Misc. Surgery News

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But one expert says these statistics are outdated, because new procedures make surgery safer and less invasive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

7/14/2006
Surgery a Lifesaver When Aortic Dissection Strikes

Cardiac condition that killed actor John Ritter mimics heart attack, experts say

7/10/2006
New Method Gauges Anxiety Linked to Implanted Defibrillators

Assessing patient fears helps spot those in need of counseling, researchers say

7/7/2006
New Method Gauges Weight-Loss Surgery Risk

Very obese, hypertensive males at greatest danger of fatal complications, experts say

7/6/2006
C-Section Timing Best Left to Doctor

In non-emergencies, waiting more than 30 minutes won't boost risk, study finds

6/28/2006
Surgeons Pioneer New Jaw Reconstruction Technique

It could help patients disfigured by oral cancers

6/22/2006
Older Transfused Blood May Raise Risks After Surgery

Units near the 42-day storage limit could boost heart patients' chances of death, study finds

6/20/2006
Pricey Heart Procedure Best for Younger Patients

'Left atrial catheter ablation' is new, effective and very expensive, study finds

6/15/2006
Intestinal Surgery Could Raise Women's Infertility Risk

In colitis patients, procedures tripled the odds compare to drug therapy.

6/15/2006
Gastric Bypass May Boost Blindness Risk

A lack of absorbed vitamin A is the link, researchers say

6/12/2006
Defibrillator Recipients Face Increased Heart-Failure Risk

They need more care than they're getting to ensure their health, study says

6/6/2006
Heart Patients Need More Fitness Follow-Up

Women are in worse physical shape than expected, study finds

6/6/2006
Health Tip: What to Expect After LASIK

Some people notice an immediate improvement

6/2/2006
Study Focuses on Cochlear Implant Placement

Implanting in one ear, and then the other ear later, might work best

5/26/2006
Study Compares Brain Aneurysm Treatments

Both 'coiling' and 'clipping' work well over long term

5/24/2006
2 Procedures Equal for Preemie Bowel Complication

Study finds intestinal infection can be treated with drainage or laparotomy

5/19/2006
Health Tip: Caring For Your Stitches

Keep the area clean, dry and protected

5/18/2006
Studies Gauge Safety of Replacing Implanted Defibrillators

The dilemma: Balancing surgical risks against those of device failure

5/17/2006
Weight-Loss Surgeries Safe at Teaching Hospitals

Academic medical centers have less than a 1 percent post-surgery death rate, study finds

5/16/2006
Study Supports Surgery for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Right now, most doctors forego surgery after tumors have spread

5/15/2006
Adult Heart Pumps Help Kids Waiting for Transplant

Study finds 85 percent survival rate with these implanted devices

5/15/2006
Health Tip: Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?

How to know if you're a candidate

5/8/2006
Lumpectomy Fine for Lobular Breast Cancers

Study finds this breast-conserving method doesn't raise risk for repeat surgeries

5/5/2006
Key Protein Predicts Need for Dialysis After Kidney Transplant

The test could greatly improve patient care, researchers say

5/5/2006
Nurses Give Surgeons Poor Grades on Teamwork in OR

Study suggests culture of intimidation might jeopardize patient safety

5/4/2006
New 'Bladeless' LASIK Eye Technique Equals Older Method

Researchers saw no differences in 6-month eye outcomes