Misc. Surgery News

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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

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
Botox Reduces Facial Scarring

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