Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
3/10/2008
First-Time Shoulder Dislocations Helped by Surgery

Arthroscopy kept function at 93% of pre-injury levels among young and active, study finds

3/6/2008
ACL Tears Worth Fixing in Seniors

Age should not be determining factor for knee repair surgery, study suggests

3/6/2008
Biking, Walking Best for New Knees

Tennis, jogging and even golf are tougher on replaced joints, study finds

3/3/2008
Obese Children Face More Complications During Surgery

Study says breathing-related problems more likely in the overweight

2/27/2008
Satisfaction After Fibroid Embolization Similar to Hysterectomy

Study finds the first is less invasive, has faster recovery

2/20/2008
More Evidence of Danger From Heart Surgery Drug

Anti-bleeding agent Trasylol tied to increased death, complications, studies find

2/20/2008
Surgery Best for Narrowing of Spine

Study says it beat nonsurgical care for painful condition that often accompanies aging

2/19/2008
Combination of Thyroid Medicines Not Necessary

One medication can do the job of both after thyroid removal surgery, study finds

2/19/2008
Gecko's Stickiness Inspires New Surgical Bandage

It's waterproof, biodegradable and adheres much better than conventional sutures, researchers say

2/18/2008
E-mails Improve Patient-Surgeon Communication

Study found more exchanges occurred when people were encouraged to use them

2/13/2008
Drug-Coated Balloons Keep Leg Arteries Open: Study

Small German trial could be a breakthrough treatment in vascular disease

2/12/2008
Ovary Removal Protects Some High-Risk Women

BRCA2 carriers get twice the reduction in breast cancer risk that BRCA1 carriers do, study finds

2/11/2008
Manufacturer Halts Production of Blood Thinner Heparin

Drug linked to hundreds of allergic reactions and possibly 4 deaths, FDA says

2/8/2008
Drug Combo Tied to Kidney Risk With Some Cardiac Surgeries

Aprotinin plus ACE inhibitor associated with renal woes during off-pump surgery, U.K. study finds

2/6/2008
Less Invasive Way to Stage Lung Cancer Shows Promise

Needle aspiration procedures worked as well as standard, invasive method

2/4/2008
Toy Magnets Can be a Very Real Threat

Powerful toy magnets pose almost-fatal attractions when swallowed by kids, new report shows.

1/31/2008
Hospital Patients' Blood Clot Risk High

But international study finds many aren't getting preventive treatments

1/31/2008
Top-Rated Hospitals Continue to Deliver Better Care

But analysis calls gap between these and lower-tier facilities 'disappointing'

1/30/2008
Minimally Invasive Surgery Fixes Aneurysms

Study finds advantages over conventional operation

1/30/2008
Study Challenges New Benchmark for High-Volume Heart Transplant Hospitals

Johns Hopkins researchers question government decision to lower requirements for designation

1/23/2008
Surgery Better Than Stents for Multiple Blockages

Fewer deaths, heart attacks found in 18-month study

1/22/2008
Implants Double Infection Risk After Breast Reconstruction

More must be done to help women avoid painful, costly complications, researchers say

1/22/2008
Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Can Send Diabetes Into Remission

It helps patients shed more pounds than dieting and exercise do, study shows

1/21/2008
Different Neural Pathways at Work Going Under, Coming Out of Anesthesia

Mouse study on brain's orexin system could lead to new drugs with fewer side effects

1/18/2008
Older Surgical Patients Face Greater Risk of Cognitive Problems

They're also more apt to die within a year, but education had protective effect, study found

1/18/2008
Combo Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Brain Tumors

Radiation seeds, chemo wafers slowed disease, boosted survival

1/18/2008
Genetically Engineered Clotting Solution Approved

To limit bleeding after surgery

1/17/2008
Minor Leg Injuries Might Boost Blood Clot Risk

Simple damage such as sprain or muscle rupture raised venous thrombosis odds, study says

1/16/2008
Specialized System Speeds Heart Attack Treatment

Patients got arteries open faster with program established in Ottawa, Canada

1/16/2008
Sealant Helps Stem Bleeding During Surgery

Helps blood clot when applied to small vessels

1/11/2008
Dual Treatment Helps Wean Patients From Ventilators

'Wake up-and-breathe' protocol appears to improve results, study says

1/10/2008
Priming Heart Before an Attack Could Limit Damage

Animal study shows preconditioning cardiac cells helps organ better tolerate loss of blood flow

1/3/2008
Health Tip: Caring for a Surgical Incision

What to do after your operation

1/2/2008
Scientists Report Refinements to Brain Surgery

Technique reduces chances of damage to areas that control language

12/28/2007
Laser Surgery Can Correct Nearsightedness

10-year analysis found eye procedure helped for at least a decade

12/27/2007
Lower Body Temps Increase Blood Loss During Surgery

Analysis of 40 years' data shows somewhat risky transfusions often necessary

12/21/2007
Weight Loss Surgery May Help Less Severely Obese

In some cases, people with a BMI under 40 might even benefit more, study suggests

12/20/2007
Race, Gender Affect Laryngeal Cancer Survival

Men, blacks do worse, as do those without private health insurance, study finds

12/19/2007
Area Around Breast Tumor May Predict Cancer's Spread

Mutations in tumor-suppressing gene could point to lymph node involvement, study suggests

12/18/2007
CT Scans Catch More Clots in Lungs

Study finds newer method slightly more effective than traditional lung scans

12/18/2007
Robotic Surgery Treats Tonsil Cancer

Surgeon manipulates motorized arms to snip away tumors

12/17/2007
Massage Eases Pain, Anxiety After Surgery

It's now standard post-surgical practice at some U.S. hospitals

12/12/2007
Partial Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

French doctors report woman is eating, drinking and smiling 18 months later

12/10/2007
Unrelated Cord Blood Helps Infants With Metabolic Disorders

It's a viable option with lower risk of complications, study finds

12/6/2007
Black Women Wait Longer for Breast Cancer Surgery

Older women also face delays, new study finds

12/4/2007
Newer Anticlotting Drug Safe, Effective for Heart Surgeries

Bivalirudin lowers bleeding risk for patients undergoing bypass, study finds

11/27/2007
Obesity Keeps Patients From Needed CT Scans After Surgery

Patients over 450 pounds are often too large for equipment, study finds

11/26/2007
Defibrillators Not Dangerous While Driving

Study finds heart patients with the devices aren't prone to accidents

11/21/2007
Lung Transplants May Not Help Most Cystic Fibrosis Children

Study found little improvement, but procedures have also changed since analysis was made

11/20/2007
In-the-Field Facial Surgery Helps Injured Troops in Iraq

No evacuation delays mean quicker, better surgeries, study finds