Misc. Surgery News

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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

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