Misc. Surgery News

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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

3/10/2008
Surgeon's Preferences Dictate Choice of Kidney Cancer Surgery

Candidates for less radical procedures may not be getting them, study says

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