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New Treatment Option For C. diff: Fecal Transplantation

March 14, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Fecal transplantation through colonoscopy is an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, according to a new study in Gastroenterology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Additionally, the mortality rate in this study does not appear to be greater than in some previously reported series, suggesting that fecal transplantation itself seems to be a rather safe procedure.

Beating Heart Surgery May Increase Patient Risk

March 14, 2012 6:45 am | Comments

Coronary artery bypass surgery performed while the heart is still beating may carry an increased likelihood of death, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. The researchers suggest beating heart surgery should not be recommended except in specific cases where stopping the heart might be risky.

Higher Alcohol Screening Scores Lead To More Post-Op Care

March 14, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

According to the results of a new study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , patients who score highest on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test–Consumption (AUDIT-C) experience longer post-operative hospital stays and more days in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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New Charges Filed In Toxic Tush Case

March 14, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

(AP) — A Florida woman accused by authorities of illegally injecting toxic substances such as flat-tire sealant and glue into women's buttocks as an enhancement procedure is facing new charges. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies say 32-year-old Oneal Ron Morris faces unlicensed practice of medicine and related charges after three new victims were identified.

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New Heart Protocol Helps Avoid Transplant

March 13, 2012 7:31 am | Comments

Some patients with advanced heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy, the deterioration of function of the heart muscle, are getting a new lease on life thanks to an innovative treatment program at Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, and the University of Louisville.  Led by Emma Birks, M.

Teen Receives Double Organ Transplant

March 13, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Texas Children's Hospital announced today that doctors recently performed a rare double organ transplant to save the life of Tyler Nelson, a 17-year-old with cystic fibrosis. The Houston native endured a 16-month wait for lungs and a liver. Tyler received those life-saving organs at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on February 29.

Death With Dignity Champion Dies

March 13, 2012 7:16 am | Comments

(AP) — A physician who campaigned for Oregon's Death With Dignity Act has died using lethal chemicals obtained under the law he championed. He was 83. A spokesman for the organization Compassion and Choices says Peter Goodwin died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family. Goodwin told the Oregonian last month that he's battled a rare brain disorder for six years.

British Docs Urge Against Metal Hip Joints

March 13, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP British experts at the world's biggest artificial joint registry said doctors should stop using metal-on-metal hip replacements, citing an analysis showing they have to be fixed or replaced more often than other implants. All metal hip joints were already under scrutiny over questions about how long they last, and one major manufacturer recalled its product over a year ago.

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Optimizing Perioperative Workflow

March 13, 2012 6:28 am | Comments

A five year study of the steps one New York state medical center took to optimize surgical workflow. by Randy Tomaszewski When running their operating rooms, hospital perioperative departments face dynamic workflow challenges every day as they schedule and staff surgical cases, handle and track equipment, and manage patients and surgical procedures.

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Why Would Anyone Believe That Cheap Surgery Is A Good Choice?

March 13, 2012 6:14 am | by Karen S. Sibert, MD | Comments

If you live in southern California, you can’t miss the billboards advertising laparoscopic gastric banding at “1-800-GET-THIN” outpatient surgery centers. They feature happy people who’ve lost 100 pounds or more, and urge you to “let your new life begin” by having a “lap band” inserted.

"How'd He Fit", Asks Woman After Birth Of 14-lb. Son

March 12, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

(AP) — A Southern California woman says doctors predicted she would give birth to a big baby boy, but nobody was prepared for just how big. Jayden Sigler weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces, when the healthy boy was delivered Thursday by cesarean section, the North County Times reported Saturday.

Avoiding Tumors Can Help Prevent Spinal Damage During Neck Dissection

March 12, 2012 6:47 am | Comments

Metastasis of tumors to level IIb lymph nodes is rare in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). This area can be ignored during selective neck dissection (SND) to avoid damaging the spinal accessory nerve (SAN), making this surgery more conservative and minimizing SAN morbidity, according to the March 2012 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery .

Global Market For Organs Exploiting The Poor

March 12, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

A Michigan State University anthropologist who spent more than a year infiltrating the black market for human kidneys has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking. Monir Moniruzzaman interviewed 33 kidney sellers in his native Bangladesh and found they typically didn’t get the money they were promised and were plagued with shame, depression and serious health problems that prevent them from working.

ACS, ASMBS Announce Accreditation Program For Bariatric Centers

March 12, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced plans today to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers.

Surgery For Epilepsy Should Not Be A Last Resort

March 9, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

While the thought of any type of surgery can be disconcerting, the thought of brain surgery can be downright frightening. But for people with a particular form of epilepsy, surgical intervention can be life-restoring. Yet among people who suffer from what's known as medically intractable epilepsy, in which seizures are resistant to drugs, only a small fraction will seek surgery - seeing it only as a last resort.

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