff tears, researchers find

9/8/2010
Many Heart Patients Place False Hope in Angioplasty

In non-emergency scenarios, the artery-opening procedure won't prevent heart attack, experts note

9/3/2010
Lower Risk of Surgery Than Thought for Kids With Crohn's

More study needed on early treatments to alter the course of the bowel disease, researchers say

9/3/2010
Talks With Plastic Surgeon Urged Before Mastectomy

Where woman goes for treatment may influence breast reconstruction decision, study suggests

9/2/2010
Many Americans Don't Even Know They're Fat

Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds 30 percent of those overweight think they're normal size