Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spends her days re-learning how to speak, walk and care for herself, her therapists are carefully tracking every moment and often posing one critical question: When can she go home? Experts say they expect her medical team to make that call in the coming weeks because Giffords is at the point in her therapy where doctors typically make such decisions about transitioning brain injury patients into outpatient care.
Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. undergo implantation of a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for heart rhythm abnormalities. This number constitutes a 20-fold increase over the last 15 years. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation, but many patients may not understand their options.
The gender gap among United States Medical Graduates in the traditionally male-dominated specialty of general surgery is shrinking, according to study results published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . These findings align with the overall trend of increasingly equal gender enrollment of medical students.
A new calculator can predict the risk of post-operative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and allow patients to better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.
Teenagers who undergo spine fusion for scoliosis using the newest surgical techniques can expect to be doing well 10 years after surgery, according to a Hospital for Special Surgery study published online for the journal Spine . Researchers had thought that the surgery would cause damage to the spine just below the fused discs, but the study showed that this was not the case.
A new risk calculator can predict the risk of postoperative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and will help patients better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.
(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Raleigh, NC hospital has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled Medicare by ordering higher-cost services for patients who only needed outpatient treatment. The U.S. Justice Department said that between 2004 and 2007 Rex Healthcare billed Medicare for inpatient admissions to increase what it could charge for a spinal surgery procedure.
Lindsey Tanner, AP More kids are getting CT scans in emergency rooms, a study found, raising concerns about exposure to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the road. The number of ER visits nationwide in which children were given CT scans surged from about 330,000 in 1995 to 1.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Every year, thousands of people make a deal with their doctor: I'll pay you a fixed annual fee, whether or not I need your services, and in return you'll see me the day I call, remember who I am and what ails me, and give me your undivided attention. This arrangement potentially poses a big threat to Medicare and to the new world of medical care envisioned under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Cardiologists are reporting a major advance: A long-awaited study suggests that many people with a bad aortic valve can avoid open-heart surgery and have a new one placed through a tube in an artery instead. However, there is a downside — a higher risk of stroke — and uncertainty about how long these valves will last.
Marilynn Marchione, AP New research casts doubt on the value of bypass surgery for many people with very weak hearts from clogged arteries and previous heart attacks. Doctors say the operation did not improve survival for those who already were taking medicines to control heart risks like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Cell-enriched fat transfer may sound more like a science fiction comic than a surgical procedure, but this relatively new technique is allowing plastic surgeons to take fatty (adipose) tissue from a patient's own body, purify it, and place it in a different location of their choice. Research over the past decade has shown that adipose tissue contains large amounts of stem and regenerative cells, the same as those found in human embryos.
Nordion, Inc. recently shared results from their first multi-site, Phase II clinical trial of TheraSphere® for treatment of metastatic liver cancer. The trial evaluated a variety of factors, including safety and tumor response, in patients with liver metastases. The overall tumor response, including stable disease, was 90 percent in metastatic neuroendocrine tumors and 69.
Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has completed its beta console and industrial design prototypes, and commenced an early user study. The initial testing will include a review of ergonomics and console functionality through various methods by key opinion leaders in robotic surgery. The company expects to complete the study by the end of April.
Maria Cheng, AP For German patients plagued with problems like chronic pain and mild depression, doctors may soon be trying something a little different: a placebo.After completing a major study on the use of placebos, the German Medical Association recently concluded the fake pills sometimes work better than real medicines and recommended that doctors give them out more often — even without explicitly telling their patients.