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Surgeons Separate California Conjoined Twins

November 2, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP Twin 2-year-old girls who were joined at the chest and abdomen were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at Stanford University's children's hospital. The operation that gave Philippines-born sisters Angelina and Angelica Sabuco their independence took more than nine hours and a team of more than 40 people.

Despite Economy, Aesthetic Procedures Still Popular

November 1, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ Physicians say consumers are more willing to invest in longer lasting aesthetic treatments, possibly due to the current economic climate. A recent online survey of 160 U.S. dermatology, plastic surgery and aesthetic practices revealed consumers see the value of a longer term solution and in turn will spend more money upfront than they did three years ago.

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Smaller Hospitals Catching Up To Urban Counterparts In Advanced Surgical Procedures

November 1, 2011 7:24 am | Comments

A recent study of an advanced procedure for repairing a bulging aorta is challenging the myth that small rural and community hospitals do not adapt advanced operations or perform them as well as academic medical centers in larger cities. Researchers from three New York institutions presented their findings to challenge this illusion at the 2011 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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Children's Hospital Boston Names Cohen As New Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

November 1, 2011 7:14 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - Alan R. Cohen, MD, has been named Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Children's Hospital Boston's Department of Neurosurgery. Children's Department of Neurosurgery is the largest and most specialized team of pediatric neurosurgeons in the world and was recently ranked first among children's hospitals by U.

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Girls Joined At The Chest To Be Separated

November 1, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP In many ways, Angelina and Angelica Sabuco are like many other two-year-olds. The twin sisters love dancing and drawing. Their faces light up when they see a Dora the Explorer game. For their recent birthday, they enjoyed frosted cakes adorned with Disney princesses. But unlike most siblings, they can't get away from each other — they were born attached at the chest and abdomen.

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Casino Winner Says No To Plastic Surgery

November 1, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

(AP) — A woman who won $25,000 worth of plastic surgery from an Atlantic City casino has decided she won't go under the knife. The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort gave the winner of its Nip and Tuck Sweepstakes the option to take the prize in cash, and that's exactly what Saturday night's winner did.

Drugs For HAIs Can Increase Post-Op Complications

October 31, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

The introduction of new antibiotic regimes to tackle hospital-acquired infections, such as C. difficile , must take into account the possibility of increased infections following specific surgical procedures. That is the key finding of a study published in the November issue of the urology journal BJUI .

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Surgeons First To Perform Procedures Prior To Transplant

October 31, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

Surgeons at University of Kentucky HealthCare recently became the first ever to perform two specific procedures together as a bridge to lung transplantation. Wanda Craig, of Lexington, is the first patient in history to receive these procedures, and at the age of 68, she is also the oldest living human to be bridged to transplant using an artificial lung device, also known as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

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Girl Gets $10M After ER Delay Leads To Amputations

October 31, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — The family of a California toddler whose feet, left hand and part of her right hand were amputated because of a lengthy emergency room delay has agreed to a $10 million malpractice settlement. Malyia Jeffers was 2-years-old when her parents took her to Sacramento's Methodist Hospital last November with a fever, skin discoloration and weakness.

Post-Op Breast Surgery Complications More Common In Obese Women

October 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Obese women are at substantially higher risk of complications following breast surgery, according to a study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Obesity is associated with a nearly 12-fold increased odds of a post-operative complication after elective breast procedures," concludes the report by Catherine Lee Chen, MD and colleagues of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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Post-Op Breast Surgery Complications More Common In Obese Women

October 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Obese women are at substantially higher risk of complications following breast surgery, according to a study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Obesity is associated with a nearly 12-fold increased odds of a post-operative complication after elective breast procedures," concludes the report by Catherine Lee Chen, MD and colleagues of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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More Soldiers Survive Serious Vascular Injuries

October 28, 2011 7:16 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A panel presentation at the American College of Surgeons' annual Clinical Congress detailed how the contemporary practice of vascular surgery has evolved during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, resulting in superior outcomes for complex, combat-related vascular injuries, including increased rates of amputation-free survival following extremity wounds.

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Microline Surgical Announces Merger With Starion Instruments

October 28, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Beverly, Mass. – Microline Surgical, a leading manufacturer of reposable instruments for minimally invasive surgery, today announced that it has completed the merger of Starion Instruments™ Corp, a developer of surgical technology for sealing and dividing soft tissue. The merger, effective October 3, 2011, enables Microline to fully leverage Starion’s manufacturing, research and development, customer service and financial operations and sets the stage for future expansion.

NYC Man Pleads Guilty To Kidney Trafficking

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by David Porter, Samantha Henry | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. — A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to what experts said was the first ever proven case of black-market organ trafficking in the United States. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in federal court in Trenton that he had brokered three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

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Hip Surgery Option Loses Key Backer

October 28, 2011 6:50 am | by Barry Meier | Comments

In another controversy involving all-metal hips, an influential group has found that there is insufficient evidence to show that an alternative technique known as hip resurfacing is as safe and effective as a traditional replacement. The group, the California Technology Assessment Forum, reversed a position it took just last year, citing recent findings by orthopedic registries overseas that some resurfacing devices are failing prematurely and health concerns about metallic debris released as the devices wear.

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