Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

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