Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
8/20/2004
New Technique for Thyroid Removal Shows Promise

Inserting endoscope through armpit leaves less scarring, study finds

8/20/2004
'Hot' Tonsillectomy Boosts Risk of Postoperative Bleeding

Yet U.S. doctors don't see this as a significant problem

8/18/2004
Snake Venom Provides Clue to Heart Drugs

It helped scientists figure out why new medication harmed some patients

8/11/2004
Caution on Pregnancy on Heels of Obesity Surgery

Doctors find it can have deadly complications for mom, baby

8/10/2004
New Clot Preventer Saves Lives and Money

Drug given faster, with fewer complications during artery-opening procedures

8/10/2004
Shortage of Seasoned Breast Cancer Surgeons Seen

Study: Medicare patients not getting experienced specialists

8/9/2004
Experience Counts With Coronary Bypass Surgery

Study says hospitals that handled more than 200 a year showed better survival rates

8/9/2004
Combo Treatment Best for Laryngeal Cancer Patients

Chemo-radiation offers better speech quality after treatment than surgery

8/5/2004
Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Is a Hit

Study finds majority of women were pleased with the results

8/5/2004
Risk Seen in Transfusions During Bypass

Study finds higher odds of death, stroke and infection

8/3/2004
Chemo Offers No Long-Term Survival Benefit for Colon Cancer

But the drug regimens studied are no longer recommended by doctors

8/3/2004
Alternative Therapy for Inoperable Lung Tumors

Radiofrequency ablation works when chemo, radiation can't

8/2/2004
Breast Cancer Treatment Guidelines Could Save Your Life

Study finds they increase chances of survival

7/30/2004
Simple Test Predicts Diabetes Amputation Success

Keeping blood sugar low could save lower limbs, research finds

7/27/2004
Bladder Cancer Patients Need Not Lose Their Bladder

Minimally invasive surgery, chemo and radiation can do the trick, study says

7/27/2004
Drug Cuts Death Risk for Heart Patients

Clonidine helps when given before non-cardiac surgery

7/23/2004
Is Angioplasty Right for All Heart Patients?

Experts differ over procedure's merits in many cases

7/23/2004
New Devices Seal Hole in Heart

Help with congenital defect that raises stroke risk

7/23/2004
Stenting Works on Smaller Arteries

Study says finding should put debate to rest

7/18/2004
Easing the Pain of Tonsillectomies

New radiofrequency technique spares kids long recovery times

7/12/2004
Obesity Surgery Doesn't Just Shrink Stomach

Also lowers levels of hunger hormone, study says

7/12/2004
Device Aids Coronary Bypasses

Gives surgeons use of 'robotic' arms

7/7/2004
Laser Helps Twins Who Don't Share the Womb Equally

New surgical intervention cuts deadly complication in utero

7/7/2004
Cutting Down on Cutting During Surgery

New technique eliminates need for abdominal incisions

7/2/2004
Helping Brains Stay Cool During Surgery

New system prevents swelling, damage during aneurysm procedure

7/2/2004
Stents As Good As Radiation for Blocked Arteries

Study finds benefits in devices that release drug

7/1/2004
New Kidney Cancer Therapy Shows Promise

Minimally invasive procedure 'cooks' tumor

6/29/2004
It's Official: Leeches Are Medical Applications

Bloodsuckers win FDA nod for treating skin grafts

6/28/2004
Second Heart Surgery Costly to Medicare

Researchers suggest drug-laced stents may save money

6/25/2004
Painkillers May Slow Rotator Cuff Healing

Rat study finds NSAIDs inhibit bone growth

6/23/2004
Study Questions Value of Folate in Heart Patients

The nutrient may damage arteries in those receiving stents

6/17/2004
Less-Invasive Weight-Loss Surgery Booming

Multiple, tiny incisions means less pain, scarring

6/15/2004
Hernia Surgery Easier On the Young

Younger patients report less pain after hernia repair

6/11/2004
Pain Pump Helps After Heart Surgery

Delivers numbing medication directly to site of incision

6/9/2004
Risks Seen in Therapy for Breathing Failure

Death rate of noninvasive intervention nearly doubled

6/9/2004
Fighting That Queasy Feeling After Surgery

New study could change hospital practices, reducing post-op nausea

6/7/2004
Blood Thinner Doesn't Work for All

One-fourth of patients don't respond to Plavix in small study

6/4/2004
Surgery to Stop Preterm Delivery Ineffective

Study may settle debate on stitching cervix shut

6/4/2004
Health Tip: Lasik Surgery Aftermath

What you should expect

6/2/2004
New Way to Ease Pain of Gallbladder Removal

Cox-2 inhibitors also cut down on complications after surgery

6/1/2004
Health Tip: Hair Transplant Caution

Questions to ask the surgeon

5/26/2004
IV Fluids Are Equal, Study Finds

Researchers say saline and albumin are both safe for ICU patients

5/25/2004
Small Healthy Side Effect of Smoking Discovered

Study finds heavy smokers who continue their habit after angioplasty do better

5/21/2004
Zapping Voice Disorders

Laser surgery faster, cheaper and simpler than standard procedure

5/19/2004
Health Tip: Dermabrasion

It smoothes out wrinkles and acne scars

5/19/2004
Plastic Surgeons Frown on Reality TV Shows

Say they raise false hopes, risks of complications

5/17/2004
Heart Attacks Less Deadly in Northeast Hospitals

Study finds survival rates highest in that part of the country

5/16/2004
A New Look to Heart Failure Treatment

Cardiologists reshape the heart to boost its strength

5/12/2004
Small-Incision Surgery Safe and Effective For Colon Cancer

It reduces pain, hospital time for patients, a new study says

5/10/2004
Outlook Good for Most Prostate Cancer Patients

Long-term survival rate high after surgery