Misc. Surgery News

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4/21/2010
Study Finds Patients Breathe Easier After Weight-Loss Surgery

And they took 50 percent fewer prescription drugs for breathing problems

4/20/2010
Recordings of Pre-Surgery Meetings Ease Anxieties

For heart patients, practice refreshes memory and increases knowledge, study finds

4/19/2010
More Die After Colon Surgery at Teaching Hospitals: Study

Consider procedure and diagnosis when choosing facility, researchers advise

4/16/2010
'Love Handles' Can Come in Handy for Breast Reconstruction

Fat between waist and hip in thin, athletic mastectomy patients works, study suggests

4/16/2010
Device Avoids Open-Heart Surgery When Artificial Valve Fails

Inserting new valve within the valve might help high-risk patients, researchers say

4/15/2010
Safer Patients Mean Fewer Malpractice Suits

A drop in preventable injuries in California hospitals is linked to a decrease in patient lawsuits, study finds

4/14/2010
Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Childbirth Risks

Blood pressure problems fall 75 percent after procedure, study finds

4/13/2010
Corneal Transplant Not Hurt by Long Preservation Time

Finding on failure rates could aid surgeons who import donor tissue

4/9/2010
Scientists Grow Replacement Blood Vessels From Stem Cells

These grafts worked well in animals, but testing in humans is still a few years off

4/6/2010
Complex Spinal Operations Soar Despite Drawbacks

Greater hazard, no more benefit, experts say

4/5/2010
4/1/2010
Researchers Boost Post-Heart Attack Survival in Mice

Nerve growth factor therapy helped heal damaged heart muscle, study found

3/31/2010
New Insights Into Who's At Risk With Angioplasty

Guidelines based on national data point to those heart patients needing closest monitoring

3/31/2010
More Women Urged to Get Radiation After Mastectomy

Potentially lifesaving treatment is underused, study finds

3/31/2010
Parent in Recovery Room Tied to Behavior in Day Surgery Kids

No immediate benefit found, but positive results seen two weeks after, research shows

3/29/2010
Diabetics Face Higher Death Risk After Cancer Surgery

Study found they were 50% more likely to die in month following operation

3/26/2010
Preventive Mastectomy May Not Lower Risks

Breast cancer recurrence and survival rates don't improve, study finds

3/26/2010
Many With Breast Cancer Decide Too Soon to Remove Other Breast

Small study suggests that women often overestimate the odds that the tumor will spread

3/24/2010
Chemo May Boost Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery

Therapy improves outcome for some patients with operable disease, review finds

3/23/2010
Cesarean Rates Reach Record High

At least 32 percent of U.S. births are by C-section, up by 53 percent in a decade

3/18/2010
Implant Shows Promise for Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy

Pacemaker-like device cut frequency of seizures in study participants

3/17/2010
Risks of Kids' Surgeries May Not Stick With Parents

Despite giving 'informed consent,' many can't recall details, study finds

3/17/2010
Health Tip: Recovering From LASIK

What to expect after the eye surgery

3/17/2010
Stitching Wounds May Be Safer Than Stapling

Infection rate is higher with metal staples, review finds

3/16/2010
Stenting May Save Legs

Many with severe peripheral arterial disease can avoid amputation, researchers find

3/16/2010
Older Colon Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Chemo

Study found one in two went without, while 87% of younger patients got it after surgery

3/14/2010
Strides Seen in Orthopedic Surgery for Kids

Repairing ACL, meniscus at same time is one advance, 'Tommy John' elbow reconstruction another

3/10/2010
Cell Transplant May Help Treat Vitiligo

Surgery improved appearance of white patches due to skin disease, doctors say

3/9/2010
Recession May Mean Fewer Nips & Tucks

Breast augmentation, Botox still popular, but plastics surgeons' group cites 2% decline

3/9/2010
Doctor's Specialty Often Steers Prostate Cancer Care

Therapy choice is influenced by physicians' preferences, research suggests

3/4/2010
Radiation Most Effective Soon After Breast Cancer Surgery

Analysis finds greater risk of recurrence in those who delay it

3/1/2010
Health Tip: Who's a Good Candidate for LASIK?

People who are likely to benefit from the eye surgery

2/27/2010
Penicillin Allergy Might Not Include Related Antibiotic

Many facing surgery could still take cephalosporins if tested, study finds

2/26/2010
Stents May Be Effective Weapon Against Stroke

One study finds they are equal to artery-clearing surgery, but another trial does not

2/25/2010
Preventive Mastectomy in Opposite Breast Boosts Survival Only Slightly

Benefit largely for young women with early stage, ER-negative tumors, study finds

2/25/2010
Hospitals Urged to Start Recycling

Reused equipment is safe if sterilized, researchers say

2/25/2010
Removing Lymph Nodes May Boost Endometrial Cancer Survival

For medium- to high-risk women, more surgery is better, study shows

2/22/2010
Two Surgical Methods Equally Successful for Prostate Cancer

Comparison study of open and laparoscopic surgery found few differences in outcome

2/19/2010
Traumatic Amputations in Children Have High Costs

Better interventions could prevent trapped fingers in doors, expert says

2/19/2010
Surgery Alone May Thwart Stage 1 Lung Cancer

Chemo, radiation may not be necessary for early malignancy, study finds

2/19/2010
Health Tip: Selecting a Surgeon

Here's what to look for

2/18/2010
Kidneys From Older Donors Suitable for Seniors

More could be transplanted if doctors would put them on the list, study suggests

2/15/2010
Minorities Not Treated at Higher-Quality Centers

Study urges added effort to inform all patients about comparative data

2/15/2010
Repeated Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

As more people undergo bariatric procedures, use of revisions will grow, study finds

2/12/2010
Restrictions on Plasma From Female Donors May Need Revisiting

In a surprise, heart patients who received male donors' plasma had worse outcomes, study found

2/12/2010
Bill Clinton Back Home After Heart Procedure

His doctor says ex-president could be back to work by Monday, four days after having stents inserted into clogged coronary artery

2/10/2010
Physical Changes in Brain Linked to Altered Spirituality

Mind-body connection noted after surgical removal of tumors, study found

2/9/2010
Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Kids May Have Genetic Cause

Future treatments might come in the form of a throat spray, researchers say

2/5/2010
Surgeons Suffering Work-Related Injuries

Laparoscopy responsible for 'pending epidemic,' researchers say

2/5/2010
Agricultural Chemical Spray Linked to Birth Defect Risk

Infant abdominal hernia rates higher near farms using atrazine, research shows