Misc. Surgery News

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8/24/2007
Gene Tied to Post-Op Delirium in Elderly

APOE e4 variant has also been linked to Alzheimer's, researchers note

8/22/2007
Weight-Loss Surgeries Extend Lives

Studies support expanded use of gastric bypass, banding, experts say

8/21/2007
One Surgery Often Enough for Peritonitis

Study questions usefulness of secondary procedures

8/17/2007
Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients

The technique reduces levels of protein linked to poor surgery results, study says

8/14/2007
Tiny Telescope Treats Age-Related Eye Disease

Study found the implant benefited two-thirds of patients who got one

8/10/2007
Medicare Patients Fare Better at Orthopedic Hospitals

Hip, knee replacement outcomes exceed those of general hospital patients, study finds

8/9/2007
Cosmetic Surgery TV Shows Get Viewers Pondering

Reality fare spurs interest in nips, tucks, other procedures, study finds

8/9/2007
New Uterine Fibroid Treatment Shows Promise

Ultrasound technique disrupts growths' blood supply

8/3/2007
Age 100 No Bar to Hip Replacement

Other factors are more important when deciding on surgery, researchers say

8/2/2007
Ovarian Tissue Successfully Transplanted in Sisters

It's the first time this fertility technique has been done in genetically dissimilar siblings

7/24/2007
Surgeon's Experience Key to Prostate Surgery Success

Cancer patients do better at high-volume institutions, study finds

7/24/2007
Defibrillators Can Control Dangerous Heart Condition

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic disorder, often strikes younger people

7/17/2007
Tonsillectomy Shouldn't Dull Taste: Study

Researchers found little effect, although post-op pain might impair sensation

7/16/2007
New Surgery Brings Back a Smile

Paralyzed patients regain facial function through muscle transplant

7/16/2007
Chemical 'Paint' Helps Surgeons See Cancer's Borders

Removing all of the tumor is key to preventing recurrence, researchers say

7/16/2007
Women Slower to Recover From Knee Surgery

Osteoarthritis may also impede return to function, research shows

7/16/2007
Patch Helps Heart Grow New Cells

Rat study suggests a way of repairing lost cardiac tissue

7/15/2007
Arthroscopic Surgery Eases Tough-to-Treat Tennis Elbow

The condition can come from any repetitive arm movement, experts note

7/13/2007
Soaring C-Section Rate Troubles Doctors

They say convenience is not a valid reason for the elective surgery

7/13/2007
Simple Steps Improve Appearance After Thyroid Surgery

Many patients worry about scarring, experts say

7/13/2007
Hospitalized Patients at High Risk of Vein Clots

But only half get clot-preventing treatments, researchers say

7/12/2007
Cirrhosis Can Impact Heart Surgery Success

Two-thirds of those with severe disease died after cardiac surgery, study found

7/12/2007
New LASIK Device Treats Differing Vision Problems

Performs separate procedures on each eye

7/10/2007
Death Rate High in Drug-Coated Stent Trial

Small study of bypass patients found no such risk from bare-metal stents

7/9/2007
Patient's Own Body Fat Used in Breast Remodeling

Procedure is first being tried on breast cancer survivors, developers say

7/6/2007
Medical Tourism Takes Flight

Lower costs are luring Americans abroad but risks exist, experts warn

6/29/2007
Surgeons Push for Less Invasive Lung Cancer Procedures

They require less recovery time, but few centers can perform them, experts say

6/29/2007
Opening of Kidney Arteries Brings Dangers

Microscopic 'debris' is left behind with these angioplasties, study finds

6/27/2007
Needlestick Injuries Common Among Surgery Students

Incidents that could pass on HIV, hepatitis often go unreported, study finds

6/18/2007
Bariatric Surgery Safe for Many Older Patients

Study finds no difference in post-op complications or death based on age, Medicare status

6/15/2007
Artificial Arteries Might Aid Bypass Patients

The lab-grown vessels are working well in rats, researchers say

6/14/2007
Drunkenness Comes Faster After Gastric Surgery

Oprah show revelations sparked a study into the phenomenon

6/14/2007
Blood Pressure Drop During Bypass Might Impair Thinking

Reasons for the phenomenon aren't yet clear, researchers say

6/12/2007
Abnormal Red Blood Cell Count Spells Trouble in Surgery

Too high or too low levels up risk of post-op death for older men, study says

6/12/2007
Blacks Less Likely to Get Angioplasty After Heart Attack

U.S. Medicare study shows a gap, but reasons remain unclear

6/1/2007
Biodegradable Stent Successful in Human Trial

Could be the future of these artery-opening devices, German researchers report.

5/30/2007
Back Surgery Can Quickly Relieve Pain

But waiting won't hurt your chances of recovery, new research suggests

5/30/2007
Post-Injury MRI Predicts Spinal Cord Recovery

Key factors give patients, doctors realistic goals, researchers say

5/29/2007
High-Tech Images Can Reveal Stent Status

The technology to see if it is open or blocked could one day spare some patients invasive tests, study suggests

5/28/2007
Study to Assess Weight Loss Surgery for Teens

NIH to determine if surgical option is appropriate for overweight youngsters

5/23/2007
Experience Counts in Colonoscopy: Study

Doctors become proficient at about 150 procedures, researchers say

5/22/2007
MRI May Improve Breast Cancer Surgery

The scans can point to new regions needing excision, researchers say

5/21/2007
Female Urinary Incontinence Surgeries Go Head-to-Head

Trial finds 'sling' procedure gives better results, but has higher complication rate

5/11/2007
Stenting Abdominal Arteries Relieves 'Intestinal Angina'

Left untreated, the condition can lead to nausea, weight loss

5/11/2007
Implanted Defibrillators Are Getting Better

Failure rates are falling, but one expert also sees flaws in a new study

5/10/2007
5/10/2007
Patching Device Repairs Hole in Heart

Ventricular septal defects are rare but potentially deadly

5/8/2007
Half of Drug-Coated Stents Used Off-Label

But this unapproved use doesn't boost patients' risk, studies conclude

5/8/2007
Angioplasty Beats Drugs in Restoring Heart's Blood Flow

Procedure eases a dangerous condition called 'silent ischemia' after heart attack, study shows

5/3/2007
Clot-Preventing Drug Improves Heart Blood Flow After Angioplasty

But doctors question whether the practice results in long-term benefits