Misc. Surgery News

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10/17/2006
Obesity Boosts Complications From Sleep Apnea Surgery

Other risk factors include more severe disease, concurrent surgeries, study finds

10/17/2006
Breathing Training Benefits Heart-Surgery Patients

It helped reduce pulmonary complications, such as pneumonia, study finds

10/17/2006
Heart From Donor With Hepatitis C Reduces Survival

Study dashes hopes that these organs might be of wider use

10/16/2006
High Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Blood Clots After Surgery

Study finds a sixfold higher threat of pulmonary embolism after hip or knee replacements

10/16/2006
U.S. Hospital Outcomes Vary Widely

How well you do may depend on where you're admitted, report finds

10/12/2006
Ultrasound Successful in Thyroid Nodule Trial

Could eliminate need for surgery in many cases, researchers say

10/10/2006
Obesity Boosts Back Surgery Complication Rate

Doctors advise the very overweight to shed pounds beforehand

10/10/2006
Gel Could Offer Instant Bleeding Control

A new compound may make surgery safer, hamster study suggests

10/6/2006
Bypass Best for Clogged Arteries

It provides better survival than drugs or angioplasty, study found

10/4/2006
Study Favors One Type of Drug-Coated Stent

But experts call for better, longer trials of the artery-opening devices

9/28/2006
Plastic Mesh Improves Gastric Bypass Outcomes

It helps prevent a common hernia linked to the procedure

9/28/2006
Women Fare Better After Liver Transplant

They survive an average of nearly 5 years longer than males, study finds

9/28/2006
Higher Education Boosts Knee, Hip Replacement Rate

Better-educated patients more willing to try the surgery, study finds

9/21/2006
Deaths From Kidney Cancer on the Rise

Expert suggests lack of effective chemotherapy drugs might explain trend

9/20/2006
Program for Jehovah's Witness Patients Reduces Overall Blood Use

Transfusion-free procedure for liver transplants also cuts costs, study finds

9/18/2006
Plastic Surgery Clears Nasal Airways

'Functional rhinoplasty' relieves septal deviation, other woes

9/18/2006
Palate Implants Improve Sleep Apnea

They reduced snoring and daytime sleepiness for at least 15 months, study found

9/18/2006
Tiny Balloons Open Blocked Sinuses

Patients find relief with new, less invasive surgery, researchers report

9/15/2006
Ovary Removal Raises Young Women's Death Risk

The finding sheds new light on estrogen-replacement therapy, experts says

9/14/2006
Gum Implants Could Treat Periodontal Disease

Researchers say they release medicines that treat inflammation, infection

9/14/2006
Prostate Biopsy Doesn't Have to Be Painful

Targeted anesthesia can minimize discomfort, research shows

9/13/2006
Expensive, Drug-Coated Stents Offer Modest Benefit

Based on studies, bare-metal stents may be just as good, experts say

9/11/2006
Angioplasty Beats Bypass for High-Risk Male Patients

It's safer and more cost-effective, study finds

9/11/2006
Crustacean Compound Fights Bacterial Biofilms

Coating medical devices with it could keep infections at bay, researchers claim

8/30/2006
Older Surgeons Not Necessarily Better

Key factor is number of procedures performed, study finds

8/29/2006
Real-Time MRI a Boost to Brain Tumor Surgery

Tracking brain's speech, movement centers improves safety, surgeons say

8/25/2006
Imaging Makes Heart Rhythm Surgery Safer

'ICE' provides surgeons with real-time view of the esophagus

8/24/2006
8/24/2006
Botox Reduces Facial Scarring

It's the first such drug to do so, researchers say

8/22/2006
Prostate Drug Use May Mean Cataract Surgery Change

Flomax and other alpha-blockers may cause 'floppy iris syndrome,' but experts say simple eye drop change is all that's needed

8/22/2006
Health Tip: After Tonsillectomy

Help your child recover

8/18/2006
Cataract Treatment a Luxury Many Can Now Afford

Changes to Medicare extend coverage for cutting-edge therapies

8/18/2006
Needle Biopsy Gives Insight Into Breast Cancer Genetics

This information can help guide treatment, researchers say

8/17/2006
C-Section Rate at All-Time High in U.S.

Doctors concerned that convenience factor may be driving the trend

8/17/2006
Infusions Cut Surgical Complications for Alcoholic Patients

They are typically at high risk of post-op infections

8/14/2006
Doctors More Likely to Disclose Errors That Are Apparent to Patients

Survey finds open discussion of mistakes boosts quality and integrity of health care

8/14/2006
Health Tip: Having Hip Replacement Surgery?

Prepare before you head to the hospital

8/10/2006
Turning to Religion May Ease Medical Crises

Study finds less post-op depression, anxiety in religious patients

8/8/2006
Poor Heart Health Raises Bariatric Surgery Risk

In very obese patients, it led to longer procedures and more post-op complications

8/2/2006
Surgery Continues to Help Severe Emphysema Cases

U.S. trial finds patients often get symptom relief, with benefits lasting for years

7/28/2006
Robot Technology Improves Vaginal Prolapse Surgery

The condition occurs after hysterectomy in 1 out of 10 patients

7/27/2006
Breast Cancer Study Focuses on Women With Breast Implants

They may not need to undergo full mastectomy, researchers conclude

7/25/2006
Does Clearing Plaque From Brain Artery Ease Depression?

Inserting stents improved blood flow, but some question whether the surgery deserves the credit

7/24/2006
40% of Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Develop Complications

But one expert says these statistics are outdated, because new procedures make surgery safer and less invasive

7/21/2006
Suction Technique Improves Arterial Surgery

It removes plaque to free up blood flow to kidneys, researchers say

7/18/2006
Heating, Destroying Lung Tumors Extends Lives

'Thermal ablation' offers alternative for patients ineligible for surgery, researchers say

7/18/2006
Study Compares Treatments for Kids' Lung Infection

Cheaper enzyme therapy equals surgery for pneumonia complication, researchers report

7/18/2006
Gastric-Bypass Surgery Best for Super Obese: Study

But some weight-loss experts say the trial was too short and lacked enough patients

7/17/2006
Age No Barrier to Heart Valve Surgery

New findings show the procedure is now much safer for elderly patients

7/17/2006
E-Tags Could Prevent Surgical Errors

Embedding sponges with electronic locators useful, but expensive, experts say