Misc. Surgery News

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2/15/2016
New Type of Weight-Loss Surgery May Be Less Risky, Cheaper

But, at least one expert isn't sure about long-term success of procedure

2/11/2016
More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test

New study finds nearly all women under 40 at diagnosis are opting for BRCA evaluation

2/10/2016
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

But those under 35, and especially women, may not reap as much benefit

2/8/2016
Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?

Research shows this practice doesn't increase risk for new cancers or recurrence

2/5/2016
Many Donor Livers for Sickest Patients Rejected, Study Finds

Just over one-third of the organs are accepted for those most in need

2/3/2016
Surgical Safety Checklists May Shorten Hospital Stays, Save Lives

Overall health costs fall as a result, researchers say

2/2/2016
Patient Care Doesn't Suffer When Surgical Residents Work More: Study

Even shifts that exceeded 28 hours didn't worsen outcomes

2/1/2016
Could C-Section Baby Benefit From Mom's Vaginal Fluids?

Small study suggests it's possible to partially restore good bacteria to cesarean infants

1/29/2016
'Til Weight Loss Do Us Part?

Spouses should be consulted before obesity surgery, researchers suggest

1/27/2016
Small Number of Doctors Trigger Big Share of Malpractice Payouts

Study ties physicians' future claims risk to past claims experience, specialty, sex and age

1/26/2016
Blood Donors Needed After East Coast Storm: Red Cross

Many drives were canceled for bad weather, but donations are desperately sought

1/26/2016
Weight May Influence Outcomes After Lung Cancer Surgery

Study found the very thin or very obese had the highest odds for complications

1/26/2016
After Heart Surgery, House Calls by Physician Assistants Help

Patients who had two visits were less likely to need hospital readmission, study says

1/21/2016
Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests

Patients and physicians should consider overall health before elective procedures, researchers say

1/21/2016
Study Pinpoints Best Timing for Rectal Cancer Surgery

Patients who had procedure 8 weeks after chemo and radiation therapy had best survival rates

1/20/2016
Identifying Colon Cancer Patients Who May Need More Than Surgery

Small group with stage 2 tumors might benefit from new screening test, study says

1/20/2016
Anesthesia After 40 Not Linked to Mental Decline Later, Study Finds

For adults, mild thinking and memory problems that may develop over time are unrelated, researchers say

1/18/2016
FDA Approves Redesign of Endoscope Tied to Infections

Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope had been linked to serious infections, but redesign should lower the risk

1/18/2016
Could Implanted Sensor Revolutionize Brain Monitoring?

New device is designed to measure pressure, then dissolve, but human trials are ways off

1/13/2016
Low-Cost Mosquito Mesh Good Alternative for Hernia Repair in Poor Countries: Study

Researchers say this affordable innovation might improve access to the surgery

1/13/2016
Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients

They wear out faster but don't carry the clotting risks that metal valves do, research shows

1/12/2016
Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows

Review of cholesterol-lowering drugs' use shows they cut risk of death or complications

1/12/2016
Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

But mood conditions don't seem to hinder post-op weight loss, study says

1/7/2016
Organ Recipients at Raised Risk of Cancer Death, Study Finds

Researchers say immune system-suppressing drugs, poor health may leave these patients vulnerable

1/7/2016
New Imaging Technique 'Lights Up' Cancer Cells in Early Trial

Technology may help surgeons identify and remove more malignant cells

1/6/2016
Some Women Face Geographic Barriers to Breast Reconstruction

Those treated at academic hospitals travel nearly 50 miles on average, research shows

1/6/2016
Side Effects Seen With One Method of Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

Stomach pain, fatigue were most common symptoms after Roux-en-Y procedure

1/4/2016
FDA Tightens Rules for Using Mesh Implants in Women's Surgery

Agency aims to improve treatment of pelvic organ prolapse

12/29/2015
Safe to Use Blood Thinner Before Major Cancer Surgery, Study Finds

Results led Sloan Kettering to change pre-op practices

12/28/2015
When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels

'Sunshine vitamin' deficiency tied to poorer outcomes for patients in northern regions in winter

12/28/2015
Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients

Finding blockages can be trickier when blood vessels have been rerouted, expert says

12/22/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowered Risk of Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes in Study

British researchers say procedure provides many long-term health benefits

12/18/2015
How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

To relieve anxiety, be honest, use simple language to explain what's going to happen, experts advise

12/16/2015
Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids' Appendicitis

For early, uncomplicated cases, study found the drugs often cleared up the condition without surgery

12/15/2015
Bridion Approved to Reverse Effects of Surgical Drugs

Medications used during surgery to paralyze vocal chords

12/15/2015
Surgery May Beat Radiation for Men With Early Stage Prostate Cancer

Analysis of 19 studies suggests surgery has an edge in survival, but experts say each case may be different

12/10/2015
Could a Scan Someday Replace Lymph Node Biopsy?

Noninvasive technique shows promise for detecting spread of skin cancer

12/10/2015
Lumpectomy Plus Radiation May Beat Mastectomy for Early Breast Cancer

Study suggests 21 percent greater odds of survival after 10 years

12/8/2015
Doctors Rally in Support of Fibroid Device Curbed by FDA

Agency overstated odds of power morcellator spreading cancer, review group says

12/8/2015
Meet Vincent, the Cat With the Titanium Legs

High-tech prosthetics are giving disabled shelter kitty new mobility, veterinary surgeons say

12/4/2015
Transgender Transition Costs Make Economic Sense: Study

Surgical and hormone expenses less than those that treat complications of not transitioning

12/4/2015
Obesity Linked to More Severe Bone, Joint Injuries

Study also found obese patients more likely to need surgery, have longer hospital stays

12/2/2015
Survival Improves for Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer

Study finds better prognosis in women whose tumors have spread beyond the breast, nearby lymph nodes

12/1/2015
Planned Cesareans Tied to Slight Increase in Asthma Risk for Kids

But second report finds countries with low C-section rates had higher death rates for infants, mothers

11/25/2015
Post-Op Bacterial Infection Raises Odds for Complications, Death

Clostridium difficile can be devastating to patients recovering from surgery, experts say

11/16/2015
Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever

26-hour procedure included more than 100 physicians, nurses, technical and support staff at NYC hospital

11/13/2015
Too Much Traffic in OR May Put Patients at Risk, Study Finds

Doorways are designed to keep air sterile, but repeated openings may let germs in during surgery

11/13/2015
Lung Cancer Surgery Rates Differ Widely Between States

Quality of insurance across U.S. may influence treatment, researcher says

11/13/2015
Arm Artery Access Safer for Angioplasty, Review Finds

When compared to using the groin artery, there were fewer bleeding events, death rates

11/11/2015
Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study

Surgical site infections were the most common reason why