Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

1/30/2007
Stenting Surgery Could Prevent Heart Injury Deaths

'Endografts' may replace riskier open-chest surgery after aortic tears, study finds

1/29/2007
Top U.S. Hospitals Have 28% Lower Mortality Rate: Study

Annual survey finds growing gap between high-quality institutions and rest of the field

1/29/2007
Two-Minute Pre-Op Meeting Curbs Surgical Errors

Short briefing to identify critical details should be a national standard, study suggests

1/26/2007
Lap Band Surgery Helps Obese Teens: Study

The weight-loss procedure is currently only approved for adults in the U.S.

1/24/2007
Embolization for Fibroids Leads to Faster Recovery

But, quality of life for women similar to surgery after one year, study finds

1/22/2007
Determined Breast Cancer Patients Seek Better Surgeons

Those who look for the best care often find it, study suggests

1/20/2007
Combo Therapy Improves Pancreatic Surgery Outcome

Study finds radiation and chemotherapy boosts cancer patients' survival rates

1/19/2007
Antibiotic-Coated Medical Devices Could Cut Infections

Scientists can now attach penicillin to a polymer surface

1/16/2007
Chemotherapy After Surgery Delays Pancreatic Cancer Recurrence

Additional treatment increased disease-free survival time by six months, study reports

1/15/2007
Combining Heart and Stroke-Prevention Surgeries Raises Death Risk

Researchers say more investigation is needed into linking the procedures

1/15/2007
Anesthetic Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

Researchers found evidence of neuron death and beta-amyloid plaques after use of isoflurane

1/12/2007
Prostate Surgery Is Viable Option for Older Men

No need to withhold the choice for patients in their 70s, research suggests

1/11/2007
Cardiologists Issue Guidelines for Stent Use

Goal is to reduce blood-clot risk in heart patients getting drug-coated devices

1/5/2007
Awareness Under Anesthesia Less Common Than Thought

Study finds many cases are mistaken or do not cause severe effects

1/5/2007
Implantable Defibrillator Not for Every Heart Patient

New test detects who will benefit from the costly device, study finds

1/2/2007
Inflammation-Fighting Drug Fails in Heart Trial

But researchers think the approach could one day pay dividends

1/2/2007
Health Tip: After Appendectomy

How to care for yourself

1/1/2007
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: A New Approach

For some women, it offers faster, less painful recoveries

12/29/2006
Study Compares Laser Eye Surgery Techniques

Researchers saw no difference between LASIK and newer LASEK

12/29/2006
High-Tech Robots Invading Operating Rooms

They can provide a steady 'hand' to surgeons, experts say

12/27/2006
Generic Anti-Nausea Drug Approved

Zofran prescribed after surgery or chemotherapy

12/27/2006
Surgery a Bigger Risk for HIV-Infected Patients

Odds for post-op pneumonia are much higher in this group, study finds

12/15/2006
FDA Strengthens Warning on Heart Surgery Drug

Cardiovascular, kidney risks mean Trasylol should only be used in special circumstances

12/14/2006
Community Doctors Can Perform Carotid Stenting

Study shows good results with training for surgery to prevent stroke

12/12/2006
Treatment Beats Watchful Waiting for Older Prostate Cancer Patients

Death rate was 31 percent lower in group that got surgery or radiation, study says

12/11/2006
Health Tip: Getting a Second Opinion

When you should talk to another doctor