Misc. Surgery News

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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

4/1/2008
Avandia May Slow Atherosclerosis After Bypass Surgery

But this new study of diabetes drug doesn't prove it's safe, critics say

4/1/2008
Study Finds Older Corneas Suitable for Transplantation

Tissue from people up to 75 had similar survival rates to that from younger donors

3/26/2008
Toxic Sewer Gas Induces Suspended Metabolism in Mice

Heart rate dropped 50% while maintaining blood pressure

3/26/2008
Breathing Muscles Atrophy Quickly During Mechanical Ventilation

Finding could one day help ICU patients get off respirator faster, researcher says

3/25/2008
Heart Failure Raises Risks After Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Post-op odds of dying increased for patients with the common condition, study found

3/25/2008
Woman's Abdominal Organs Removed in Unique Cancer Surgery

Taking out stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, small intestine and large intestine led to lifesaving operation

3/24/2008
Drug Therapy Boosting Heart-Attack Survival Rates

10-year study finds less long-term mortality

3/24/2008
Innovative Care Is Helping Iraq War's Injured Survive

Improvements mean 9 out of 10 with serious trauma live, often with little visible damage, surgeons say

3/19/2008
Transfusions of 'Older' Blood Don't Work as Well

Mortality, complication rates higher than with freshly stored units, study finds

3/19/2008
Women at Higher Risk of Abnormal Burn Scars

Younger patients also more prone, new study finds

3/18/2008
Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes a Mixed Bag

Study finds quality of life suffers, but mental acuity may actually improve

3/18/2008
Embolization a Nonsurgical Way to Treat Fibroids

It works even after other therapies have failed, but many women unaware of this option, experts say

3/18/2008
The Elderly Can Be Candidates for Angioplasty, Stenting

Those 80 and older may not need to be hospitalized, study says

3/18/2008
Tissue-Freezing Technique Effective Against Prostate Cancer

But more study may still be needed to bring therapy into the mainstream, experts say

3/17/2008
Genes May Determine Obesity After Weight Surgery

Researchers study factors in success of bariatric procedure

3/17/2008
Frying Tumors Can Boost Lung Cancer Survival

And a similar needle-based freezing technology can help fight kidney cancer, studies find

3/17/2008
Therapy Could Save Limbs After Frostbite

Angiography plus anti-clotting drug keep tissue viable, researchers say

3/14/2008
Combo Treatment Ups Survival When Cancer Spreads to Abdominal Lining

Studies found it made difference when disease moved from colon, appendix

3/14/2008
Melt-Away Stent Works Well in Trial

Absorbed harmlessly in the body, it could replace traditional metal stents

3/12/2008
New Technology No Better at Spotting 'Anesthesia Awareness'

Study comparing bispectral index monitoring to standard methods found little difference

3/11/2008
Post-Op Chemo Fails to Boost Survival in Stomach Cancers

Drug-surgery combo showed no significant improvement in outcomes, study finds

3/11/2008
Specialized Care for Ovarian Cancer Improves Outcomes

Dutch study cites better survival rates, but one expert urges caution

3/10/2008
Gender Bias at Play in Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Study finds doctors twice as likely to recommend replacement surgery for men as women