Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

10/3/2008
Gestational Diabetes Risk Higher for Asian-White Couples

Pelvic size may also play role in further chance of Caesarean delivery, study finds

10/3/2008
Extended Work Absences May Signal Risk of Death

Problems tied to surgery or circulatory or psychiatric troubles a red flag, study suggests

10/3/2008
Gradual Exercise Best After Joint Replacement

Trying to get back in the game too soon can undo benefits of surgery, study says

10/1/2008
Beta Blockers May Cut Mortality in COPD Patients After Surgery

Preoperative use was well-tolerated without adverse respiratory effects, study finds

9/29/2008
Heart Pump Helps Children Waiting for Transplant

Device approved in Europe, still in clinical trials in U.S.

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/25/2008
Surgery May Not Help Most People With Narrowed Brain Artery

Intensive medical treatment can prevent stroke, study says

9/25/2008
Surgery Unneeded in Most Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Cases

Study says drug therapy better option for 95% of patients, since stroke risk is low

9/24/2008
Drug Coated Stents Better After Heart Attack

Death rate lower than for bare-metal devices, study shows

9/22/2008
Cholesterol Drugs May Raise Post-Op Delirium Risk

Patients on statin medications 30% more likely to experience trouble, study finds

9/21/2008
Breast Cancer Survivors Report High Quality of Life After Treatment

Even 15 years after lumpectomy, radiation, less than 5% complain of pain, survey finds

9/19/2008
Health Tip: Is LASIK Right for You?

Guidelines for the ideal candidate

9/17/2008
New Noninvasive Device Could Control Diabetes

Intestinal liner leads to significant drops in blood sugar levels, researcher says

9/16/2008
Researchers Suppress 'Hunger Hormone'

Minimally invasive procedure in pigs produced effect similar to bariatric surgery

9/15/2008
Diabetics Less Likely to Lose Weight After Gastric Bypass

Study finds change in med use, improper stomach pouch size are likely causes

9/12/2008
Bye, Bye Back Fat?

Technique removes loose skin, but downside is scar hidden under the bra line, expert says

9/12/2008
Weight-Loss Surgery Weighed as Diabetes Rx

Studies show it works but cost, long-term effectiveness unclear

9/10/2008
Surgery for Knee Osteoarthritis No Better Than Therapy, Meds

Study found results for both were same 2 years later

9/10/2008
Special Dyes and Lighting Kill MRSA, Research Shows

But new technologies don't replace basic infection control procedures, expert says

9/6/2008
2 Techniques Found Effective in Carotid Artery Narrowing

Angioplasty with stenting and endarterectomy successful in preventing ipsilateral stroke

9/5/2008
Health Tip: Healing After a C-Section

Activities that should be avoided

9/3/2008
Defibrillators Don't Diminish Quality of Life

But the shocks they produce can signal danger, researchers say

8/29/2008
Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age a key factor, but group cites other risks during August disease awareness month

8/28/2008
Bunion Surgery Patients Need 6 Weeks Before Driving

Study finds reaction, brake response times were better than they had been before procedure

8/27/2008
Angioplasty Scoring System Predicts Risk of Death

Clinicians use 7 simple variables to gauge in-hospital mortality after coronary intervention

8/25/2008
Finding May Allow Some Women to Stop Blood Thinners

It details risk factors for recurrent blood clots