Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

2/5/2003
Anesthesia for Kids Damages Rat Brains

Drugs caused brain cell death, impaired memory and learning

1/31/2003
New Hope for Childhood Anemias

Partial spleen removal helps children with congenital disease

1/29/2003
Breath of Fresh Air for Hard-to-Heal Wounds

Topical oxygen therapy is an effective treatment

1/29/2003
Bypass Surgery Can Bypass Heart-Lung Pump

Study: Operation with no machine as effective and less expensive, too

1/28/2003
Curing Kidney Tumors Without Surgery

Technique sizzles away cancers using electrical currents

1/27/2003
When Epilepsy Drug Therapy Fails

New research tries to gauge who faces that fate

1/21/2003
Gene Therapy Helps Poor Circulation in Legs

Treatment may spare people with severe blockages from amputation

1/20/2003
New Heart Therapy May Spare Surgery

Replacement valve could help the oldest and sickest

1/14/2003
New Combo Fuels Fight Against Abdominal Cancer

Heated drugs, surgery may help people battle disease better

1/2/2003
Widely Used Surgical Device Doesn't Benefit Older Patients

Pulmonary artery catheter no help to high-risk patients

12/1/2002
Leaving Tumors in the Cold

New treatment freezes, destroys common form of benign breast tumors

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