Misc. Surgery News

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8/18/2016
Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients

More than 600,000 knee replacements a year are done in U.S.

8/15/2016
New Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Some Breast Cancers

2 millimeters is enough to guard against recurrences while reducing need for additional surgeries

8/11/2016
Surgery Effective Against Immune Disorder That Weakens Muscles

Myasthenia gravis affects 60,000 Americans, but removal of thymus gland appears to help, research shows

8/10/2016
Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study

Vast majority of patients used the meds short-term to ease their pain

7/29/2016
Cancer Surgeons Advise Against Removal of Healthy Breast

For most women, risk of disease in unaffected breast is low, group says

7/21/2016
Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?

Study suggests exercise will work on its own, but two experts say surgery still has big role to play

7/15/2016
Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says

But concerns, child's health history should be discussed with anesthesiologists before surgery

7/15/2016
Cornea Transplants Riskier for Women When They Come From Men?

Study suggests incompatibility with the Y chromosome, poor outcomes

7/14/2016
CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Report details cases of U.S. women who developed disfiguring infections after procedures there

7/11/2016
Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

Doctors should explore alternatives for pain relief, researcher says

7/8/2016
3-D Printed Model Helps Delicate Kidney Surgery

Surgeons use the technology to better visualize and prepare for tumor-removal procedure

6/27/2016
Donated Blood Won't Transmit Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease

Swedish study of nearly 1.5 million patients finds no increased risk when blood came from affected people

6/22/2016
Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

The scans are used to plan surgeries, but face-down position might introduce error, small study suggests

6/21/2016
Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts

Results don't seem to alter survival rates, even 5 years after transplant, researchers say

6/21/2016
Do Too Many Lung Cancer Patients Miss Out on Surgery?

Study evaluates treatment outcomes for late-stage disease

6/16/2016
Extensive Surgery Best for an Aggressive Brain Cancer: Study

Although larger procedure carries more risk, odds of longer survival are higher, researchers say

6/7/2016
U.S. Black Women Get Less Care to Prevent Breast Cancer Return

Genetic testing, risk-reducing surgery more likely for whites, Hispanics, study finds

6/3/2016
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery Isn't Always the Right Choice

One-third of older patients may need hip replacement within 2 years, study suggests

6/3/2016
Many Take Opioids Months After Hip, Knee Replacements

Study findings highlight growing painkiller addiction epidemic

6/3/2016
1 in 5 Ovarian Cancer Patients Doesn't Get Life-Extending Surgery: Study

Advanced age, disease were predictors for receiving only chemo, radiation or nothing at all

6/3/2016
Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Survival

Overall death risk dropped 57 percent, study says

6/2/2016
Refugees Aren't Getting Needed Surgeries

From broken bones to hernia repair to C-sections, nobody talks about these basic needs, study finds

6/1/2016
Severe Obesity May Boost Infection Risk After Heart Surgery

Excess weight also linked to extended hospital stays, study finds

5/27/2016
Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

Study found those who listened to relaxing tunes before procedure needed less sedation

5/26/2016
Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner

Getting area wet before sutures or staples are removed doesn't seem to raise infection risk, study finds

5/24/2016
Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes

45 professional groups say the procedure improves blood sugar control

5/19/2016
Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

Experts point to lack of constant fetal monitoring, inability to perform emergency delivery if needed

5/17/2016
Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Major complication rate lower for properly selected patients

5/12/2016
Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk?

Loss of female hormones may explain potential association, researchers say

5/11/2016
Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery

Patients' pre-op gait is big clue to longer-term survival, study finds

5/9/2016
Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

Both transgender patients and victims of trauma did well, but procedures not for fainthearted, expert says

5/5/2016
Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

Opening vessels could prevent new scarring in muscles, researchers say

5/5/2016
Weight Loss Surgery May Boost Good Cholesterol in Obese Boys

Small study showed surgery also improved protective effects of HDL on the heart

5/5/2016
Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients

Study found those 65 and older survived longer when they had operation

5/4/2016
No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

They don't prevent complications and may cause kidney damage, researchers report

5/4/2016
Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room

Study found they outperformed surgeons when stitching pig intestines back together

5/4/2016
Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries

Study points to need to address disparities in care

5/4/2016
Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer

Study claims they're the 3rd leading cause of U.S. deaths, but CDC doesn't track such data

4/27/2016
The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

Gastrointestinal and bowel operations top the list because they're often done without planning or preparation, experts say

4/25/2016
Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

Preventive breast surgeries with nipple intact don't raise breast cancer risk, researchers report

4/22/2016
New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Leading ob/gyn group says growing interest in procedures prompted recommendations

4/22/2016
Celebrity Cases May Help Spur Rise in Double Mastectomies

Many women now think it's the best treatment for breast cancer, study suggests

4/15/2016
Early Stage Breast Cancer Does Need Treatment, Study Finds

Experts say surgery, not observation, is best for cancer confined to milk ducts

4/15/2016
Only Half of Rectal Cancer Patients Get Recommended Treatment: Study

Uninsured and minority patients had lower odds of receiving standard therapies, researchers found

4/14/2016
Radiation May Help After Surgery for 'Soft-Tissue' Cancers

Biggest benefit was seen in people over 65, research suggests

4/13/2016
Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say

Some patients may benefit from a simpler procedure called decompression

4/13/2016
How Important Is Surgeon's Skill for Weight-Loss Surgery Outcomes?

Study saw no differences at one year after procedure, but one expert believes longer follow-up needed

4/11/2016
Common Infection Caused First U.S. Uterus Transplant to Fail, Hospital Says

Blood supply to implanted organ was compromised, forcing its removal

4/10/2016
Doctors Report on Success of Throat Reconstruction

Seven years after receiving metal stents, donated skin tissue, patient can swallow and eat normal food

4/8/2016
Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study

Firefighters exposed to dust right after the attack or for long periods later are more likely to need surgery