Misc. Surgery News

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7/18/2008
Heart Blood Vessels Grown in the Lab

Could offer a future alternative to bypass surgery, researchers say

7/16/2008
No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths

Review of studies says monthly check is 'an option' for women starting in their 20s

7/15/2008
Hip, Knee Replacements Do Ease Symptoms

People who undergo the surgery are usually happy they did, study finds

7/14/2008
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes

Even patients without diabetes face 4-fold increase in death, major complications

7/14/2008
Elbow Injuries on Rise Among Young Athletes

But surgery helps them return to prior playing level 83% of time, report shows

7/10/2008
ACL Reconstruction With Cadaver Tissue Risky in Younger Patients

Failure rate after surgery as high as 24% in middle-age patients, study shows

7/9/2008
Breast-Conserving Surgery Leaves Many Cancer Patients Disappointed

Poor aesthetic outcome after lumpectomy linked to depression, fear, study finds

7/4/2008
Gender Plays Role in Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Increased rate of graft failure when male organs donated to females, study finds

7/3/2008
Kidney Cancer Vaccine Shows No Boost in Survival

But early-stage patients may benefit from further study of vitespen, researchers say

7/2/2008
New Ear Tube Device Helps Treat Infections Faster

Stainless steel rod reduces time of anesthesia, number of instruments inserted into canal

7/2/2008
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness

Even those with severe disease can save some vision, experts say

6/27/2008
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age

Study finds patients twice as likely to care for themselves, saves money in long run

6/25/2008
New Anti-Clotting Pill Works Well in Trials

It's easier to use and produces fewer blood clots, studies find

6/25/2008
Drug-Coated Stents Reduce Repeat Artery Procedures

But sicker patients may be getting bare metal devices, study suggests

6/25/2008
Noninvasive Surgery Effective for Acid Reflux Disease

New technique eliminates pain, requires less recovery time, surgeon says

6/25/2008
Oral Drug Helps Prevent Clotting After Hip Replacement

Daily dose of rivaroxaban cut risk of venous thromboembolism, study finds

6/25/2008
Worldwide Surgery Rates Tied to Economic Status

Richer countries perform most, but safety an issue in poorer areas, analysis finds

6/23/2008
General Anesthesia Boosts Post-Op Pain

Study helps confirm what many patients, doctors suspected

6/23/2008
Immune Molecule Key to Preventing Organ Rejection

Measuring HLA-G dimer may identify patients who need little, if any, immune suppression

6/23/2008
Health Tip: The Word on Wisdom Teeth

What to expect after they're removed

6/20/2008
Blood Substitute Found Safe in Large Phase III Trial

It worked best in those under 80, could ease expected worldwide shortfall of supplies

6/18/2008
Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Is Key to Easing Diabetes

Patients who dropped most pounds went off diabetes meds and into remission, study found

6/18/2008
Non-Surgical Approach Can Treat Lung Cancers

Radiofrequency ablation is quick and targets large tumors, sparing healthy tissue, study finds

6/17/2008
2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

Less invasive treatment using stent cut overall mortality almost in half, study finds

6/8/2008
Applying Parallel Pressure Improves Vascular Grafting

Finding could speed new tissue-engineered stem cell bypass procedures, study says

6/6/2008
High-Volume Hospitals Better for Abdominal Aortic Rupture Repairs

Endovascular procedures have lower death rates than those units using open surgery, study finds

6/6/2008
Sucking Out Clot Debris Helps Heart Attack Patients

One-year death rate nearly halved in Dutch study

6/5/2008
Health Tip: Recovery After a C-Section

What to do after the procedure

6/3/2008
Kennedy Faced Brain Surgeon's Knife While Awake

It's standard practice, so areas that control critical functions aren't damaged, experts say

6/3/2008
Sen. Kennedy Up and Walking After Brain Tumor Surgery

Still faces radiation, chemotherapy treatments for what doctors say is a life-threatening malignant glioma

6/2/2008
Sen. Kennedy's Brain Tumor Surgery Called a 'Success'

Still faces radiation, chemotherapy treatments for what doctors say is a life-threatening malignant glioma

5/29/2008
Anti-Rejection Drug May Boost Diabetes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Those treated with sirolimus faced up to 66% increased risk of disease after operation

5/28/2008
C-Sections Explain Jump in U.S. Preemie Births

Researchers suggest some of these procedures may just be matter of convenience

5/26/2008
Laser Therapy a New Option for Vocal-Cord Cancers

It preserved and restored patients' voices with disease-free survival up to 5 years

5/23/2008
Patients Pleased With Laparoscopic GERD Surgery

Anti-reflux procedure improved quality of life, cut need for 2nd treatment

5/23/2008
Obese Patients at Greater Infection Risk After Hip Replacement

Those with BMI of 35 or more 10.5 times more likely to experience complications

5/23/2008
Carbon Monoxide May Help Bypass Surgery Patients

Low doses of gas found in car exhaust provides anti-inflammatory effects in lungs

5/22/2008
Probiotics Help Adult Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

The 'good bacteria' also boost gastrointestinal functioning, study found

5/21/2008
Surgical Outcomes Depend on a Host of Variables

Studies show experience, hospital volume, race and location all matter

5/21/2008
Combo Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Boosts Survival in Diabetics

Type 1 patients did better than those having kidney replacement alone

5/21/2008
5/20/2008
Black Men Less Likely to Choose Elective Stomach Aorta Surgery

White men more likely to have operation before emergency procedure is needed

5/19/2008
Cosmetic Skin Fillers May Cause Delayed Side Effects

Increasing use of polyalkylimide implant injections leaves skin open to infection, study says

5/19/2008
Protein Helps ID Thyroid Cancer Nodules

Test using galectin-3 finds them sooner, could cut unnecessary surgeries

5/18/2008
New Surgical Technology Holds Promise of Painless, Scarless Procedures

Endoscope inserted through natural body openings avoids incisions, shortens recoveries

5/16/2008
Outcomes Similar for Laparoscopic, Open Colon Cancer Surgeries

Study finds mortality and survival rates equal for both procedures

5/16/2008
Mastectomies on the Increase

Trend coincides with increased use of MRI before surgeries, researchers report

5/15/2008
Hot Flashes Reduced by Neck Injection

Treatment could help breast cancer patients and menopausal women, study finds

5/14/2008
Danger From Heart Surgery Drug Confirmed

FDA says manufacturer of Trasylol now removing remaining stock of drug from U.S. market, following new data on increased death risk.

5/13/2008
Beta Blockers Raise Stroke, Death Risk After Surgery

Experts note doses of the blood-pressure drugs given in the study were probably too high