Misc. Surgery News

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12/11/2008
Multiple ICD Replacements Can Predict Complications

Those with history of repeat surgeries likely to face infection, bleeding, study finds

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

12/10/2008
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury

Orthopedic surgeons offer tips on knowing when you're ready to drive again

12/9/2008
Steroid After Tonsillectomy Raises Bleeding Risk

But dexamethasone did limit vomiting and results are preliminary, researchers note

12/8/2008
Women's Death Rate Higher From Severe Heart Attack

Undertreatment at the hospital may be a contributing cause, study suggests

12/5/2008
Treatment Options Are Many for Prostate Cancer

Some doctors say many tumors can be left untreated, depending on man's age

12/5/2008
New Criteria Could Expand Number of Liver Transplant Candidates

Closer look at tumors boosts chances for those denied under current protocols, study says

12/4/2008
Intestinal 'Sleeve' Mimics Effects of Gastric Bypass

Tests in rats show treatment device could be used to treat obesity in humans

12/3/2008
Report Confirms Source of Contaminated Heparin

A man-made chemical was added to the blood thinner imported from China

12/3/2008
More High-Risk Women Preempt Breast Cancer

Growing number with genetic, familial susceptibilities opt for double mastectomy

12/2/2008
Another Study Warns of Risk From Cardiac Surgery Drug

Patients given Trasylol have a higher death risk, data review finds

12/2/2008
Surgery a Boon for Most Common Form of Epilepsy

But too few patients are having the procedure, study says

12/1/2008
Radioactive 'Seed' Rx Helps Women With Implants Fight Breast Cancer

In these cases, the implant makes it more difficult to treat the malignancy, experts explain

11/26/2008
Anesthesia Type Won't Influence Neck Artery Surgery Outcomes

Study may settle debate on safety of general vs. local delivery

11/25/2008
Limited Value Found for First-Generation Heart Pumps

But newer models are much more effective, expert says

11/24/2008
'Fresh' Transfusions Improve Odds for Cancer Patients After Surgery

But only if the blood was less than nine days old, study found

11/20/2008
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals

Review suggests preserving natural teeth should be top priority for patients, clinicians

11/19/2008
Spinal Anesthesia Doesn't Cause Restless Leg Syndrome

Study also finds spinal anesthesia doesn't worsen pre-existing RLS

11/19/2008
Airway Transplant Aided by Stem Cells a Medical First

Woman gets historic procedure in which her stem cells were combined with donated organ tissue to replace diseased organ, scientists report

11/18/2008
Bariatric Surgery Before Pregnancy Benefits Moms, Babies

Weight-loss procedure may change fertility, nutritional needs, study suggests

11/17/2008
Wealthy More Likely to Have Breast Reconstruction

Black women less likely than white women to have reconstruction after mastectomy

11/14/2008
IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries

Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

11/14/2008
Younger Men Fare Best After Hip Joint Resurfacing

The new procedure is an alternative to hip replacement, but complications occur, experts say

11/14/2008
Unique Bone Marrow Transplant Said to Cure Sickle Cell

Technique is safe and effective, say Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reseachers

11/12/2008
With Angioplasty, More Is Better

Hospitals that perform the heart procedure more often do better, study finds

11/12/2008
Gender Matches Benefit Heart Transplants

Best results achieved with male-to-male surgeries, study finds

11/11/2008
New Type of Stent Shows Promise

It recruits blood vessel cells as a kind of heart-healthy coating, experts explain

11/11/2008
Beta Blocker Use Questioned in Non-Heart Surgery

Increased risk of stroke a major issue in analysis of 33 research projects

11/10/2008
Study Upholds Stopping Plavix Use Before Surgery

Taken less than 5 days before operation leads to more bleeding, longer hospital stay, study finds

11/10/2008
Heart Valves Fashioned From Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood

They could grow with kids who are born with heart valve defects, researchers say

11/10/2008
Coated Stents Best for Heart Patients With Diabetes

Were safer, more effective than bare metal ones, study shows

11/7/2008
'Scaffold' Could One Day Repair Damaged Hearts

It's the first to match structural, mechanical properties of heart tissue, scientists say

11/7/2008
Pediatric Heart Surgeons May Be Best Choice for Adults

Study finds these doctors have better results, including survival rates

11/1/2008
Tailored Treatment Boosts Kidney Cancer Survival

Study concludes one-size-fits-all therapy needs to be changed

10/21/2008
General Anesthesia Tied to Developmental Woes in Kids

But findings are preliminary, and no reason to keep children from needed surgery, experts say

10/20/2008
Questions Continue About Using Beta Blockers Before Surgery

Study finds increased risk of death, heart attacks

10/20/2008
Tests May ID Older Patients at Risk for Post-Op Delirium

Underlying depression and less cognitive flexibility could be warning signs, study says

10/19/2008
Study Urges Low-Tech Solutions for Medical Errors

Color-coding system worked well in simulated emergency room situations

10/18/2008
Low Blood Pressure During Surgery Boosts Stroke Risk

Tighter control of levels may prevent complications, study suggests

10/17/2008
Rethinking Prostate Cancer in Older Men

Research suggests aggressive treatment is viable, even for patients in their late 70s

10/15/2008
Gene Signature for Liver Cancer Recurrence Found

A 186-gene panel, discovered in normal cells surrounding the tumor, may predict cancer survival, new research contends

10/15/2008
Women Smokers Prone to Dangerous Blood Vessel Condition

Risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm is 8 times higher than in nonsmokers, study says

10/14/2008
Health Tip: After a Hip Replacement

How to help your recovery

10/14/2008
A One-Man History of Cardiac Advances

New Jersey man, 84, has benefited from 40 years of heart breakthroughs

10/12/2008
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems

Transition from flip-flops, sandals to traditional shoes may be culprit, specialists say

10/10/2008
Liver Transplant Patients at Higher Cancer Risk

1 in 6 likely to develop some form of disease by 20 years after operation, study says

10/10/2008
Racial Disparities Exist in Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

Blacks, the poor diagnosed at younger age, with more advanced disease, study says

10/9/2008
Some Arteries Opened Safely Without Heparin

But Italian researchers warn only the lowest-risk patients can benefit

10/9/2008
Brain Rewires Itself After Hand Transplant

Research reveals 'plasticity' of adult neurons

10/5/2008
Form IDs Spinal Patients Likely to Stick With Therapy

13-item questionnaire predicts who will be more active in post-surgery rehab