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Study Identifies Patients With Higher Risk After Bilateral Knee Replacement

July 15, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has identified patients who are at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality when undergoing knee replacement surgery in both legs at the same time. The study found that patients who have a history of significant medical problems, especially congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension, are at increased risk for major complications.


Transplant More Than Doubles Survival For Some Leukemia Patients

July 15, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators reported markedly improved survival of pediatric patients transplanted for high-risk leukemia regardless of donor; cite treatment advances and better donor selection. July 15, 2011 Bone marrow transplant survival more than doubled in recent years for young, high-risk leukemia patients treated at St.

Pelvic Mesh For Women Riskier Than Thought

July 15, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A product commonly used in surgery to treat pelvic collapse and other women's health problems causes far more complications than previously thought and is likely exposing patients to unnecessary risks, according to U.S. health officials.


Heavy Exercise Feasible For Bariatric Surgery Patients

July 13, 2011 7:45 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery patients can undertake a rigorous exercise program after the procedure, in order to continue to lose weight and avoid regaining weight, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center study. "Until now, we didn't know whether morbidly obese bariatric surgery patients could physically meet this goal," said Dr.

Male Smokers Less Likely To Need Joint Replacement Surgery

July 13, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

Surprising results from a new study revealed that men who smoke had less risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery than those who never smoked. Researchers also confirmed that men who were overweight, or who engaged in vigorous physical activity were more likely to need arthroplasty.

Artery-Opening Procedure Still Used In Spite Of Changes

July 13, 2011 7:29 am | Comments

Despite changes in standard treatment practice guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology several years ago, there has been no meaningful change in the practice of opening completely blocked coronary arteries with balloons and stents in the days after a heart attack, according to a new study published in the July 11, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine .


Surgeon Says Leg Transplant Patient Is Elated

July 13, 2011 7:17 am | Comments

Daniel Woolls, AP A young man who underwent the world's first double leg transplant might be able to walk with the aid of crutches in six or seven months if his rehabilitation goes well, the surgeon who oversaw the operation said Tuesday. Dr. Pedro Cavadas said the patient is a man in his 20s who lost his legs high above the knees in an accident, but gave no other details on him or the donor.

HHS Moves To Give Americans The Same Insurance As Congress

July 12, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and have the same insurance choices as members of Congress.


ACS: Healthcare Reforms Could Trigger Labort Shortfalls

July 12, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

One consequence of the expanded access to healthcare reforms will be a shortfall in the necessary numbers of physicians and other advanced medical professionals, states a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The United States will face serious shortages in the combined workforce of physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants over the next two decades, the study concludes, and without an adequate supply of advanced medical professionals, the U.

Texas Mom Delivers 16-Pound Newborn

July 12, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) — A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Janet Johnson remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.

Spain Claims World's First Double Leg Transplant

July 12, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

(AP) — Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first double leg transplant, giving new lower limbs to a patient who lost both legs at mid-thigh in an accident, officials said Monday. The Valencia regional government said the surgical team was led by Dr. Pedro Cavadas, who in 2009 carried out Spain's first face transplant — the first anywhere to include a new tongue and jaw.

New Minimally Invasive Ankle Fracture Treatment

July 11, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

IlluminOss Medical, Inc. has announced the first use of its system in the repair and stabilization of a fibula fracture in an 80 year-old female patient. Dr. Thomas Gausepohl, a leading trauma surgeon in Germany, implanted the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System. He stated, "With the IlluminOss system, I was able to stabilize the fibula using a small incision without disturbing the ankle joint or the skin surrounding the fracture.

Identifying Patients Who Should Not Undergo Hip Tendon Surgery

July 11, 2011 7:32 am | Comments

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a group of patients who may have increased difficulty for surgical treatment of a snapping psoas, a condition that usually develops because a teenager or young adult has a pelvis that grows faster than their psoas tendon. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.


Obese Patients Less Likely To Develop Respiratory Distress Syndromes

July 11, 2011 7:13 am | Comments

Researchers have discovered that obese adults undergoing surgery are less frequently developing respiratory insufficiency (RI) and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). And that when they do, they are less likely to have fatal outcomes. The researchers say they have several theories of how obesity protects patients from mortality associated with RI/ARDS, and pinpointing the protective mechanism could help them develop interventions to help non-obese patients avoid adverse outcomes.


Loss Of Motion After Knee Surgery May Increase Osteoarthritis

July 11, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The onset of osteoarthritis may be related to a loss of knee motion after reconstructive ACL surgery, as noted in new research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego this past weekend. Patients who showed motion limitations after surgery were more likely to develop arthritic changes in the knee.


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