Misc. Surgery News

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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

10/28/2009
Repairing Injured Lungs May Boost Organ Donations

Researchers also identify immune cells involved in tissue damage caused by smoking

10/26/2009
Liposuctioned Fat Can Be Used for Breast Augmentation

Method may be safe alternative to implants, researchers say

10/23/2009
Anesthesia, Exertional Heat Deaths May Be Linked

Malignant hyperthermia occurs with extreme exercise, not just surgery, researchers find

10/23/2009
After Tonsillectomy, Short-Term Antibiotics Effective: Study

Three-day course relieves pain as well as seven-day regimen, researchers find

10/21/2009
Super Obesity Ups Risk of Dying After Weight-Loss Surgery

Deaths also more common among those with chronic diseases, study finds

10/19/2009
PSA 'Nanotest' May Spot Prostate Cancer's Return After Surgery

Screen could boost accuracy but is still years away from approval, experts say

10/19/2009
Some People Vulnerable to Persistent Post-Op Pain

Surgical and patient-specific factors play a role, researchers say

10/19/2009
Easy Way to Prevent Post-Op Nausea?

Administering dextrose right after surgery quells upset stomach, researchers say

10/17/2009
Post-Traumatic Stress May Raise Death Risks

Veterans with disorder more likely to die within a year of major surgery, study finds

10/16/2009
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Women

Ability to have children is important to many who undergo weight-reduction surgery, study finds

10/16/2009
Transplant May Treat Metabolic Disorders in Womb

Cord-blood stem cells given early in pregnancy might save infants most at risk, researchers say

10/16/2009
New FDA Study Seeks Feedback on Lasik Surgery

Warnings issued to 17 centers for lax reporting of procedure-related adverse events

10/16/2009
Docs May Be Overdoing Some Invasive Procedures

For certain patients with renal artery stenosis, medication may be enough, researchers say

10/14/2009
More MRI Machines May Mean More Back Surgeries

But many of these procedures will not help patients, researchers warn

10/14/2009
Fine-Tuning Prosthetic Hands to Restore a Sense of Touch

In rats, researchers create junction between brain and device

10/13/2009
Impotence, Incontinence Risk Casts Doubt on High-Tech Prostate Surgery

Marketing is buoying use of the technique, researchers say, but surgeon's experience is key

10/13/2009
Study Compares Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Methods

Ongoing research finds better short-term results for endovascular repair than for open surgery

10/13/2009
Mastectomy Not First Choice for Most Breast Cancer Patients

Three-fourths opt for breast-conserving treatments instead, study finds

10/13/2009
Tired Doctors More Prone to Errors

Long shifts, little sleep raise complication rate for practicing physicians, study finds

10/12/2009
Coach K: Osteoarthritis Can Be Beaten

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski overcame potentially crippling foe

10/7/2009
Early Defibrillator After Heart Attack May Not Pay Off

European study finds no survival difference for those with, without device

10/7/2009
2nd Knee Surgery Common Among Young Patients

More active life raises risk for repeated rupture, researchers suspect

10/6/2009
Transplant Patients Should Be Monitored for Ear Infection

Transplantation failure can result from symptomless otitis media, research finds

10/6/2009
Most Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies

But pregnancies should be closely monitored, researchers say

10/5/2009
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study

Researchers say cases go up in the warm-weather months when ozone is highest

10/5/2009
Focused Radiation Protects Tumor Patients' Brain Function

Researchers recommend standard treatment with monitoring over whole-brain radiotherapy

10/2/2009
Drug May Help Colitis Patients Avoid Surgery

Infliximab linked to fewer colectomies in study patients

10/2/2009
Delaying Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Teens at Risk

Acting before kids gain more improves outcomes, study shows

10/1/2009
Heart-Pacing Devices Hold Promise for Heart Failure

Defibrillators, pacemakers offer benefits for patients with milder forms of the condition, study suggests