Misc. Surgery News

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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

11/10/2015
Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better

Study found self-monitoring was linked to a lower risk of death after 5 years

11/10/2015
High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit From Surgery

Study showed procedure can be an option for people with early stage disease

11/6/2015
Doctors Often Flub Achilles Tendon Diagnosis, Review Finds

1 in 4 ruptures missed during initial exam, but most patients still do OK, researchers say

11/6/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens

3 years later, most had rid themselves of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, study found

11/5/2015
Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids

Study suggests that widening the geographic pool could increase available organs

11/5/2015
Complications From Tummy Tucks Exceed Other Cosmetic Surgeries

Combining the surgery with another cosmetic procedure boosts the risk by 50 percent, study finds

11/4/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Health Care Costs

Study found people, especially diabetes patients, spent far less on doctors, drugs after procedure

11/4/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study

Patients tend to get around better as the pounds drop away, but not everyone will benefit, researchers say

11/4/2015
Better Sex Life May Be a Weight-Loss Surgery Bonus

Effects were long-lasting, and both men and women benefited, researchers say

11/3/2015
Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients

People who had removal procedure were more likely to have functional independence after 90 days

11/2/2015
Antibiotics May Not Help After 'Complicated' Appendectomy

Use of the drugs did not lower infection risk after these higher-risk operations, study found

10/29/2015
Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Study found sufferers who stuck with treatments like nasal sprays saw improvements in quality of life

10/29/2015
Face-lifts Seem to Do Little to Boost Self-Esteem: Study

Researchers note that sense of self-worth is more complicated than appearance alone

10/28/2015
Marriage May Aid Recovery From Heart Surgery, Study Finds

Greater risk of dying or disability seen among divorced, separated, widowed

10/28/2015
Surgeon's Calming Words May Ease Stress of Surgery

Study found reassuring voice might even beat anti-anxiety meds in lowering pre-op distress

10/27/2015
No Need to Stop Taking Statins Before Surgery, Study Finds

Not using cholesterol-lowering drugs may boost risk of death during recovery from non-cardiac operations

10/26/2015
Nitrous Oxide OK During Surgery for People With Heart Disease

Study eases concerns about the use of the anesthetic in non-cardiac procedures

10/26/2015
Medication Errors Seen in Half of All Operations in Study

And 80 percent of the mistakes were preventable, researchers report

10/23/2015
The Long and (Financial) Short of Fixing Leg Length Differences

More common treatment for children may mean lower earnings throughout adulthood, researchers report

10/22/2015
Common Shoulder Injury Heals Well Without Surgery: Study

Nonsurgical treatment brings fewer complications and shorter recovery time, researchers say

10/21/2015
Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

But risks make physical therapy a viable option, researchers say

10/20/2015
Botox Might Prevent Irregular Heartbeat After Bypass Surgery

Injectable toxin helped thwart atrial fibrillation, researchers report

10/20/2015
'Older' Blood Poses No Harm to Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Storage duration didn't influence complications, death rate

10/19/2015
Poor Patients May Be More Likely to Die After Heart Surgery: Study

Higher death rates apparent even with equivalent medical care

10/19/2015
Not All Large Breast Tumors Warrant Mastectomy, Study Says

Doctors shouldn't automatically rule out less invasive surgery plus radiation

10/16/2015
Antibiotic Resistance Could Threaten Surgery, Chemo Patients

Study warns of thousands more deaths if bacteria grow stronger

10/14/2015
Study Ties Essure Birth Control Implant to Greater Need for Reoperation

Device is already under scrutiny by FDA due to complaints of complications

10/13/2015
Marijuana Extract Ill-Suited for Preventing Nausea After Surgery

THC study halted early because of poor results, side effects

10/9/2015
For Early Breast Cancer, More U.S. Women Choose Less Invasive Treatment

Lumpectomy plus radiation results in nearly 90 percent survival over 10 years, study says

10/9/2015
Decrease Seen in Epidural-Related Complications for C-Sections

Rates for problems linked to certain types of anesthesia down 25 percent over decade, study finds

10/8/2015
Surgery May Raise Survival With Advanced Melanoma: Study

New analysis counters prior notion that tumor removal is useless in such cases, experts say

10/8/2015
Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Patients should ask how many of these operations the doctor does each year

10/7/2015
Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery

Expert says that the life changes that follow can make it hard for these patients to cope

10/6/2015
Less-Invasive Surgery May Not Be Best Option for Rectal Cancer

Two studies found standard surgery was slightly more successful

10/5/2015
Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Risky for Certain Surgery Patients

Study found those without heart problems faced higher chances of heart trouble after non-cardiac operations

10/2/2015
Obesity Won't Affect Joint Surgery Safety, Study Finds

Heavy patients needed fewer blood transfusions, did not have more complications

10/1/2015
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study

Worries that wider adoption of the screen might lead to unnecessary surgeries are unfounded, experts say

9/29/2015
Surgery Patients Like Online Follow-up, Study Finds

But sometimes an in-person check still needed, researchers add

9/28/2015
Most of World's People Lack Access to Safe Cancer Surgery: Report

But more than 80 percent of patients have tumors that require operations

9/25/2015
With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal Limits: Study

People with higher body mass can have more removed safely, researchers claim

9/24/2015
MRIs Before Breast Cancer Surgery on the Rise: Study

Use of imaging tool has jumped dramatically, despite unclear guidelines on its use in this setting

9/23/2015
Placing Large Catheter in Vein Under Collarbone Best, Study Finds

Compared to neck or groin placement, it reduced chances of blood infections, clots among critically ill