Misc. Surgery News

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2/4/2010
With C-Section, Stitches May Be Best

More complications noted with staples than sutures, study finds

2/3/2010
Organ Transplant Drug Keeps Immune System in Check

In lab tests, it fights rejection and reduces need for immunosuppressive meds, study finds

1/29/2010
Health Tip: Who's a Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

People for whom the surgery may be recommended

1/28/2010
CT Scans Reduce Unneeded Appendectomies in Women

Procedure helps avoid misdiagnosis in those under 45

1/28/2010
'Mirror Therapy' Appears to Reduce Post-Amputation Pain

Technique tricks soldiers' brains into believing their limbs are intact, researchers say

1/28/2010
Injections May Boost Knee Surgery Success

Patients with torn meniscus plus arthritis recover better when given sodium hyaluronate, study finds

1/26/2010
Amputation Affects Sexes Differently

Women report more anxiety, trouble with daily living, study finds

1/26/2010
Intensive Rectal Cancer Treatment Shows Promise

Tumors were downstaged in most patients following chemo-surgery regimen, researchers say

1/25/2010
Prostate Cancer Care Varies By Hospital Type

Private facilities less likely to opt for surgery than county hospitals, research shows

1/21/2010
Smokers More Prone to Long-Term Prescription Painkiller Use

Opioid abuse is a risk for patients with back pain, researchers say

1/19/2010
Excess Weight Poses Anesthesia Challenge

Obese patients can take steps to minimize risk, experts say

1/18/2010
Traditional Surgery Not Always Best for Abdominal Aneurysm

A minimally invasive technique works better in some cases, researchers say

1/18/2010
For Very Obese, Gastric Bypass May Extend Life

Decision-making depends on comparing benefits vs. risks, researchers say

1/18/2010
Study Questions Need for Emergency Appendectomies

Appendicitis may have viral origins, researchers suggest

1/15/2010
Race, Weight May Influence Success of Prostate Surgery

Among diabetic men undergoing prostatectomy, obese whites have worse outcomes, study finds

1/13/2010
Therapy May Relieve Breast Cancer Surgery Complication

Early physical therapy prevented or reduced secondary lymphedema in study patients

1/7/2010
Slim Risk of Death After Joint Replacement

Mortality risk highest within first 26 days after hip or knee surgery, study finds

1/6/2010
Two Methods Help Prevent Infections After Surgery

Nasal swabs, skin washes with antiseptics improve odds, studies show

1/1/2010
Might Surgical Weight Loss Put Bones at Risk?

Experts consider possible causes after study finds high fracture rate

1/1/2010
Sinus Surgery Brings Relief to Many

Study found 76% of sinusitis sufferers felt better afterwards

12/31/2009
Procedure Boosts Outcomes in Implantable Defibrillator Patients

Catheter-based cardiac tissue clearing cuts recurrence of a dangerous heart arrhythmia, study finds

12/28/2009
Bedside Exam Trumps Scan for Post-Brain Surgery Monitoring

Doctors beat CT at detecting need for another operation, research shows

12/23/2009
Post-Surgical Risks Highest in Older Adults

After common abdominal operations, likelihood of death rises with age, study finds

12/21/2009
U.S. Births Reach Record High

Teen deliveries and infant mortality remain areas of concern

12/18/2009
Post-Surgery Infection Can Add $60,000 to Hospital Bill

Patients often need three more weeks' hospitalization, study finds

12/14/2009
Shoulder Repair Technique Borrows From Cadavers

After frequent dislocations, 'sculpting' procedure may be long-term solution, researchers say

12/14/2009
After Lumpectomy, Radiation Rates Lower for Black Women

Racial disparities seen for 'standard-of-care' breast cancer treatment, study finds

12/8/2009
Many Dialysis Patients Get Wrong Blood Thinners for Angioplasty

Some docs not following FDA directive urging against use of Lovenox, Integrilin, study shows

12/8/2009
Injections Aren't Solution for Retained Placenta: Study

Oxytocin shots fail to improve outcome for women with serious childbirth complication

12/4/2009
Timing of Multiple-Ligament Knee Surgery May Not Matter

Outcomes same whether procedure done immediately or 3 weeks later, study shows

12/4/2009
Blood Clot Threat After Surgery Worse Than Thought

Risk continues for 12 weeks and includes minimally invasive procedures, study finds

12/1/2009
CT Scan May Predict Colon Cancer Survival

Could identify those who would benefit from liver surgery after chemo, study finds

11/25/2009
Stenting May Equal Bypass for Diabetic Heart Patients

But study follow-up period was too short to draw definite conclusions, experts say

11/25/2009
Cetuximab Helps Treat Colorectal Cancer

Drug plus chemo boosts surgery success for patients with liver lesions, researchers find

11/24/2009
Angioplasty Outcomes May Vary Little Between Hospitals

In-hospital death rates didn't differ greatly between high- and low-volume centers, study found

11/23/2009
Missing Gene Tied to Bone Marrow Transplant Problems

Variation can cause donated cells to attack recipient's tissue, study finds

11/19/2009
Errors in Surgical Procedures Persist

Poor communication causes most mistakes in and out of operating room, VA study shows

11/19/2009
Health Tip: Recovering From C-Section

What new moms can expect

11/18/2009
Morphine May Help Tumors Spread in Cancer Patients

Lab study finds that common surgical painkillers help cancer cells thrive

11/17/2009
Viagra Helpful for Children With Heart Defect

Pumping ability improved with sildenafil in study group

11/17/2009
Face Transplant Patient Can Smell, Taste, Breathe Normally

Nearly a year after groundbreaking surgery, gunshot victim continues to show improvement

11/16/2009
New Wiring Adds Risk When Replacing Pacemaker

Complications most likely when new lead is needed in heart devices, researchers find

11/12/2009
Quitting Smoking Simplifies Surgical Recovery

Fewer complications, speedier healing awaits ex-smokers, experts say

11/11/2009
Surgery Not Always Best for Narrowed Kidney Arteries

Study finds medication works as well in certain people, without the risks

11/10/2009
Breast Cancer May Be Gone, But Pain Lingers

Nearly half of patients have chronic pain, researchers find

11/10/2009
Statins May Stave Off Gallstones

But prescribing them for protection would be questionable, expert says

11/10/2009
Laser Eye Surgery Safe Long-Term: Study

No difference seen in annual rate of cell loss, researchers say

11/9/2009
Cataract Surgery Doesn't Worsen Macular Degeneration: Study

Link likely due to fact that both eye conditions are age-related, researchers say

11/4/2009
Poorer Outcomes After 'Off-Pump' Bypass Surgery

Keeping patients on the heart-lung machine improved survival, study found

10/30/2009
Surgery, Illness Not Linked to Mental Decline in Seniors

New findings contradict previous reports of increased risks of dementia