Misc. Surgery News

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8/25/2008
Taking Codeine While Breast-Feeding May Harm Infant

Nervous systems of babies of women with certain genotype more affected, study finds

8/22/2008
Smokers More Likely to Bleed After Throat Surgery

Understanding link may help doctors better counsel patients before operations

8/22/2008
Gastric Band Weight-Loss Surgery Can Boost Reflux

Obese patients with GERD may choose gastric bypass instead, experts say

8/21/2008
Face Transplants Show Promising Results

2 cases demonstrate efficacy of surgery, but tissue rejection must be monitored, reports say

8/21/2008
Drug Stops Bone Loss From Breast Cancer Chemo

Zoledronic acid stabilized mineral density in premenopausal women, study finds

8/19/2008
Imaging System Lets Doctors 'See' Cancer During Surgery

Fluorescent dyes light up diseased tissue on video monitors, helping spare healthy cells

8/19/2008
Reaching the Heart Through the Wrist

Though procedure is used less often, it reduces bleeding problems, study finds

8/18/2008
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery

It appears to act as 'sham feeding' that stimulates digestive nerves, U.K. study suggests

8/18/2008
A Hope: Contaminant-Free Synthetic Heparin

Team of chemists makes blood thinner in lab, but hopes for large-scale production

8/15/2008
Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment

They only raised about half their concerns, so doctors should listen carefully, study says

8/12/2008
Post-Surgical Epidural May Boost Survival

New study supports the safety and effectiveness of the spinal shot

8/12/2008
Surgery Helps With Prostate Cancer, Sometimes

New study fails to settle question about best treatment for the disease

8/12/2008
Health Tip: Prepare Yourself for Surgery

Be mentally and physically ready

8/8/2008
New Technique Removes Gallbladder Without External Incisions

Endoscope was inserted through 1-inch cut behind uterus and into woman's body cavity

8/6/2008
GI Bleeding After Stroke Raises Death Risk

Triples mortality rate while still in hospital, study finds

7/31/2008
Eradicating Gut Bacteria Improves Stomach Cancer Outcomes

Removing H. pylori left patients two-thirds less likely to suffer recurrence

7/31/2008
Researchers Test New Source for Blood Platelets

Japanese study in mice generates viable particles from embryonic stem cell lines

7/30/2008
New Treatment Lessens Heart Attack Damage

Transplant drug cyclosporine limits injury from blood rushing back to heart, researchers say

7/28/2008
Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds

7/25/2008
Warm-Up Reduces ACL Injury in Female Soccer Players

Program of stretching, strengthening and agility drills cut knee ligament damage, U.S. report says

7/23/2008
Simple Procedure Improves Male Fertility

Correcting varicose veins in scrotum boosts sperm count, motility, study finds

7/23/2008
Alcohol Use Frequently Overlooked Before Surgery

Patients with a problem 3 to 4 times more likely to face complications, study says

7/22/2008
More Cancer Lymph Nodes Analyzed at Specialty Centers

If too few are tested, patient's treatment and prognosis may be affected, study says

7/21/2008
Lung Cancer Trial Targets Asbestos-Related Disease

Chemo-radiation therapy looks to kill cells on organ's surface, spare surrounding tissue

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