Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

9/30/2009
Surgical Deaths Linked to Handling of Complications

Staffing and hospital culture play a role, expert contends

9/28/2009
More Women Having Other Breast Removed

But experts say there's no proof that procedure extends survival of cancer patients

9/23/2009
Any Day OK for Heart Bypass Surgery

Timing has no effect on outcome, study finds

9/21/2009
Head, Neck Cancer Treatment Often Not Completed

Surgical patients more likely to finish radiation course, study finds

9/18/2009
Ulcer Preventative May Raise Pneumonia Risks

Trend seen in hospital patients also leads to higher costs, study finds

9/17/2009
Extended Antiviral May Benefit Kidney Transplant Patients

Risk of viral infection can be cut in half with 6 months of treatment, study finds

9/11/2009
Report Cards for Hospitals May Be Misleading

Ranking by death rates alone doesn't measure severity of cases, researchers say

9/9/2009
Some Parents Aren't Giving Kids Pain Meds Post-Surgery

Fears of addiction or underestimation of child's discomfort may be to blame, experts say

9/7/2009
Let Orthopedic Surgery Wait Until Morning When Possible

More minor complications seen with 'after-hours' procedures, study finds

9/3/2009
Family, Friends Influence Breast Cancer Decisions

Patients' supporters often play role in treatment discussions, study finds

9/1/2009
Two Treatments Equally Effective for Chronic Pelvic Pain

Nerve disruption no better than laparoscopic surgery, study finds

9/1/2009
New Therapy Spares Organ in Early Esophageal Cancer

Less invasive procedure shaves off lesions, researchers say

8/31/2009
New Robotic Arm Has Softer Surgical Touch

Device helps find tumors during minimally invasive surgery, researchers say

8/30/2009
Surgery Better Than Angioplasty for Narrowed Neck Artery

British study finds a reduced risk of stroke afterwards

8/26/2009
Advice Helps Prevent Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Patients benefit from information on how to reduce risk of lymphedema, experts say

8/21/2009
Good Trauma Program Boosts Patient Survival

Novices working under direction of senior surgeons have good results, study shows

8/19/2009
Post-Tonsillectomy Codeine May Pose Dangers

Pain medication tied to death of small boy after the procedure, report says

8/19/2009
Treatment May Limit Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Problem in stem-cell transplants is common when donor, recipient are not related

8/18/2009
Induced Labor May Prevent Need for Cesarean Section

Elective induction at 41 weeks led to fewer surgical deliveries, review shows

8/17/2009
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue

In study, water-soluble adhesive shows potential for repairing smashed bones

8/12/2009
Surgery for Neck Pain May Also Relieve Headaches

Operations had added benefit for majority of patients, survey found

8/11/2009
How Weight Loss Helps the Heart

Study found it reversed structural abnormalities seen among the obese

8/11/2009
Limb-Sparing Surgery May Offer Little Benefit to Cancer Patients

It doesn't affect quality of life in most cases, review finds

8/10/2009
Fertility Can Be Preserved in Ovarian Cancer Patients

Conservative approach worthwhile in young women with early-stage malignancy, study shows

8/8/2009
Good Planning Paves Way for Kid's Operation

Before your child undergoes surgery, follow these helpful tips

8/7/2009
Many Opt for Surgery to Lower Breast, Ovarian Cancer Risk

Women with BRCA gene mutations often choose preventive measures, study finds

8/5/2009
Surgery, 'Sham' Equal in Treating Compression Fracture Pain

Injecting cement into spine no better than placebo procedure, study finds

8/4/2009
No Link Found Between Birth Anesthesia and Learning Issues

Whether delivery was vaginal or C-section doesn't matter, study finds

8/4/2009
7/31/2009
Blood Transfusions Not Linked to Long-Term Problems

No evidence that cancer cells or other health conditions are spread, study finds

7/31/2009
Plastic Surgery Technique Might Ease Migraines

It targets facial muscles, nerves linked to headache, researchers explain

7/30/2009
Biomarker Could Predict Severe Osteoarthritis

Those with highest levels are more apt to have joint replacement, study finds

7/29/2009
Study Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safer Than Thought

Death risk only 0.3 percent, chances of serious complications 4.3 percent

7/28/2009
Heart Surgeon Shortage Predicted

Trend toward stenting rather than bypass could be a cause, expert says

7/27/2009
Many Heart Attack Patients Not Referred to Cardiac Rehab

Despite benefits, only slightly more than half get it, study shows

7/27/2009
Men Who Have Prostate Cancer Surgery Do Well

But study didn't determine value of any treatment vs. watchful waiting

7/27/2009
Radiation Plus Chemo a Good Option in Lung Cancer

Surgery alone not linked to improved survival in non-small-cell lung cancer study

7/21/2009
Female Surgeons Like What They Do, Survey Finds

But most say they'd prefer more flex time and balance in life

7/21/2009
Sleep Benefits From Tonsillectomy Peak at 6 Months

For kids with breathing issues, having tonsils removed helps most right after surgery

7/20/2009
Study Questions Lymph Node Harvesting in Colorectal Cancer

Removing more during surgery may not be needed, researchers say

7/15/2009
Vein Removal Method Linked to Bypass Results

More long-term problems seen with minimally invasive technique

7/15/2009
Gene Mutation Is Linked to Heart Muscle Disease

Findings shed light on understanding of dilated cardiomyopathy

7/15/2009
U.S. Face Transplant Patient Is Reportedly Doing Fine

Review of woman's case finds improvements in speech, functioning and appearance

7/14/2009
Heart Defect Spotted During Surgery May Not Need Repair

Those with patent foramen ovale don't seem to benefit from intervention, study finds

7/11/2009
Type of Knee Surgery Makes Difference in Football Career

Meniscus repair may cut playing time more than ACL reconstruction, findings show

7/10/2009
Shoulder Surgery Helps Athletes Get Back in the Game

Total joint replacement doesn't keep most people sidelined for long, study shows