Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

5/29/2003
Study Questions Popular Fertility Surgery for Men

Says it doesn't work, but other experts rally behind blood vessel procedure

5/27/2003
Surgery Beats Drugs for Fixing Blood Flow to Heart

Study finds it reduces risk of cardiac death more than medication alone

5/20/2003
Surgery Won't Help All Emphysema Patients

Expensive operation helps only certain patients

5/9/2003
Study Backs Laparoscopy for Hernia Repair

Causes less pain, fewer complications for most patients

5/8/2003
Risky Stroke-Preventing Surgery Still Common

Study: Over 10% of carotid endarterectomies found inappropriate

4/29/2003
Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Impotency

Men with damaged nerves after prostate surgery may benefit, researchers say

4/25/2003
Hip Replacement Safe for Oldest Patients

It can provide people 90 and older improved quality of life, study finds

4/24/2003
Improving Odds Against Esophageal Cancer

Death rates lower with minimally invasive esophagectomies

4/16/2003
Cancer Drug Improves Stent Outcomes

Taxol keeps narrowed vessels open after angioplasty, study finds

4/2/2003
Radiosurgery Pinpoints Spinal Tumors

Imaging method delivers precise dose of radiation without damaging healthy tissue

4/1/2003
Patients Not Always Clear on Heart Surgery Risks

Half couldn't recall details of informed consent but were happy with results

4/1/2003
Procedure Cuts Gall Bladder Surgery Complication

Debate continues over whether every patient should get it before operation

3/25/2003
Lung-Reduction Surgery Helps With Emphysema

Benefits last as long as five years for those in final stages of disease

3/17/2003
One Ear Tube Surgery Often Not Enough for Kids

Second operation common for 20 percent of patients, study finds

3/7/2003
One Woman's Battle With Colon Cancer

Molly McMaster, diagnosed with the disease at 23, remains cancer-free at 27

3/4/2003
Surgery or Medication Both Work Against Angina

Each approach has benefits, drawbacks

3/2/2003
Lower Back Pain a Familiar Ache

More than one-third of Americans suffer from it, a new survey shows

3/1/2003
Banish Those Bunions

Surgery for bony protrusion behind little toe has high success rate

2/24/2003
Genetic Discovery Could Cut Need for Transfusions

Genetic variant could reduce amount of transfused blood needed during operations

2/19/2003
Surgery Best for Hyperparathyroidism

Study recommends neck procedure for hormonal imbalance

2/19/2003
Surgery on Awake Patients May Cut Stroke Risk

Can report problems during a brain angioplasty

2/18/2003
Skin Cancer Surgery Safe on Outpatient Basis

Study finds Mohs procedure doesn't require hospital stay

2/10/2003
Which Blood-Thinning Drug Works Best?

Study to compare new med against heparin during heart surgery