Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
5/1/2007
Weight Training Helps Workers With Rotator Cuff Injuries: Study

Resistance exercises got people back to work faster than traditional therapy

4/23/2007
Novel Stent Relieves Acute Heart Pain

It diverts blood to oxygen-starved heart muscle, researchers say

4/18/2007
Prilosec Helps Control Bleeding in Ulcer Patients

The drug appears to reduce the need for more invasive treatment, study says

4/18/2007
Many Kids in ICU Don't Need Transfusions

Finding could reduce unnecessary procedures and risks to children, experts say

4/17/2007
Nerve-Severing Surgery Curbs Excessive Sweating: Study

Minimally invasive procedure cut signals to glands for sufferers of hyperhidrosis

4/10/2007
Severely Obese Are Fastest Growing Segment of Overweight Americans

Study finds this group grew by 50% from 2000 to 2005

4/9/2007
Study Questions Value of Stents for Blocked Heart Artery

More improvements may be needed to boost patient outcomes, experts say

4/9/2007
Women Under-Treated for Ovarian Cancer

A third of U.S. patients don't get recommended surgical treatment, study finds

4/2/2007
Enzyme Discovery Could Greatly Expand Blood Supply

Molecules can convert A and B blood types to universal O

3/27/2007
Experimental Drug Controls Cardiac Patients' Blood Pressure

Another study finds a quick way to spot cause of shortness of breath

3/26/2007
Studies Highlight Pitfalls of Drug-Coated Stents

For example, many patients don't take drugs that can ward off dangerous clots

3/26/2007
Docs' Referral Practices Limit Breast Reconstruction

Findings show only 16% of U.S. women who've had mastectomy have plastic surgery

3/23/2007
Outpatient Surgeries Carry Serious Risks

Age, heart disease can boost odds of adverse events, experts warn

3/23/2007
Bypass Better Than Stent Use for Blocked Artery

Studies favor bypass, but experts say decision must be made on case-by-case basis

3/23/2007
Spinal Disc Transplant Shows Promise Against Back Pain

Chinese team reports good results from small 5-year trial

3/21/2007
Study Compares Late-Stage Lung Cancer Treatments

For many patients, radiation may outperform surgery following chemotherapy

3/21/2007
Lymph Nodes Crucial to Colon Cancer Care

Examining them helps guide treatment, and study suggests doctors could do more

3/20/2007
Better Measurements, Better Results After Facial Reconstruction

New technique helps normalize outcomes, researchers say

3/20/2007
Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise -- Again

Botox, liposuction among the most popular procedures in 2006, survey finds

3/19/2007
Doctors, Not Patients, Often Decide Where Surgeries Are Performed

Just one-fifth of patients said they made this decision, study found

3/15/2007
Genes Can Predict Hip Replacement Success

Finding may lead to new treatments and better artificial hips, experts say

3/14/2007
Weekend Heart Attacks Can Be Deadlier

Patients less likely to get artery-opening procedures, study says

3/14/2007
Health Tip: Talk to Your Anesthesiologist

Information you should provide before surgery

3/12/2007
Weight-Loss Surgery Caution: Take Your Vitamins

Post-op thiamine deficiency can trigger rare but serious brain condition, experts warn

3/11/2007
Blood: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

But donations always lag behind the need, experts say

3/7/2007
Majority of Drug-Coated Stent Use Not Approved by FDA

More research on the controversial practice is needed, researchers say

3/6/2007
Medication Errors During Surgeries Particularly Dangerous

Study of 500 U.S. hospitals found mistakes in this setting were three times more likely to cause harm

3/6/2007
Specialty Heart Hospitals Increase Rate of Surgeries

But the for-profit centers may be offering needed services, study suggests

3/6/2007
CT Scans May Not Lower Lung Cancer Death Rate

New findings are at odds with those of an earlier trial, however

3/6/2007
More Teens Are Undergoing Obesity Surgery

The numbers are still small, but experts say the procedure can be beneficial

3/5/2007
Steroid Shots Provide Little Relief for Low Back Pain

Panel finds epidurals don't provide long-term benefit beyond 3 months

3/5/2007
Nearly 80% of Hospitalized Kids Get 'Adult-Only' Drugs

'Off-label' practice is worrisome because of lack of research into safety and effectiveness

3/2/2007
Vacuum Method Breaks Up DVT Blood Clots

Lingering deep vein clots can cause serious trouble, doctors warn

2/28/2007
Hip-Surgery Complications More Common in Obese Women: Study

Gender differences in fat distribution, metabolic response may explain poorer results

2/27/2007
Hospital and Primary Care Docs Need to Talk

Too often, lines of communication break down, threatening patient safety, study finds

2/20/2007
'Off-Pump' Bypass Won't Prevent Post-Op Mental Decline

Cognition levels were similar to patients who'd used heart-lung machine, study found

2/19/2007
Video-Gaming Docs May Make Better Surgeons

Best players made 47% fewer errors when performing laparoscopy, study found

2/16/2007
Smoking, Obesity Risk Factors for Spinal Procedures

Both problems boosted risks linked to back pain

2/16/2007
Music Video Helps Knee Replacement Patients

Instruction, exercising to tunes boosted recovery time 59% on average, study says

2/16/2007
Older Patients Shouldn't Delay Spinal Surgery: Study

Complication risks rise substantially after age 69, experts say

2/13/2007
Trial Looks at Timing of Anti-Clotting Drugs for Heart Attack Patients

Findings lean toward using them later, not sooner

2/13/2007
First Recombinant DNA-Based Suture Approved

Polymer material made from genetically modified bacteria

2/12/2007
Majority of Drug-Coated Stent Use Not Approved by FDA

More research on the controversial practice is needed, researchers say

2/8/2007
Carotid Artery Surgery Brings Higher Than Expected Risk

Odds for stroke, heart attack especially high for black patients, study finds

2/6/2007
Heart Surgery Drug May Boost Death Risk

Aprotinin had already been linked to kidney and heart failure, researchers note

2/5/2007
Brain Stents Might Help High-Risk Stroke Patients

Encouraging findings need to be confirmed in a larger trial, experts say

2/1/2007
New Technique Allows 'Feeling' in Artificial Arm

Innovative nerve growth could improve quality of life for amputees

1/31/2007
Pelvic Prolapse Linked to Vaginal Delivery

More than 200,000 U.S. women need corrective surgery each year due to the condition

1/30/2007
Brain Stents Could Give Aging Minds a Boost

Better blood flow appears to improve mental function, research shows

1/30/2007
Drug-Eluting Stents Best After Artery Re-Closure

Study upholds the use of these devices to replace bare metal stents