Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

10/16/2003
Getting the Best Odds for Vascular Surgery

Hospital experience important, surgeon's experience more so

10/16/2003
New Fix for Aortic Arch Aneurysm

Repairs life-threatening bulge in part of artery that carries blood to head, body

10/15/2003
Acupuncture Calms Moms' Pre-Surgery Jitters

They report less anxiety as their children prepare for operation

10/14/2003
Study: Breast Biopsy Getting Ahead of Itself

Investigational technique now routine, and some fear prematurely

10/10/2003
Gastric Bypass Surgery Helps Diabetics

Procedure helps them control blood sugar, get off medications for disease

9/8/2003
Study: Office Surgery a Riskier Operation

Patients 10 times likelier to die or have adverse outcomes

9/5/2003
LASIK for Kids: An Option Whose Time May Be Near

Surgery shows promise for problems that don't respond to traditional treatments

9/3/2003
Hidden Danger in Bypass Operations

Common blood dilution procedure during surgery may damage organs, study finds

8/27/2003
Chemo Plus Surgery Boosts Bladder Cancer Survival

Dual treatments extended lifespans by 31 months

8/25/2003
Surgery Effective for Some With Epilepsy

Brain operations can succeed when medications fail

8/20/2003
Limited Radiation Promising for Breast Cancer

Five-year results show similar outcomes to conventional treatment

8/14/2003
New Relief for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Surgery to lengthen Achilles tendon reduces risk of repeat ulcers

8/8/2003
Clouds Forecast for Aging Eyes

But whether cataracts need removal depends on lifestyle

8/7/2003
Docs Don't Level With Women About Hysterectomies

Many perform more drastic surgery than may be needed, study says

8/6/2003
Less Invasive Biopsy for Breast Cancer Backed

Study favors looking at telltale lymph nodes in armpits

7/24/2003
Surgeons May Soon Be in Short Supply

Study finds there won't be enough heart, eye doctors to treat aging population

7/16/2003
Help for Atrial Fibrillation

Technique stops cardiac arrhythmia before it starts

7/14/2003
Lumpectomy as Effective as Mastectomy

20-year study shows length of life is the same, if breast cancer is caught early

7/10/2003
Surgery Not Needed for Many Brain Aneurysms

Babysitting may be best for small unruptured vessels

7/8/2003
Conjoined Twins Die in Risky Surgery

Experts debate whether it will be tried on other adults

7/6/2003
Ceramic Revolutionizes Hip-Replacement Surgery

Material lasts much longer, produces less friction

7/5/2003
Stomach Surgery for the High School Set

Advocates call it life-changing for obese teens; critics say it should be a last resort

7/3/2003
Radical Cancer Surgery for High-Risk Women Questioned

Commentary says studies may have misjudged how much removing breasts, ovaries helps

6/19/2003
Stopping Brain Aneurysms Without Surgery

Procedure used to treat weaknesses in arterial walls

6/12/2003
Surgery to Prevent Stroke Worthwhile

Study finds carotid artery cleaning useful in people over 80 who face high risk

6/3/2003
MRIs Don't Improve Back Pain Care

They're costlier than X-rays, and lead to unnecessary surgery

5/30/2003
Menorrhagia: When Your Time of the Month is Too Much

New treatments can reduce heavy bleeding, need for hysterectomy