Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
2/20/2004
Cod Liver Oil May Delay Osteoarthritis

Prospect could reduce number of joint replacements

2/19/2004
Seizure Drug Might Have Cosmetic Uses

Early study touts drug's ability to improve the appearance of scars

2/18/2004
Skin Cancer Surgery Prompts Better Sun Habits

People more likely to protect themselves from UV rays after procedure

2/17/2004
Surgery Helps Treat Sleep Apnea

Removing glands, tonsils to widen airways improves symptoms of disorder, study finds

2/17/2004
New Lens Expands Horizons for Cataract Patients

Multifocal lens mimics sight provided by the human eye

2/16/2004
Teaching Hospitals Safe Place for Tricky Surgeries

They have lower death rates for certain complex gastrointestinal procedures

2/13/2004
Some Hospital Stays Too Long

European hospitals hold heart attack patients longer than necessary

2/12/2004
Combo Treatment Improves Odds Against Certain Cancers

Heated chemotherapy, surgery may boost survival rates for some abdominal cavity tumor patients

2/11/2004
Repairing Heart Ruptures

Catheter-guided device seals damage from deadly complication of heart attack

2/5/2004
Angioplasty an Option for Clogged Brain Arteries

Procedure prevents stroke in those who don't respond to medication

2/5/2004
Vaginal Delivery After Caesarean Carries Dangers

Serious complications possible for women who try, study finds

2/5/2004
Blood-Diverting Catheter May Help Stroke Victims

New device that redirects flow shows promise in pilot study

2/4/2004
Coating Intestines Protects Against Deadly Infection

Study finds direct injection after surgery works without antibiotics

2/1/2004
Mussels' Sticking Power Could Help Humans

Research on the mollusks may lead to development of new surgical adhesives

1/28/2004
Robots in the Operating Room

Doctors' use of camera-guided system in surgery benefits young heart patients

1/27/2004
Saving the Spine

Study examines new artificial disc for degenerative disease

1/24/2004
Hi-Tech Tool Offers Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

It's designed to minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissue

1/23/2004
Killing Pain One Drip at a Time

New technique leaves patients less distressed after surgeries

1/21/2004
Study Backs Chemo for Lung Cancer

Finds cisplatin-based therapy increases survival after surgery

1/21/2004
Radiation Urged After Breast Conserving Surgery

Study finds it boosts survival rates, cuts on relapse of cancer

1/21/2004
Keeping Diabetes at Bay After Transplant

Anti-inflammatory prevents recurrence of disease in mice after islet cell operation

1/15/2004
Caesareans Cut Chances of Future Vaginal Delivery

Researchers say consequences are far-reaching

1/14/2004
New Ways to Catch Heart Defect

Studies outline better methods to detect and treat dangerous condition

1/13/2004
Sizing Up the Risks of Outpatient Surgery

Patient's health, location of procedure affect outcomes for seniors

1/13/2004
Informed Consent Doesn't Change Choice to Have Cataract Surgery

Patients aren't influenced by explanation of risks of procedure, study finds

1/8/2004
FDA Nixes Silicone Breast Implants for Now

Agency still concerned about long-term effects

1/8/2004
Seeking Sound Slumber for Children

New test pinpoints obstructive sleep apnea in kids

1/7/2004
Profits Don't Deter Surgical Care in HMOs

Similar rates of costly operations in profit, nonprofit Medicare plans

12/31/2003
Off-Pump Bypass Surgery Not for Everyone

Study finds fewer grafts remain open under procedure

12/31/2003
Gastric Bypass Surgery Cures Diabetes

French researchers find disease quelled even if patient isn't obese

12/29/2003
Genetic Testing Helps Breast Cancer Patients

Women with an increased chance of disease have more surgical options

12/22/2003
Study Backs Keyhole Appendectomies

Minimally invasive surgery leads to few complications, quick recovery

12/16/2003
New Technique Tames Tonsillectomy Pain

Surgical procedure reduces postoperative discomfort

12/12/2003
When Toddlers Need Surgery

Prepare them a day in advance

12/10/2003
Interferon Doesn't Improve Odds With Melanoma

Low doses after surgery made little difference in recurrence rates, study finds

12/4/2003
Company Defends New Drug-Coated Stent's Safety Record

Clotting risk no greater than with bare metal stents

12/3/2003
Predicting Breast Cancer's Spread

New computerized tool helps doctors determine whether disease will metastasize

12/1/2003
Gastric Bypass Surgery Risky in Very Obese

Procedure a double-edged sword for these patients, study finds

11/25/2003
Experience Counts with Risky Surgery

Study finds death rates much lower at high-volume hospitals

11/25/2003
Finding Best Treatment for Heart Failure

International study tries to find which therapies will work best

11/12/2003
Implants Help Parkinson Patients to a Point

Improvements seen in 5 years, but other symptoms remain

11/12/2003
Healing Your Own Heart Valves

Those engineered from a patient's tissue can repair damage

11/12/2003
Emergency Surgery Critical After Failed Angioplasty

Delaying it may put patients at risk, study finds

11/10/2003
Stents Do the Trick for Heart Patients

They're a cost-effective way to open arteries, study finds

11/7/2003
New Surgery for Advanced Eye Disease

Two-stage treatment works on age-related macular degeneration

10/24/2003
More Than One Stent at a Time Safe After All

Multiple, simultaneous stenting of arteries poses no dangers, study says

10/24/2003
Treating Atrial Fibrillation a New Way

Closing left atrial pouch helps prevents strokes, study says

10/23/2003
No Need to Flush Bowels Before Surgery

Study says mechanical bowel preparation not needed before colorectal procedures

10/22/2003
Heavy Drinking Linked to Surgical Infection

Alcohol consumption increases risk of post-operative infection

10/21/2003
Gallbladder Surgery Best Left to Experts

High death rate from complications drops under skilled hands