Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

12/8/2006
Health Tip: Planning Obesity Surgery?

Possible complications to consider

12/8/2006
Drug-Coated Stents Don't Boost Death Risk, U.S. Advisers Say

But the devices may be the cause of blood clots, FDA panel notes

12/6/2006
FDA Panel to Weigh Value of Drug-Coated Stents

Safety concerns are raising doubts about the artery-opening devices

11/30/2006
Common Surgery Leaves Knee Weaker

Removal of meniscus impairs strength of quadriceps muscle, study finds

11/22/2006
Fetal Oxygen Test Fails to Deliver

It doesn't predict need for C-section or alert docs to problems, study finds

11/22/2006
CT Scans Aid Facial Reconstruction

They help surgeons create more natural implants, study finds

11/21/2006
Surgery Only Slightly Better for Herniated Disc

Many patients with sciatic pain improve with other methods, studies find

11/21/2006
Tonsillectomy May Prevent Recurrent Strep Throat in Kids

Intact tonsils triple the risk for infection, study finds

11/20/2006
One Dose of Antibiotics Prevents Post-Surgery Infection

Cutting back on the drugs could save hospitals money with no risk to patients, study finds

11/16/2006
Animal-Tissue Heart Valves Appear Safe

They equal mechanical devices in extending young patients' survival, study finds

11/15/2006
Drug-Coated Stents Can Keep Leg Arteries Clear

They may work equally well in lower, upper body, study finds

11/14/2006
Smoking Linked to Cognitive Decline in Heart Patients

Even those who gave it up decades ago had more problems after heart surgery

11/14/2006
Angioplasty Won't Always Cut Risk for Second Heart Attack

Using the procedure more than 3 days after an attack does no good, study finds

11/13/2006
Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloons Keep Arteries From Reclosing

The finding could eliminate the need for drug-coated stents, study suggests

11/13/2006
Doctors Debate the Merits of Drug-Coated Stents

Some worry the artery-opening devices may contribute to long-term mortality

11/13/2006
Key Steps Speed Heart Attack Care

All U.S. hospitals should follow these six rules, researchers say

11/6/2006
Smoking Worsens Prostate Cancer Therapy Side Effects

Smoking patients had higher rates of gastrointestinal troubles, study found

10/25/2006
CT Scans Catch Lung Cancer at Earliest Stage

When followed by surgery, 10-year survival rate soars, researchers found

10/24/2006
Minorities Less Likely to Receive Care at High-Volume Hospitals

This trend may indicate lower quality of surgical care, studies suggest

10/23/2006
Artificial Lung Valve Could Aid Emphysema Paitients

Device could help some avoid surgery, experts say

10/20/2006
'Flex' Training Can Boost Number of Surgeons

Rigorous, years-long programs cause many students to drop out, experts note

10/20/2006
New Hemorrhoid Therapy Comes With Risk

'Stapling' boosts odds of recurrence compared to conventional surgery, study finds

10/18/2006
Surgery Better Than Stents at Stroke Prevention

French trial focused on patients with blocked arteries who showed symptoms