Misc. Surgery News

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10/18/2016
Elective Surgeries on Fridays Are Safe: Study

Canadian review finds patients having procedures at tail end of work week face no greater death risk

10/17/2016
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk for Post-Op Problems

Certain patients should be checked for the disorder before having surgery, researchers say

10/17/2016
Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study

Death rates were higher in smaller community hospitals, Canadian study finds

10/13/2016
Heart Surgery Devices May Have Been Contaminated: CDC

Patients who experience night sweats, fever, weight loss, fatigue, muscle aches should seek medical care

10/12/2016
When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More

But higher Medicare payments don't reflect better patient outcomes, study says

10/9/2016
Back Surgery Doesn't Knock All NFL Players Out of the Game: Study

Nearly two-thirds of players continue to perform after spinal disc operation, researchers find

10/6/2016
Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study

Warning signs such as exhaustion increase the risk for bad outcomes, researchers find

10/5/2016
Doctors Perform 1st U.S. Living-Donor Uterine Transplant

Infertility procedure was tried in 4 women but has remained successful in only one, Texas team says

10/4/2016
Delaying Breast Reconstruction After Cancer May Raise Patients' Anxiety

Coordinating surgeries might reduce levels of distress after mastectomy for breast cancer, researchers say

9/30/2016
Encouraging Surgical ICU Patients to Get Moving Pays Off

They're discharged sooner, become more functional when they leave the hospital, study finds

9/29/2016
2nd Antibiotic Halves C-Section Infection Rate: Study

Two medications are better than one, researchers say

9/27/2016
Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Surplus may contribute to the opioid abuse epidemic, researchers say

9/23/2016
'Medical Tattoos' Help Hide Surgical Scars

Pigments can restore more natural appearance that patients are happy with, study finds

9/23/2016
Can Brain 'Pacemaker' Improve Lives of Head Trauma Patients?

Deep brain stimulation appears to boost function and quality of life, small study finds

9/21/2016
More Breast Cancer Patients Should Consider Radiation, New Guidelines Say

Mastectomy patients with small tumors, fewer lymph nodes involved, benefit from the therapy, cancer experts agree

9/14/2016
Prostate Cancer Treatments: Different Choices for Different Men

Survival rates are all high, but watchful waiting is linked to some cancer spread, British study reports

9/14/2016
Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness

Surgery permanently reshapes eye's cornea

9/8/2016
Removing Part of Skull After Severe Head Injury Brings Mixed Results

More patients survived, but more were in vegetative state, and little difference was seen in long-term disability

9/8/2016
Surgery at High-Quality Hospitals a Money-Saver for Medicare

Savings is more than $2,000 per person, study finds

9/1/2016
Smoking Linked to Higher Relapse Risk After Surgery for Crohn's

Research supports immediate drug treatment after bowel surgery for smokers, but not for nonsmokers

8/30/2016
Study Bolsters Role of Angioplasty, Stents in Heart-Attack Survival

Aggressive interventions play big part in improvements after even 'mild' attacks, U.K. report says

8/24/2016
Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?

Monitoring is essential, especially later in pregnancy, study suggests

8/23/2016
Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Rate of uterus removals done with power morcellators dropped significantly, study finds

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