The dangers of laser eye surgery are not being properly explained to people desperate to improve their vision. One in three consultations by clinics offering the treatment were of poor quality, according to a Which? investigation. The consumer watchdog found that the relatively low prices promised by the major chains in their marketing are not what they seem, while some outlets sting customers with unexpected fees.
When Roger Frisch noticed hand tremors back in 2009, it was no small deal - as a professional violinist, steady hands are absolutely imperative to his work. The solution? Deep brain stimulation, to be administered by brain surgeons at the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Lab.
Investigators from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have successfully transplanted hearts from genetically engineered piglets into baboons' abdomens and had the hearts survive for more than one year, twice as long as previously reported. "This has potential for paving the way for the use of animal organs for transplantation into humans," said Dr. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin.
High-intensity exercise can help stable heart transplant patients reach higher levels of exercise capacity, and gain better control of their blood pressure than moderate intensity exercise, investigators report in a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.
El Camino Hospital became one of the first hospitals in California to adopt a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered to be at high risk to undergo surgery. El Camino Hospital was one of 45 U.S. sites involved in the High Risk Study of the CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, which led to the FDA approval of the CoreValve System.
A report by ABC News shows the trend of engaged women getting hand surgery to look better for their engagement ring selfies. Two women in New York paid thousands to look better following an engagement. The full story will be featured on "20/20" tonight.
According to the news site Metro UK, shockingly, increasing numbers of Chinese graduates are getting cosmetic surgery to help them ace their job interviews. Times are tough for grads, but spare a thought for those in China where record numbers are graduating – 7.26 million this month, seven times more than 15 years ago – while unemployment rates among new graduates six months after they leave school is believed to be around 30 percent.
Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who underwent operations other than heart surgery between 2005 and 2011.
In the first case of its kind, a Chinese surgeon used a Google Glass device to broadcast orthopedic surgery live, with the procedure watched by foreign colleagues in Asia and Europe on mobile phones and tablets, reports said Thursday. The surgery was performed by an orthopedic surgeon at a Chinese hospital known for its skills in reattachment of severed limbs — who live-cast the operation with the Google Glass’s 500-megapixel camera.
Following a tissue graft transplant—such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg—it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.
For nearly 74 years, Raymond and Maizie Huggins have done everything together. And that wasn’t about to change just because they needed heart surgery. The Huggins, both in their 90s, suffered from coronary artery disease. Like everything else in their life, the couple had their surgeries together this week, reported KTLA 5 News in Cleveland.
Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers reported that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.
Melbourne researchers have revealed the critical importance of highly specialised immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs. The team, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome.
A Franklin County, Ohio jury has awarded $1.8 million to the family of a 30-year-old man who died after surgery in 2010. According to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the jurors found that Dr. Adam M. Zochowski of Columbus and his medical group, Central Ohio Surgical Associates Inc., were negligent in assessing the man, Carl Whitmer, and clearing him for surgery.
Robin Williams' 2009 open-heart surgery could have contributed to the late star's demise, possibly serving as a trigger to the comedian's downward spiral to severe depression. "Open-heart surgery has historically been known to affect a person's cognitive functioning following recovery," Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, told the New York Daily News.