One of the most severe complications of brain surgery is a life-threatening blood clot in the lungs, or a pulmonary embolism. A Loyola University Health System study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery suggests that screening methods typically used to access the risk of pulmonary embolisms may fall short.
An incisionless robotic surgical procedure is offering patients a new option to remove certain head and neck cancer tumors without visible scarring, while preserving speech and the ability to eat. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is among the first in the country to perform TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Even pregnant women get appendicitis, but worries about the fetus sometimes give patients and surgeons pause about whether to operate using popular, minimally invasive techniques. A new study by San Antonio surgeons looked at the results of both laparoscopic and open surgery on pregnant women over several years and found them equally safe and effective for removing both gallbladders and appendixes.
Approximately two weeks after his birth, Zavin’s parents noticed something was not quite right. An examination found that his heart had a defect that was preventing proper circulation. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where physicians discovered his heart's major arteries were reversed, so red blood wasn't reaching much of his body.
(AP) A 28-year-old Vancouver, Washington woman who had acid thrown in her face has undergone surgery at a Portland hospital. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center spokeswoman Amber Shoebridge said that Bethany Storro's surgery went well and she was resting. Dr. Nick Eshraghi says he tested the substance and determined it was an extremely strong acid.
A technique using near infrared light enables scientists to look deeper into the inner workings of cells, potentially opening up a new frontier in the fight against cancer and many other diseases, offers a study from University of Central Florida chemists, led by Professor Kevin Belfield. The technique uses near infrared light and fluorescent dye to take pictures of cells and tumors deep within tissue.
Dylan Lovan, AP The recipient of a rare double hand transplant says he feels fantastic and can wiggle fingers on both his new hands. Richard Edwards made his first appearance on Thursday, about a week after he underwent a nearly 18-hour transplant procedure at a hospital in Louisville. The 55-year-old chiropractor from Edmond, Oklahoma had his hands severely burned in a fire in 2006.
Source: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Where a woman goes for breast cancer treatment can vary widely – ranging from small private practices to large hospital settings. That choice can also impact the type of care a woman receives when it comes to reconstruction. “Breast reconstruction is a very complex treatment issue that requires a lot of discussion.
Repairing torn shoulder muscles in elderly patients is often discouraged because of fears of complications. But a new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center has shown that arthroscopic surgery can significantly improve pain and function. The study has just been published online in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery and will appear in the October issue.
For several years now and with a growing messianic fervor, physicians and health care experts have been responding to the need to deliver more efficient and better primary care with one response: patient-centered medical homes. Not long ago, I found myself doing the same with a friend who prides himself on being a well-informed patient.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer An Ohio coroner says a seven-month-old heart surgery patient died after alcohol, instead of saline, was injected during the procedure. Hamilton County Coroner O'dell Owens says Tressel Meinardi’s parents were told that there's “no question a mistake was made.
Cathy Bussewitz, AP Voters in a rural California county that is in such dire financial condition that it's seeking a state bailout, approved a tax to fund their hospital. The vote gives Modoc County, in the state's northeastern corner, a much-needed infusion of cash and likely means it will avoid bankruptcy.
Errors related to missed or delayed diagnosis are frequently a cause of patient injury, and therefore an underlying cause of patient safety related events. Autopsy analysis spanning several decades show error rates at four to 50 percent, according to an article released today by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.
(AP) Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug, Botox. The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of “misbranding”, in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses.
Women at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer because of inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who had prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA .