Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
11/19/2002
Open-Heart Surgery on a Closed Chest

Robotic arms make operation less invasive and traumatic

11/15/2002
Ceramic Smooths Out Hip Implants

New devices expected to last longer with fewer problems

11/8/2002
Patients Seek Internet Rx

People are twice as likely to go online for information about medical procedures than ask their doctors, survey says

11/5/2002
Staff Changes Could Save Lives in ICUs

More critical care specialists needed, study says

11/5/2002
Many Who Want Obesity Surgery Have Mental Disorders: Study

Suggests careful evaluation before proceeding with gastric bypass operation

11/1/2002
Surgery Smarts

Seek answers before undergoing surgery

10/24/2002
Slinky-like Coils Foil Brain Aneurysms

Study finds they work better than surgery

10/22/2002
Nursing Shortage Can Have Deadly Consequences

High patient-to-nurse ratio linked to more deaths after surgery

10/21/2002
Surgery Doesn't Always Do the Trick for GERD

Study finds many patients still need drugs to ease their chronic indigestion

10/16/2002
Mastectomy No Better Than Breast-Conserving Surgeries

20-year survival rates are virtually identical

10/15/2002
Redheads Are a Tough Knockout in Surgery

Study finds they require more anesthesia

10/15/2002
Potatoes Stem Bleeding

A powder made from the vegetable works best at clotting blood during operations

10/15/2002
Surgery Rate After Angioplasty Nosedives

Better technique, new technology dramatically reduce need for an operation

10/2/2002
Wave of the Future in Surgery

Sound waves provide better fluid monitoring during operation

9/18/2002
What Works Best for Stress Incontinence?

Trial will compare two common surgeries for the condition

9/16/2002
Girls Have Higher Death Rates After Heart Surgery

Study finds that even youth doesn't diminish risk

9/11/2002
Surgery, Waiting a Toss-Up for Prostate Cancer Patients

Study finds advantages and disadvantages to both approaches

9/10/2002
Study Backs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Says it beats splinting for long-term relief

8/21/2002
Simpler Bypass Surgery Makes a Difference

Minimally invasive technique more effective than other procedures, study finds

8/21/2002
Mastectomies: More Is Not Better

25-year update of national study confirms more invasive procedure doesn't improve survival

8/20/2002
Cataracts Hurt Driving Skills

Surgery for older people reduces risk of auto accidents, study shows

8/16/2002
Mohs Surgery: Gold Standard for Skin Cancer

Painstaking procedure gets more of tumor, leaves less scarring

8/8/2002
Spare the Sutures

ER study says bandages sometimes enough for cut hands

8/1/2002
The Tale of Two Heart Drugs

Study compares drugs used in angioplasty

7/19/2002
Beam Me Up, Scotty

Space Age radiation surgery offers hope for spinal tumors

7/18/2002
Bladder Cancer Options

Study says other treatments as effective as bladder removal

7/15/2002
Heart Surgery May Cause Cognitive Decline

But the effects are usually short-lived, study finds

7/7/2002
Living With Prostate Cancer

Early detection is the key to thwarting this potentially deadly disease

7/2/2002
Spinal Fusion Surgery Uses Bone Protein

New procedure designed to eliminate need for second operation

6/27/2002
Study Backs Less Invasive Colon Cancer Surgery

Laparoscopy reduces hospital stay, complications, deaths

6/19/2002
New Hope for Cataract Patients

Implantable lens may benefit those who need surgery

6/11/2002
New Test Identifies Most Dangerous Prostate Cancers

Could help determine whether men need gland surgically removed

6/10/2002
Beta Blockers Block Surgery Complication

Hypertension drugs can prevent irregular heartbeats

6/4/2002
Stuck On You?

Adhesive power of mussels may help develop surgical adhesives

6/3/2002
And Now... Biorubber, a Possible Transplant Material

MIT develops a polymer for tissues that's elastic

5/22/2002
Why Diets Flop

Hormone may help explain success of stomach surgery

5/20/2002
Lung Transplant Wait Causes Anxious Time

Depression may be almost as damaging as the condition itself

5/20/2002
Ovary Removal Prevents Breast Cancer in At-Risk Women

Those genetically prone to cancer can benefit, studies find

5/8/2002
Portable Anesthetic Cuts Postoperative Pain

Device numbs incision site, can reduce time in hospital

5/6/2002
Fasting Before Surgery Often Overdone

Study finds many doctors ignore loosened guidelines

5/1/2002
Some Sports Aren't Hip

If you've had knee or hip replacement

4/30/2002
A Change of Heart

Beta blockers may improve results of bypass surgery

4/15/2002
Vascular Surgery Safe for Diabetics

People with disease at no higher risk than non-diabetics

4/10/2002
Experience Counts on the Operating Table

Studies find better outcomes at large-volume hospitals

4/4/2002
Bypass Surgery on Beating Heart Found Safe

British study says patients have fewer complications

4/4/2002
Drug Implant Halts Stroke Complication

Medicinal pellets prevent postoperative spasm

4/4/2002
Blood Wasted When Saved for Neurosurgery

Better techniques require less, but hospitals still stock up

3/29/2002
Area Around Breast Tumor Can Predict Recurrence

Cancer's return less likely if surrounding tissue is clean

3/26/2002
Love Can Conquer Impotence: One Couple's Story

Prostate surgery led to a path of new discoveries for intimacy

3/22/2002
Docs Don't See Eye-to-Eye on LASIK for Kids

Some cautiously recommend it for younger patients; others say it's not right for those under 18