(PRNewswire) For the first time, an international panel of experts has reached consensus on the best practices for performing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. The panel, made up of 25 leading bariatric surgeons, compiled the consensus statement to help the surgical community continue to improve patient outcomes, minimize complications and move toward adoption of standardized techniques.
Imagine if finding out the cost of a particular treatment or procedure at a doctors’ office was as easy as locating the prices of entrees at a restaurant. The menu might read: school physicals – $40; office visit for a cold – $80; diabetes screening – $200. But to the dismay of some consumer advocates, this push for health care pricing transparency never made it out of the kitchen.
Performing CT scans in the emergency department for patients experiencing dizziness may not be worth the expense, report Henry Ford Hospital researchers. According to their study, less than one percent of the CT scans performed in the emergency department revealed a more serious underlying cause for dizziness – intracranial bleeding or stroke – that required intervention.
One of the largest studies to investigate lumbar spine disc degeneration found that adults who are overweight or obese were significantly more likely to have disc degeneration than those with a normal body mass index. Assessments using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show elevated BMI is associated with an increased number of levels of degenerated disks and greater severity of disc degeneration, including narrowing of the disc space.
(AP) — A growing population has created a boom in Alaska hospital construction. Providence Health and Services is renovating and expanding a facility in Anchorage, upgrading the maternity ward, operating rooms and other sections. The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks is replacing its hospital with a new 150,000-square-foot building.
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) For disabling hand contractures caused by Dupuytren's disease, patients prefer a percutaneous needle fasciotomy procedure, despite the higher contracture recurrence rate when compared to conventional surgery. These findings are the results of a clinical trial report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Limiting certain essential nutrients for several days before surgery—either protein or amino acids—may reduce the risk of serious surgical complications, such as heart attack or stroke, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. The study appears in the January 25, 2012 issue of Science Translational Medicine .
(AP) An insurer says California insurance regulators are investigating Lap-Band surgery centers for possible fraud. Connecticut-based Aetna, Inc. says it is cooperating in the probe by the law enforcement branch of the state Department of Insurance. The insurer says the state is investigating alleged fraud against Aetna health plan members by the 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery centers.
Mike Stobbe, AP Imagine having the feeling that tiny bugs are crawling on your body, that you have oozing sores and mysterious fibers sprouting from your skin. Sound like a horror movie? Well, at one point several years ago, government doctors were getting up to 20 calls a day from people saying they had such symptoms.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP America may be a technology-driven nation, but the healthcare system's conversion from paper to computerized records needs lots of work to get the bugs out, according to experts who spent months studying the issue. Hospitals and doctors' offices increasingly are going digital, the Bipartisan Policy Center says in a report, but there's been little progress getting the computer systems to talk to one another in order to exchange data like financial companies.
AP) — French authorities have filed preliminary charges against the former head of a now-defunct company accused of supplying potentially faulty breast implants affecting thousands of women. A judge in the southeastern city of Marseille placed Jean-Claude Mas, the founder and former chief of Poly Implant Prothese, under investigation for "involuntary injury," defense lawyer Yves Haddad stated.
A visit to the emergency department during non-summer months was associated with a three-fold risk of acute respiratory or gastrointestinal infection in elderly residents of long-term care facilities, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). The study involved elderly residents of 22 long-term care facilities who visited emergency departments for a variety of conditions, excluding acute respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Ken Ritter, AP A lawyer said Tuesday he's trying to negotiate a plea deal for a New York woman facing felony charges in Las Vegas after being accused of performing illegal eyelift surgeries. Defense attorney James Gallo, representing Jing Qu, made his comments while awaiting a brief appearance before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson.
Hansen Medical, Inc. has announced that for the first time ever surgeons at St. Mary's Hospital, part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in London, UK, used the company's Magellan Robotic System to treat a patient with a complex abdominal aortic aneurysm. "This new technology means a broader group of patients might now be operated on," said Professor Nick Cheshire, consultant vascular surgeon and head of circulation and renal sciences at Imperial College Healthcare.
Mike Stobbe, AP Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments. The rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to what is being called the most comprehensive study of the trend.