David Stringer, AP European health authorities have issued widely different recommendations in dealing with potentially faulty French-made breast implants. Germany and the Czech Republic have followed France in recommending their removal, while Britain insisted there isn't enough evidence to suggest they should be taken out in all cases.
An increasing number of abdominal gunshot and stab wounds are being treated without the need for unnecessary operations, according to a study in the January Trauma Supplement published by the British Journal of Surgery . Researchers from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA, and the Aga Khan University in Pakistan reviewed nearly 26,000 patients with penetrating abdominal gunshot or stab injuries from the American College of Surgeons' National Trauma Data Bank.
The Food and Drug Administration is ordering medical device manufacturers to study safety complications with surgical mesh widely used to repair women's pelvic problems. The announcement follows an April FDA report which found that women who have the surgical mesh implanted to support their reproductive organs are at greater risk of pain, bleeding and infection than women who have traditional surgery with stitches.
PRNewswire - Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals in over 80 countries, has announced that it has performed its 250,000th cleft repair surgery in China. All 250,000 surgeries have been performed by local Chinese surgeons.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Unhappy with today's healthcare? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago. No stethoscopes, antibiotics, X-rays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. If you had a heart attack or a stroke, doctors put you in bed and hoped for the best. If you needed surgery, you got a few shots of whiskey and a bullet to bite.
Marilynn Marchione, AP The government wants to start regulating face and hand transplants just as it does now with kidneys, hearts and other organs. This would mean waiting lists, a nationwide system to match and distribute body parts, and donor testing to prevent deadly infections. It's a big step toward expanding access to these radical operations, especially for wounded troops returning home.
By Paula Span Dr. Alexander K. Smith is a brave man. It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place .
Bariatric surgery reduces the long-term risk of heart attack and stroke as well as the risk of dying from them, a prospective non-randomized study showed. During a median 14.7 years of follow-up, any bariatric procedure cut risk of a first fatal or non-fatal event by 33 percent compared with no bariatric surgery for obese individuals after adjusting for other factors, Lars Sjöström, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found.
Weight loss surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery . Whereas some previous studies have claimed that up to 80 percent of diabetes patients have been cured following gastric bypass surgery, researchers at Imperial College London found that only 41 percent of patients achieve remission using more stringent criteria.
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that most patients who survive for at least five years after oesophageal cancer surgery recover an average quality of life. However, quality of life deteriorates significantly for one in six patients to a level that remains much lower than the average population in the five years after surgery.
PRNewswire - The Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute have announced that a 19-year-old woman, Tan Hui-Linn, has been invited to South Korea as part of the government's Medical Korea project, and will receive surgery at the JK Plastic Surgery Center in southern Seoul.
Linda A. Johnson, AP The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.
Researchers from Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and the University of Duisburg-Essen Germany found that graphitic carbon is a key element in a lubricating layer that forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The lubricant is more similar to the lubrication of a combustion engine than that of a natural joint.
Jennifer Kay, AP The pilot killed in a helicopter crash while heading to pick up a heart for transplant was a decorated veteran of combat missions in Vietnam, the man's son recalled. A heart surgeon and a technician from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville also died in the crash in remote, dense woods in north Florida.
Jason Straziuso, AP A second foreigner working with Doctors Without Borders died of his wounds in an attack in Somalia that also killed the group's country director, though the aid organization declared Friday that despite the risks it would still provide medical care in one of the world's most dangerous countries.