Misc. Surgery News

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4/15/2009
More Options for Less Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery

Advances in micro-instrumentation offer doctors choice of 'keyhole' procedures

4/14/2009
Researchers Create Long-Acting Local Anesthetic

Slow-release injection could ease discomfort in specific areas for days, weeks

4/13/2009
Blacks Less Likely to Get Optimal Lung Cancer Treatment

Disparity in care is as wide today as it was in the early '90s, study says

4/8/2009
Stress Management Battles Prostate Cancer Anxiety

Brief counseling before, after surgery eases concern over side effects, study finds

4/8/2009
Traveling for Treatment

Americans are looking overseas for less-expensive medical care

4/7/2009
Heart Transplant Failures More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Low socioeconomic status and non-white race linked to worse outcomes

4/6/2009
Psychotherapy Can Ease Post-Surgical Depression

Two techniques worked for patients after heart bypass procedures, study finds

4/3/2009
Post-Op Painkillers Tied to Deaths After Spinal Fusion

Middle-aged men appear most at risk from overdosing following the surgery, study found

3/30/2009
Statins May Help Before Artery-Opening Surgery

Italian studies report fewer heart attacks after procedures

3/30/2009
New Surgery for Heart Failure Proves Ineffective

Isolating damaged heart tissue does not produce better outcomes, study finds

3/30/2009
No Increase in Clots With Drug-Eluting Stents

Risk appears the same for bare metal or drug-eluting devices, study found

3/27/2009
Microsurgery May Cut Swelling After Breast Cancer Treatment

Technique reroutes lymphatic fluid to prevent buildup, experts explain

3/26/2009
Midwest and Northeast May Face Surgeon Shortage

Specialists are concentrating in areas with high doctor/patient ratios, experts say

3/25/2009
Drug Combo Helps Larynx Cancer Patients Preserve Voice Box

Adding third medicine to standard therapy made the difference, researchers say

3/24/2009
Anesthesia in Youngest Kids May be Linked to Learning Disabilities

Study found having 'gone under' more than once by age 3 seemed to raise risk for problems

3/20/2009
Diabetics and Elderly May Fare Better With Bypass

Study finds that for some groups, survival odds after angioplasty are not as great

3/20/2009
FDA Panel Backs New Anti-Clotting Drug

Rivaroxaban could replace heparin after hip- or knee-replacement surgery

3/18/2009
Obesity Tied to Poor Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Outcomes

Study finds risk of disease recurrence, death nearly twice that of normal-weight patients

3/18/2009
Guidelines Suggested for Heart-Kidney Transplants

Study identifies factors that reduce survival rate for combo surgery

3/18/2009
Mussel-Based Glue May Make Surgery Safer

The natural medical adhesive might be applied using inkjet printer technology, researchers say

3/17/2009
Lymphedema Raises Cost of Breast Cancer Care

Painful swelling can require treatments for infections and depression

3/13/2009
Freezing Kidney Cancers Shows Promise

Study found noninvasive technique eradicated smaller tumors

3/13/2009
Younger Women With Breast Cancer Face Added Peril

Disease is more aggressive, requiring more radical treatments, study suggests

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