Misc. Surgery News

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3/27/2006
Human-to-Human 'Mad Cow'-Like Infection Possible

Mouse studies suggest blood transfusions, surgeries could transmit disease

3/24/2006
ACL Tears Bring Women Long-Term Bone Loss

Study found persistent deficits years after surgery

3/24/2006
New Thyroid Surgeries Require Smaller Incisions

Two high-tech methods work well, study finds

3/24/2006
Joint Replacement Demand Could Mean Long Wait Times

Millions of knees, hips will need replacing, with too few surgeons

3/23/2006
New Techniques Lengthen Legs

Orthopedic advances focus on cases where limbs are of unequal length

3/23/2006
Preparation Brings Better Hip Replacement Outcomes

Medical exams, physical conditioning can help, studies show

3/23/2006
Ankle Fracture Surgery Helps All Ages

Older patients fared well, but may need more intensive rehab, experts say

3/22/2006
Weight-Loss Surgery Not Without Risks

Age and type of surgery seem to be the key factors, study finds

3/17/2006
Preventive Mastectomy Offers Women Relief

Most had no regrets after opting for removal of unaffected breast, study found

3/17/2006
Hysterectomy Can Lower Sexual Desire

Surgery involving removal of ovaries may also decrease sexual pleasure, researchers add

3/15/2006
Outlook Improving for Heart, Lung Transplant Recipients

More than two-thirds survive at least 3 years, study shows

3/14/2006
Blood Thinner Protects Heart Patients

Abciximab boosted survival after angioplasty, stent placement, study found

3/13/2006
Women, Minorities Less Likely to Get Best Heart Attack Care

White male patients are most often transferred to high-quality medical centers, study finds

3/10/2006
Less-Than-Perfect Kidneys Can Still Save Lives

Double transplants using sub-optimal organs may ease kidney shortage, experts say

3/9/2006
Procedure Spares Hearing After Acoustic Neuroma

Excising these benign tumors from above the ear works best, study finds

2/27/2006
Infection Raises Women's Post-Bypass Death Risk

Finding could explain why women are more likely to die after the surgery

2/27/2006
Treating Older Men's Prostate Cancer May Be Wiser Course

Study argues against the practice of 'watchful waiting'

2/21/2006
Two Drug-Coated Stents Perform Equally Well

Head-to-head trial of the artery-opening devices found little difference

2/20/2006
Chewing Gum Key to Colon Surgery Recovery

Study: Patients who chewed left hospital an average of more than 2 days earlier

2/18/2006
Protein Predicts Marrow Transplant Trouble

High levels of TNF point to a potentially fatal complication, study finds

2/14/2006
Drugs May Hinder, Not Help, Angioplasty

Common practice may actually raise risks to patients, researchers say

2/13/2006
Surgery May Be Best Time to Quit Smoking

Post-op anesthesia dulls nicotine withdrawal, researchers believe

2/12/2006
Weight-Loss Surgery: For Some, the Last Hope

A normal life is the reward for suitable candidates

2/9/2006
Surgeries to Remove Precancerous Cervical Lesions Raise Obstetric Risks

One expert believes doctors should return to older, safer method

2/9/2006
Organ Removal Not the Only Option for Kidney Cancer Patients

For small tumors, excising just the cancer may be enough, experts say

2/3/2006
Lung-Reduction Surgery May Help Some Emphysema Patients

Major study finds it can boost survival, quality of life

2/1/2006
Insulin Therapy in Medical ICUs Offers Limited Benefit

Complications were reduced, but death rates were not, study finds

1/31/2006
Surgeon's Area of Specialty Affects Ovarian Cancer Results

But hospital volume and surgeon experience has little impact, studies find

1/30/2006
Popular Heartburn Drugs Help Fight Peptic Ulcers

Drugs like Prevacid or Prilosec cut bleeding risks, research shows

1/25/2006
Heart-Surgery Drug Poses Risks: Study

It can cause kidney failure, stroke, heart problems, researcher says

1/25/2006
Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Rate Remains Low

Study finds little change despite recent law mandating insurance coverage

1/25/2006
Health Tip: Is Laser Eye Surgery for You?

U.S. Government issues some cautions

1/25/2006
Statins May Prevent Sepsis in Heart Patients

Risk of deadly reaction to infection was reduced by cholesterol drugs, study says

1/20/2006
Spine-Repair Technique Comes With Risks

Cementing vertebrae raises odds for fracture in adjacent areas, study finds

1/17/2006
Surgery Not Always the Answer for Hernias

Men with few painful symptoms may want to leave injury alone, study finds

1/16/2006
MRI Best for Cochlear Implant Diagnosis

It outperforms the more widely used CT scan, study finds

1/16/2006
Angioplasty Works Best When Hospitals Use It Most

Making the procedure first-line therapy makes a difference, study finds

1/11/2006
Inhaled Anti-Rejection Drug Boosts Lung Transplant Survival

But the medication is not available for widespread use, study notes

1/6/2006
A Consumer's Guide to Surgery

Government brochure designed to help people make informed decisions

1/4/2006
Right Amount of Radiation Improves Odds Against Breast Cancer

Giving it after mastectomy increased survival rates after 10 years

1/1/2006
New Technique Eases Herniated Disk

Small-incision surgery offers good results, speedy recovery

12/29/2005
Drug-Eluting Stents May Cause Allergic Reactions

But they remain a lifesaving device for heart patients, study finds

12/27/2005
Vitamin B Deficiency a Danger After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Case study notes need to monitor patients for resulting neurological condition

12/20/2005
Complications Common With Post-Mastectomy Breast Implants

Almost a third of women will encounter problems, a new study finds

12/20/2005
Gastric Bypass Surgeries Soaring

The number of Americans undergoing these procedures grew four-fold between 1998 and 2002, study finds

12/19/2005
Gene-Coated Stents May Boost Healing

The new technology could bring gene therapy to the inside of arteries

12/16/2005
Doc-to-Doc 'Hand-Offs' Impact Patient Safety

Hospitals must improve communication during shift changes, study finds

12/16/2005
Radiation After Lumpectomy Improves Survival Odds

International trial found it made a difference 15 years later

12/15/2005
Drugs as Effective as Surgery for Chronic Reflux

New report compares various treatment options for the common ailment

12/13/2005
Cataract Surgery Rates Tied to Physician Reimbursement

Payment for each procedure results in more surgeries, new study finds