Misc. Surgery News

Date Posted
Article Title
4/8/2015
4/7/2015
Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Less risky treatment viable for older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

4/7/2015
Are Heart Surgery Patients Losing Too Much Blood to Tests?

Experts recommend limiting frequency of tests, using conservation measures

4/6/2015
Leg Artery Procedure May Be Overused in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

Many patients were immobile or dead a year later, but some benefited

4/3/2015
Breast Cancer Surgery Now Often Involves Fewer Lymph Nodes

2010 study led to a change in practice

4/2/2015
Music Soothes Cats During Surgery

Classical tunes seemed to relax felines the most, study says

4/1/2015
Study Supports Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer

Less-invasive procedure had survival rates similar to open surgery, with less pain and shorter hospital stays

3/30/2015
Young People At Risk of Second Injury After Knee Surgery

Study finds repeat problems common after early ACL repair

3/30/2015
Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study

Adding special procedure during operation loosened joint, reduced risk of re-tears

3/27/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

Emergency visits, hospitalizations for airway disease dropped by half after procedure, study finds

3/26/2015
In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee

People do just as well with in-home physical therapy, study finds

3/25/2015
Many May Be OK to Drive 2 Weeks After Getting New Hip: Study

Advances in surgery, rehabilitation and pain management have hastened return to normal

3/24/2015
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers

Only two-thirds return to major league play, and performance drops, study finds

3/24/2015
Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene

Disclosure that she had ovaries removed spotlights issues faced by women with BRCA mutations

3/24/2015
New Blood Pump System Approved

Maintains circulation during riskier cardiac surgery

3/24/2015
More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced

Over 10 years, rate of surgeries nearly doubled for those ages 45 to 64

3/19/2015
Live Liver Transplants Seem Safe, Effective for Sudden Liver Failure

And live donors do well after the procedure, study reports

3/19/2015
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits

3/16/2015
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds

They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit

3/16/2015
Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

Researchers also report that procedure appears to increase the risk for stroke

3/13/2015
Recovery From Bunion Surgery Faster Than in Past

Experts note full recovery generally takes six weeks or less

3/12/2015
Some Injured Kidneys May Be OK for Transplant, Study Finds

For reasons that are unclear, certain organs even performed better 6 months after transplant

3/10/2015
Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement

Transcatheter procedure was designed for patients too frail for open heart surgery

3/10/2015
Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study

British research found healing was just as efficient -- and safer -- when arm was immobilized in sling

3/5/2015
Gut Germs May Influence Success of Weight Loss Surgery

Study found having certain microbes may lead to fewer pounds shed

3/4/2015
Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout

Low sense of accomplishment, emotional exhaustion cited in survey

3/3/2015
Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia

Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure

3/2/2015
Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too

Researchers find procedure leads to reduced depression and anxiety

2/27/2015
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

92 percent said it was worthwhile, with fewer seizures and higher quality-of-life

2/25/2015
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common

2/25/2015
Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands

Devices work by sensors that get signals from patients' own muscles, scientists say

2/24/2015
Health Tip: Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Quit smoking, and lose extra weight

2/19/2015
Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Researchers call the findings 'reassuring,' but FDA warnings remain for older women

2/17/2015
Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study

More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return

2/13/2015
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain

Early trials show promise of scans to help surgeons in the OR, or to track the effect of treatments

2/12/2015
Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report Shows

Procedure becoming more common in younger adults, but hospital stays now a day shorter

2/5/2015
Less Commonly Used Obesity Surgery Tied to More Weight Loss

But study finds so-called 'duodenal switch' procedure also linked to more complications

2/4/2015
Internal Tissue Adhesive Approved

TissuGlu connects tissue flaps stemming from surgery to remove excess fat, skin from stomach

2/4/2015
Imaging Tests May Help Stem Amputations for Circulatory Disorder

Saving limbs saves lives and costs less than amputation for peripheral arterial disease, study says

2/3/2015
Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery

Knowing why readmissions happen is first step in reducing them, researcher says

2/3/2015
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study

Better use of data to implement change is needed, researchers suggest

1/30/2015
Breast Reconstruction Complications Similar for Older, Younger Women

But risk of blood clots higher with use of seniors' own tissue instead of implants

1/28/2015
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate

But shortage of donors keeps doctors from helping more patients, researchers say

1/27/2015
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

But study found overall rate was under 4 percent

1/26/2015
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

1/19/2015
Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds

More conservative treatments worked just as well to ease back and leg pain

1/14/2015
Fewer Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Getting Surgery, Report Finds

Chemotherapy is best treatment, especially for those whose cancer has spread, researcher says

1/14/2015
FDA Approves New Device to Treat Obesity

It sends electrical signals to nerves near the stomach to make a person feel full

1/14/2015
Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting

Study found a third of older patients died within two years of procedure

1/13/2015
Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds

Listening to favorite songs, even audiobooks, seemed to ease discomfort