No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn’t just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson’s disease. Rarely mentioned, though, is the open-heart surgery he’d undergone five years ago.
Regular readers will be well aware of the fact that bariatric (unfortunately, often referred to as “weight-loss surgery”) is currently the most effective treatment for severe obesity. However, exactly why and how surgery works remains unclear. Earlier concepts of surgery working either because it creates a mechanical restriction to food intake and/or reduces caloric load due to malabsorption are not borne out by newer studies.
A surgery performed for the first time here in Bermuda could allow a young man to breathe on his own for the first time since an accident paralyzed him several years ago, potentially allowing him to be cared for at home in the future, reported Bernews.com on Monday. The surgery required a team of surgeons, with the supervising doctor saying, “The operation could not have been done better anywhere else in the world.”
A woman from England has spent 15 years and £130,000 on surgery to make her look like a holiday caricature – even having her nipples tattooed as hearts. Krystina Butel, 30, began her extreme transformation after having a caricature of herself drawn while on holiday in Ibiza when she was 15.
All any surgeon wants in the operating room is for the surgery to go as smoothly and successfully as possible. Although laparoscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive surgery (MIS), there is still some risk, such as accidentally over-puncturing and hitting a vital organ with the trocar.
On opening night, when the University of South Florida football team races through the tunnel at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 30 before facing the Western Carolina Catamounts, emotions will run high for Bulls players. Particularly for USF junior offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak, who missed last season following surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
For patients who need surgery for facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, the most cost-effective procedure is the least often used, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan’s Transplant Center increased the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent. The results were published in the journal Transplantation and detail the impact of more than 10 years of using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, to improve the quality and viability of organs donated after circulatory determination of death.
Patients with advanced laryngeal cancer appear to have better survival if they are treated with surgery than nonsurgical chemoradiation, based on a study by Uchechukwu C. Megwalu, M.D., M.P.H., of the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and colleagues. Approximately 11,000 to 13,000 cases of laryngeal cancer are diagnosed each year and squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the vast majority of these tumors.
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For over a decade, it has been government policy in England to take money from the public, national health system (NHS) and give it to private (often for-profit) clinics to perform procedures and surgeries otherwise done at public hospitals. Doctors in England have routinely spoken out against the policy. They’ve warned about poorer quality care and safety risks for patients.
Tammy Davis doesn't need luck to finish a barrel racing clover-shaped course. She's been a competitive racer for two years and speeding around the track with her horse Rocky. Davis first got on a horse 47 years ago and has been riding high around her native Bakersfield ever since. Yet a freak accident earlier this year almost ended her riding career.
Within the field of plastic surgery, there are a lot of negative connotations that people associate with it. However, that’s a result of the non-licensed doctors and those seeking plastic surgery that go overboard and their psychological issues are not properly addressed. When someone chooses to get plastic surgery, it’s a big decision to make because you’re changing what you see in the mirror everyday, which can be overwhelming.
Less than 42 percent of women underwent breast reconstruction following a mastectomy for cancer, and the factors associated with foregoing reconstruction included being black, having a lower education level and being older. The authors used Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registries from Los Angeles and Detroit to identify women (ages 20 to 79 years) with specific types of breast cancer.
“GlobalData believes that Apple’s strategy to unite medical applications, electronic health records and peripheral devices through a platform, reported to be the HealthKit, will be a major milestone in the wave of technology-healthcare alliances," said Linda Tian, GlobalData's Analyst covering medical devices.