Misc. Surgery News

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3/13/2009
Investigational Drug May Help Avert Blood Clots

Researchers say it works even when common blood thinners also are taken

3/13/2009
Drugs Before Stents for Stable Heart Disease, Study Says

Most important, expert says, is to aggressively try to reduce risk factors

3/10/2009
'Male Lumpectomy' May Help Some With Prostate Cancer

Procedure involves freezing tumor rather than removing entire gland

3/6/2009
Drug Could Make Melanoma More Vulnerable to Chemo

Compound disabled protein fueling tumor growth, making therapy more effective

3/6/2009
Rectal Cancer Outcomes Best With Short-Course Radiation

Even with latest surgical techniques, therapy should come first, studies suggest

3/3/2009
Men's Sex Lives May Suffer as Waistlines Expand

Gastric bypass surgery can restore function for obese males, study finds

2/26/2009
Joint Replacement Soars as Number of Docs Falls

Low reimbursement rates turning many young doctors off the specialty, researcher says

2/25/2009
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back

Technique called kyphoplasty may benefit those with vertebral fractures, study finds

2/20/2009
New Advances May Treat Stroke Faster, Better

Innovations include 'brain stents' and a clot-busting drug delivered directly to the brain

2/16/2009
Teaching Hospitals' Post-Op Gains Not Extended to Blacks

Whites seem to benefit more from improved expertise after surgery, but reasons unclear, study finds

2/13/2009
Even Mismatched Cord Blood Can Help Kids

More patients, especially ethnic and racial minorities, could get transplants, study finds

2/12/2009
2 or More Sodas a Day Boost Women's Kidney Risks

They're twice as likely to show early damage, and study says it's likely all that sugar

2/10/2009
New Technology May Boost Artificial Arms

Surgery, computer allow better nerve link to brain, researchers say

2/6/2009
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Faces Tough Battle Against Pancreatic Cancer

Experts note high recurrence rate, even when malignancy is found early

2/5/2009
Cataract Surgery Doesn't Worsen AMD

Study says surgical advances may explain away the link seen in earlier research

2/3/2009
Therapy, Meds Best for Lumbar Low Back Pain

Barring complications, surgery can be avoided since most symptoms fade within 6 weeks, experts say

2/2/2009
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders

Arthroscopic surgery for athletes greatly reduces risk of recurring injury, study says

2/2/2009
Newer Sedative May Reduce Delirium in ICU Patients

Dexmedetomidine might become a new standard of care, researcher says

2/1/2009
A Checklist for Joint Replacement Surgery

Knowing what to expect before and after procedure aids healing, experts say

1/31/2009
Aggressive Treatment Effective in Kids' Brain Cancer

Newer radiotherapy delivery systems cut dose, side effects after rare disease surgery

1/30/2009
Outpatient Procedures on Rise, CDC Says

Number tripled from 1996 to 2006, to nearly two-thirds of surgeries

1/30/2009
Using C-Section Scars to Predict Future Deliveries

Measurements can indicate whether vaginal birth would be safe, study says

1/28/2009
Lung Transplant Outcomes Better at High-Volume Hospitals

The more procedures done per year, the higher the survival rate, study finds

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/27/2009
Ovary Removal May Not Be Needed in Endometrial Cancer

In women 45 and younger, study finds no survival difference when ovaries left intact

1/23/2009
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive

But newer methods are replacing ones studied, experts say

1/23/2009
Kidney Disease in Blacks Undetected Until Late Stages

Awareness needs to improve among doctors, study suggests

1/20/2009
Angioplasty Via Wrist May Be Safer

It's seldom used but entails lower risk, speedier recovery, researchers say

1/19/2009
Knee Replacement Works Best When Patients, Providers Agree

But opinions on the need for the operation differ about 20% of the time, researchers say

1/19/2009
Optimal Treatment Boosts Blacks' Lung Cancer Survival

Patients who received recommended care did better, regardless of race, study found

1/19/2009
Older Women Get Fewer Kidney Transplants Than Men

Gender disparity greatest in those 56 or older, but odds as good as males once on list

1/14/2009
Surgeon's Checklist Saves Lives

List is being adopted in the U.S. and around the world, researchers say

1/14/2009
Blood Flow Measurement Boosts Stent Outcomes

Technology reduces deaths, complications, but may be too costly for some centers, experts say

1/13/2009
Ovary Removal Lowers Odds of Cancer in High-Risk Women

Study confirms women with BRCA mutations are wise to take preventive action

1/8/2009
Guidelines Unveiled for Treating Clogged Heart Arteries

A key deciding factor should be that benefits outweigh risks, experts say

1/7/2009
Early Elective C-Sections Produce Complications

Babies delivered at 37 weeks have double the troubles of those born at 39 weeks

1/6/2009
Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Older People

Improved survival seen in those 75 and older, study says

1/5/2009
Gastric Bypass Halts Diabetes in Obese Teens

Surgery could help them avoid long-term complications of blood sugar disease, scientists say

1/2/2009
Surgeons Often Are Blamed When Hip Replacements Fail

Consumers urged to pay more attention to choosing the doctor, not the device

12/30/2008
Optimal Warfarin Dosing Improves Anticoagulation Control

Increasing time within the therapeutic range of utmost importance, study finds

12/29/2008
Cancer Drug May Help With Kidney Transplants

Bortezomib reduces organ rejection, study finds

12/26/2008
Statins Help Prevent Delirium After Heart Surgery

Cholesterol-lowering meds seem to shield against troublesome complication, study finds

12/24/2008
Rate of Unnecessary C-Sections Far Lower Than Thought

Estimates put figure at nearly 60 percent; real number may be as low as 4 percent, study finds

12/23/2008
Circumcision Rates Too Low

Study points to 16 states where Medicaid doesn't fund procedure

12/18/2008
Coated Stents Better Than Bare Metal Ones in Short Run

But slightly higher mortality rates showed up after 3 years, study finds

12/17/2008
Doctors Describe First U.S. Face Transplant

22-hour procedure replaced 80% of severely disfigured woman's face, physicians say

12/15/2008
Uninsured Face Worse Outcomes After Diverticulitis

Delaying care, they may present with more complications, experts say

12/14/2008
Gastric Bypass Success Sparks Debate

Should older people and those with diabetes have the weight-loss surgery?

12/13/2008
Two Endometrial Cancer Treatments May Not Work

Studies suggest lymph removal, external beam radiation no help against early disease

12/11/2008
Cost of Hospital Cardiac Care on the Rise

Overall expenditure is up despite a slowing in the number of cases, report notes