Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

12/12/2005
Epilepsy Surgery Eases Depression, Anxiety: Study

It's typically performed on patients whose disorder can't be controlled by drugs

12/7/2005
Face Transplants: Medicine's New Ethical Dilemma

With a full U.S. transplant looming, some experts question when, if ever, the surgery is warranted

11/30/2005
New Screens Help Spot Football Injuries

MRI, X-ray are giving doctors a better picture

11/29/2005
Surgical Technique Cuts Islet Cell Transplant Complications

Experimental procedure designed for those with hard-to-control type 1 diabetes

11/28/2005
Distance Can Decide Breast Cancer Care

Rural women often face mastectomy if radiation isn't a near-by option, study finds

11/22/2005
Health Tip: Are You a Candidate for Knee Replacement?

Signs that surgery may be the best option

11/22/2005
Heart Surgery Riskier for Those Over 80

Doctors must weigh risks and benefits carefully, researchers conclude

11/17/2005
Obesity Ups Arrhythmia Risk After Bypass

Being overweight can more than double the odds, study found

11/8/2005
Blacks More Likely to Forego Lung Cancer Surgery

They may be misinformed about risks linked to these procedures, experts say

10/31/2005
Guidelines for Heart Treatment Benefit Patients

Better results, fewer complications when recommendations are followed, study finds

10/27/2005
Chewing Gum Speeds Surgery Recovery

Patients who chewed went home a day earlier after colon operation

10/26/2005
10/25/2005
Simple Tests Predict Post-Op Pain

Anxiety, sensitivity levels identify patients needing special care, experts say

10/25/2005
Oxygen Reduces Risk of Wound Infection

The higher the mixture, the lower the likelihood of problems, study finds

10/24/2005
Drug-Eluting Stents Better for Aging, Grafted Veins

Study found they outperformed bare metal stents

10/24/2005
New Drugs Better for Postoperative Nausea

Study found 95 percent of those taking them did not experience vomiting 24 hours later

10/22/2005
New Device Measures Brain Oxygen Levels

Technique could make surgery safer, study suggests

10/20/2005
Less Invasive Surgery Works for Sinus Tumors

Greater number of patients remain free of disease, study finds

10/18/2005
Prostate Surgery Safe for Older Men

Rates of death, complications are low if patient is in good health, study finds

10/18/2005
Studies Highlight Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Rehospitalization rates increased, and mortality rate higher for Medicare patients

10/18/2005
Radiation After Prostate Cancer Surgery Boosts Survival

It reduces the chance of tumor recurrence, new study finds

10/18/2005
Chemo-Radiation Combo Best Before Rectal Cancer Surgery

Study found tumor easier to remove, less likely to return

10/14/2005
Breast Cancer Treatment Guide Aimed at Hispanic Women

The free Spanish-language booklet covers lumpectomy, mastectomy options

10/13/2005
Stenting Can Open Blocked Brain Arteries

Study finds short-term benefits for stroke patients; longer-term research needed

9/30/2005
Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery Gaining Ground

It's safe and effective for certain patients, new study finds