Misc. Surgery News

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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

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