Misc. Surgery News

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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

10/23/2007
More Women Choosing 'Preventive' Double Mastectomy

There's no proof cancer will spread to the healthy second breast, researchers say

10/17/2007
Acupuncture Cuts Need for Post-Op Painkillers

It also eases nausea linked to these drugs, research shows

10/17/2007
Surgeons Remove Gallbladder Through Vagina

Procedure leaves no scars and reduces pain, but not all doctors endorse it

10/16/2007
Angioplasty Equals Bypass Surgery for Heart Patients: Study

Survival rates virtually the same, but some people may prefer one option over the other

10/15/2007
Anti-Convulsant Aids Knee-Replacement Patients

Pregabalin reduced pain, increased range of motion, study found

10/15/2007
Studies Examine Life After Weight-Loss Surgery

More than 6% of patients die within 5 years, but certain factors can boost outcomes

10/15/2007
Nicotine, Chili Peppers Offer Post-Surgery Pain Relief

Findings could bring new treatment options for patients, researchers say

10/15/2007
Psychiatric Woes Can Postpone Weight-Loss Surgery

A fifth of patients need to work through mental problems beforehand, study finds

10/8/2007
Surgery Best Bet for Prostate Cancer Survival

Study finds it outperforming other forms of treatment

10/2/2007
Women Less Likely to Get Heart Defibrillators

And blacks are less likely to receive the lifesaving devices, studies find

9/29/2007
Take Care of Heart Before Any Surgery: Experts

New guidelines include advice to not stop statin drug use

9/27/2007
Toxic Shock Drug Might Aid Trauma Victims

Norepinephrine added to fluids protects against blood loss, study finds

9/26/2007
Scientists Spot Key to Kidney Transplant Success

A tough-to-detect antibody explains why even 'matched' organs get rejected

9/24/2007
Most Parents Have Say in Kids' Hospital Care

It's important to include mom, dad in decision-making, researchers say