Misc. Surgery News

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Article Title
8/1/2005
Surgeons Re-Assess C-Section Procedure

A much-debated practice may reduce scarring, study finds

8/1/2005
New Clotting Drug Fails in Trial

Heparinase I study stopped early due to side effects

7/29/2005
Hospital Reminders Lower Urinary Catheter Risk

System prompts doctors to remove the devices sooner

7/28/2005
Deadly Bacteria Times Its Attack

Research shows post-surgery infection strikes when immune system is weakest

7/27/2005
Cardio Drugs May Prevent Surgery-Linked Heart Attack

Beta blockers seem to shield high-risk patients, but more study needed

7/26/2005
PSA Changes Over Time Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

Doctors may need to stop focusing on single test results, studies suggest

7/26/2005
Stem Cells Restore Heart Function in Pigs

Trials in heart attack patients to begin soon, researchers say

7/25/2005
Paramedics Lack Training for Lifesaving Procedure

More practice needed for the insertion of breathing tubes, experts say

7/21/2005
Study to Focus on Preventing Aortic Aneurysm

Researchers will compare use of stents to 'watchful waiting'

7/21/2005
Better Treatment for Deviated Septum

New procedure corrects the nasal malformation up to 96 percent of the time

7/20/2005
Anesthesia Raises Head and Neck Surgery Risk

More time anesthetized raises odds for complications, study finds

7/19/2005
Ibuprofen Before Gum Surgery Raises Bleeding

Study suggests patients should halt use of the drug before procedure

7/18/2005
Less-Invasive Colon Surgery May Be Safer

Study finds lower risk of post-operative complications with laparoscopic technique

7/14/2005
Prayer Doesn't Help Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Bedside therapy had minimal effect as well, researchers find

7/13/2005
Bypass Costs Far Higher in U.S. Than in Canada

Americans pay over 80 percent more for similar outcomes, study finds

7/12/2005
Hospitals Show Heart-Failure Treatment Gap

Study finds wide variance on 4 key indicators

7/12/2005
Weight-Loss Surgeries Skyrocketing

Study found number of procedures quadrupled between 1998 and 2002

7/11/2005
Dangerous Aortic Ruptures Often Misdiagnosed

One of these events killed actor John Ritter in 2003

7/8/2005
New Thyroid Surgery Uses Smaller Incision

It's safe and speeds healing, surgeons say

7/6/2005
New Lung Cancer Surgery Speeds Healing

Inserting a camera, surgeons work without opening the chest

6/29/2005
Transplant Drug Has Good, Bad Side

Daclizumab lowers rejection in heart patients but raises infection dangers

6/27/2005
Women's Cardiac Care Varies by Hospital

Survival is improving, survey finds, but rates differ between centers

6/24/2005
Restoring Full Blood Flow Boosts Bypass Survival

Researchers also urge transplanted arteries instead of veins

6/23/2005
Collaborative Effort Cuts Rate of Surgical Site Infections

43 hospitals across country reduced it by 27 percent, report finds

6/23/2005
Gene Therapy Improves Heart Stem Cell Treatment

Tweaking a gene got rid of arrhythmia complication, researchers report

6/22/2005
Keyhole Surgery Works with Colon Cancer

Less invasive technique effective, with faster recovery time, less pain

6/20/2005
Overweight People More Likely to Survive Bypass Surgery

But they have procedure at younger ages, researchers note

6/16/2005
Scientists Grow Heart Bypass Blood Vessels in Lab

Bioengineering could benefit patients unsuitable for coronary surgery

6/16/2005
Pre-Surgery Plane Travel Raises Clot Risk

Long flights boost odds 30 times, study finds

6/16/2005
Back Surgery Fails to Live Up to Hype

In study, surgeons' predictions of pain relief didn't match outcomes

6/14/2005
Stent Treatment May Be Best Even Hours After Heart Attack

Study might challenge existing treatment guidelines

6/14/2005
Epilepsy Surgery Brings Long-Term Seizure Relief

Most patients remain attack-free decades later, study finds

6/8/2005
Study: Public Disclosure Makes Docs More Cautious

Concern about record may bias physicians against surgery for sicker patients

6/7/2005
Study Frowns on Over-The-Counter Lip Enhancers

These cremes may promise more than they deliver

6/6/2005
New Test Could Speed Cardiac Care

Blood screen quickly identifies heart failure type

6/2/2005
Eye Allergies Can Spur Corneal Transplant Failure

But study also suggests new means of stopping transplant rejection

6/1/2005
Obesity, Diabetes Raise Joint Replacement Risks

Study finds more complications in hypertensive patients, too

5/31/2005
Experts Weigh in On the Better Bypass

Use of heart-lung machine depends on surgeon's skill, AHA concludes

5/26/2005
Adenoid, Tonsil Removal Improves Childhood Asthma

Study finds dramatic reductions in need for medication after surgery

5/25/2005
Bypass Beats Stents for Heart Surgery

The new findings run counter to previous studies, however

5/25/2005
Depressed Heart Surgery Patients Face Higher Mortality Rates

Physicians should pay closer attention to emotional well-being, study suggests

5/24/2005
Rehab Equals Surgery for Low Back Pain

Spinal fusion's small benefit not worth expense, risks, study finds

5/17/2005
Non-Stick Teflon Stents Saving Lives

They resist reclosure as they prop open arteries, study finds

5/13/2005
'Keyhole' Surgery Found Effective for Colorectal Cancer

But there are a limited number of qualified surgeons for the small-incision procedure

5/11/2005
Study: Surgery Best for Prostate Cancer

But experts say this decision is best made by patient and his doctor

5/9/2005
Study: 'Arm Lift' Plastic Surgery Generally Safe

But nerve damage did occur in 5% of cases, researchers say

5/4/2005
Fish Oil Nutrient Boosts Ailing Hearts

Better outcomes for bypass patients and those using pacemakers

5/3/2005
Drug-Coated Stents Show Shortfalls

Real-life results below those in controlled trials, study finds

4/25/2005
Bypass Surgery Doesn't Harm Cognitive Ability

New study finds heart procedure free of lasting deficits

4/25/2005
High-Volume Hospitals Best for Aortic Valve Repair

There's a better chance of getting the best device for your age, study finds