Misc. Surgery News

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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

2/5/2010
Health Tip: Getting Cardiac Rehabilitation

Who may need this type of therapy

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