Misc. Surgery News

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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

11/20/2007
11/19/2007
Tonsillectomy Not Always Cost-Effective for Kids' Throat Woes

Close monitoring and treatment may often be the smarter choice, study suggests

11/16/2007
Older Patients Can Do Well With Kidney Transplant

Matching those over 60 with appropriate donor organs could ease wait times, experts say

11/16/2007
Hispanics Receive Fewer Surgeries for Vascular Disease

Socioeconomic factors, insurance status likely players in disparity, study suggests

11/13/2007
Study Challenges Colon Cancer Surgery Follow-Up

Routine testing of 12 lymph nodes may not be as useful as thought, researchers say

11/13/2007
Eye Surgery Errors Rare But Serious

Incidents included the wrong eye being operated on, or the wrong transplant, study found

11/9/2007
Total Knee Replacement Safe for Most Patients

It's not only cost-effective but benefits even high-risk cases, study finds

11/7/2007
Heart Defects Can Delay Baby's Brain Development

Corrective cardiac surgery is not to blame, study suggests

11/6/2007
Statins After Bypass Lower Stroke Risk

The cholesterol-busting drugs could be lifesavers, study suggsts

11/4/2007
Balloon Valve May Be Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery

It props open closed aortas in older patients, research suggests

10/31/2007
Little Evidence Silicone Breast Implants Harm Health

Review of data finds no link to most common illnesses

10/29/2007
Fetal Surgery Saves Baby After Early 'Water Break'

Protective membranes ruptured in week 20 of pregnancy, German team reports

10/26/2007
10/26/2007
Hysterectomy May Boost Incontinence Risk

When done to treat benign conditions, procedure more than doubled the odds, study found

10/25/2007
Lung Bypass Could Fight Emphysema

Technique allows trapped air a way out, experts say

10/24/2007
Surgery Can Cut Sleep Apnea

Snipping away excess tissue helps, study finds