Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
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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

5/12/2008
Electrode Placement Key to Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Patients

Re-implantation of devices at shorter distances improved motor scores, researchers find

5/10/2008
Newer Prostate Cancer Treatment Similar to Traditional Surgery

But researchers found patients wanted minimally invasive procedure more often, despite drawbacks

5/6/2008
Kidney Trouble Short-Lived in Most Liver Transplant Patients

Study finds short-term dysfunction while awaiting operation rarely turns chronic

5/5/2008
Malpractice Premiums, Rate of C-Sections Rise Together

Which one drives the other a matter of debate, experts say

4/29/2008
Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

Loss of 40% or more of blood can be life-threatening

4/28/2008
Artificial Cervical Disc Surgery Cheaper Than Fusion

Savings of almost $6,000 primarily due to earlier return to work, analysis finds

4/28/2008
Quick Decompression Aids Spinal Injury Recovery

Done within 24 hours, the procedure improved neurological outcomes a year later

4/28/2008
Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Severely Depressed

Minimally invasive therapy improves symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, study finds

4/28/2008
Gastric Bypass May Also Relieve Low Back Pain

Discomfort appears to decline along with weight, study finds

4/26/2008
FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for LASIK Surgery

The popular eye procedure helps many, but complaints show it may not be for everyone

4/25/2008
Laparoscopic Surgery on Pancreas Has Fewer Complications

Patients had less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, study finds

4/23/2008
Researchers Identify Contaminant in Tainted Heparin

More testing needed to prove that oversulfated chondroitin sulfate caused deaths, reactions

4/23/2008
Sleep Apnea Screening Cuts Surgical Complications

Canadian team develops simple test to identify those at risk

4/22/2008
New Drug-Coated Stent Does Well in Early Trial

But doctors want more data, and device not yet approved for use in U.S.

4/22/2008
Quality Care, Not Number of Procedures, Determines Bypass Results

As the number of heart surgeries has declined, so has death rate, study finds

4/22/2008
Number of U.S. General Surgeons in Decline

AMA data shows gains for women, but rural areas suffer as students choose specialty fields

4/22/2008
Nasal Surgery Helps Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Not only did overall health improve, but study finds snoring, daytime sleepiness reduced

4/22/2008
FDA: Contaminated Heparin Found in 11 Countries

And 'biological mechanism' that leads to adverse reactions identified, officials add

4/21/2008
Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty

But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

4/21/2008
New Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Improves Results

Called a 'box lesion,' it helps isolate electrical impulses causing irregular heartbeat

4/18/2008
Donor Dogs Give the Gift of Life

Four-legged heroes -- cats, too -- are maintaining the veterinary blood supply

4/11/2008
Doctor-Patient Talks Affect Use of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Disparity in practice linked to race, age and socioeconomic status, study finds

4/9/2008
Stenting as Good as Surgery for Stroke Prevention

Three-year follow-up of study shows similar results

4/9/2008
Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds

4/9/2008
4/7/2008
Did Medicare Reimbursement Changes Affect Prostate Cancer Treatment?

Study suggests a link between less drug therapy and more surgical castration

4/2/2008
New Scan 'Sees' Tumors Deep Inside Body

Imaging technique could help surgeons remove all cancerous tissue