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Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | Comments

Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics. Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5% or more of their body weight and experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and weight -- after undergoing total joint replacement, or arthroplasty.

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Should Patients Read The Doctor’s Notes?

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.

Study: Anesthesiologists Have Role In SSI Prevention

July 30, 2010 8:09 am | Comments

A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.

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Alternative to Lap Band Surgery Gaining Momentum

July 30, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher.

Medical Group Manager Gets Prison Time For Embezzling $1 Million

July 30, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

A former south Texas medical group office manager has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for not paying income taxes on about $1 million she embezzled. Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Gina Anzaldua Holley of Corpus Christi and ordered her to also pay $297,855 in back federal taxes.

Acupuncture Patient Abandoned With Needles In Her Back

July 30, 2010 5:40 am | Comments

Police in Bellingham, WA got a 911 call from an acupuncture patient after she says clinic workers apparently forgot about her and locked up the office. Police spokesman Mark Young says the 47-year-old woman told police she still had acupuncture needles in her back when she decided the clinic had closed.

Stopping Bedbug Infestations

July 30, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

Sara Kugler Frazier, AP One of every 15 New Yorkers battled bedbugs last year, officials said as they announced a plan to fight the spreading infestation, including a public-awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the effort. The bloodsucking pests, which are not known to spread disease but can cause great mental anguish with their persistent and fast-growing infestations, have rapidly multiplied throughout New York and many other U.

Pushy Dispatchers Save Lives

July 30, 2010 5:22 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that hands-only chest compression is enough to save a life.

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Using Fat For Breast Augmentation

July 28, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

Imagine breast augmentation without the use of a saline or silicone implant. Imagine using a woman's natural fat to give her a bigger bosom. That's the concept behind a new fat transfer procedure being offered by Dr. Bill Johnson at Dallas-based Innovations Medical. Organic Breast Augmentation combines Smart Liposuction with Autologous Fat Transfer to re-align a patient's sub-dermal fat.

Backing Up Robotic Surgery

July 28, 2010 7:12 am | Comments

Fifteen-year-old Tressa Scott hasn't been able to stand up straight for more than a year - until now. The teenager grew an inch-and-a-half and gained a dramatically straighter spine after undergoing a complex spinal surgery using a new type of surgical robot at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.

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Medical Tourism Yet to Reach Its Full Potential

July 28, 2010 6:46 am | Comments

www.ExHealth.com A survey published today by a prominent Medical Tourism consultant has revealed that 94 percent of medical tourism industry insiders believe their sector of the industry has yet to reach its full potential. The report, which can be viewed on-line at www.DrPrem.com, shows that confusion, a lack of information and fear about complications following surgery are the main reasons for patient reluctance to cross international borders for health services.

Size Doesn't Matter For Hospital Safety And Quality Of Care

July 28, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

Smaller, rural hospitals may be quicker and more efficient at implementing surgical safety initiatives than their larger, urban counterparts, and are capable of providing a standard of surgical care that is at par with major hospitals that provide a comprehensive array of care services, according to an 18-month series of studies led by researchers from the University of Louisville Department of Surgery.

Fewer Complications Despite Greater Bariatric Frequency

July 28, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

An examination of 15,000 bariatric surgery patients in Michigan finds that the frequency of serious complications is relatively low, and is inversely associated with hospital and surgeon procedural volume, according to a study published in JAMA . With rates of bariatric surgery increasing over the last decade, it has become the second most common abdominal operation in the United States.

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Studying The Impact Of Fresher Blood

July 27, 2010 7:46 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The Food and Drug Administration allows red blood cells to be stored for 42 days, and hospitals almost always use the oldest in their refrigerators first to ensure none expires. The age of the blood a patient receives depends on how much the hospital has of that type on a given day.

Restoring Pride To The Faces Of Our Wounded Warriors

July 27, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Michelle Roberts, AP Master Sgt. Todd Nelson lost his right eye and ear in a flash when a car bomb in Afghanistan exploded, sending fire up his arm and over his head. Although it's taken years of painstaking work, the military has given him a bright blue eye and ear lightly freckled and pinked from summer sun.

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