Bariatric surgery did not reduce healthcare costs over the long term when surgery patients were compared with matched obese patients who did not have surgery, a review of almost 30,000 cases showed.
A routine step in preparing for cleft palate surgery in a child led to an unusual—but not unprecedented—case of lung inflammation (pneumonitis), according to a report.
Bariatric surgery is a well-documented treatment for obesity that leads to considerable weight loss and health improvement, but is the surgery successful in the long run in reducing costs associated with medical care for obesity?
To help promote awareness of this issue, Medi-Dose/EPS is working with the Emily Jerry Foundation to incorporate their Blue Angel warning logo into its MILT 3.0 software.
Mazor Robotics Renaissance Reaches Milestone With Spine Surgeons Placing Over 1K Implants PercutaneouslyFebruary 20, 2013 11:09 am | Comments
While only 10 to 15 percent of all spine surgeries are performed using minimally-invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, 25 percent of all Renaissance cases (1,019 and rising) have been executed percutaneously.
Social media is leading consumers to have a more self-critical eye, according to a new survey. An annual poll of 752 of the organization's board-certified facial plastic surgeons found that there was a 31% increase in requests for surgery as a result of social media photo sharing.
Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.
For patients with spinal stenosis, epidural steroid injections (ESI) may actually lead to worse outcomes—whether or not the patient later undergoes surgery, according to a study.
The poor growth seen in children born with complex heart defects may result from factors beyond deficient nutrition. A new study by pediatric researchers suggests that abnormalities in overall growth regulation play a role. In those who didn't require surgery, growth differences were not as pronounced.
Some physicians, however, remain cautious because MI spine techniques require extensive training; a lack of familiarity can negatively affect outcomes as well as increase procedure time. In addition, some physicians also highlight a shortage of clinical data supporting both the short- and long-term efficacy of these procedures, which has led to a lack of reimbursement for some products. A number of MI spinal fusion clinical trials currently ongoing may change the environment for MI spine technology.
Weight-loss surgery is currently only offered to patients who exceed a certain BMI. However, surgical intervention could improve the health of many more people. This is shown by the Swedish Obese Subjects study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, involving 104 patients who were operated on despite their BMI being "too low". As a result, the risk of developing diabetes was reduced by 67 percent.
Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, performed the congenital heart team's 10,000th surgery since the renowned pediatric surgeon's arrival to Texas Children's in 1995.
Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction using a transplanted flap of their own tissue have a low rate of early postoperative complications, however, according to a new study, their risk varies by the type of flap procedure they undergo.
There are strong suggestions that procedures such as a gastric sleeve or lap band surgery may be likely to reverse conditions that are otherwise rare in young people but are often suffered by morbidly obese teens and children.
Researchers exploring the complex stream of cellular signals produced by the body in response to a traumatic injury believe the initial response – formation of a blood clot – may control subsequent healing. Using that information, they're developing new biomaterials, including artificial blood platelets laced with regulatory chemicals that could be included in an injector device the size of an iPhone.