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One Size Does Not Always Fit All For Knee Replacement Surgeries

October 21, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Innovative prosthetic design may not offer the same benefits for all knee replacement recipients, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a perspective article in the October 20 issue of New England Journal of Medicine . Devices like pacemakers, artificial joints, and defibrillators have extended lives and improved the quality of life for countless people.

Two Get Prison Time After Vegas Surgery Death

October 21, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP A Colombian husband and wife were each sentenced to up to eight years in a Nevada prison plus a year in county jail for leaving a Las Vegas mother of three to die after botching her buttocks enhancement procedure in the back room of a Las Vegas tile store. Ruben Matallana-Galvas, 56, and Carmen Torres-Sanchez, 47, apologized to the dead woman's family and asked the judge for leniency.

Jobs Questioned Decision To Avoid Surgery, Book Says

October 21, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, Jordan Robertson, Rachel Metz, AP Anew biography portrays Steve Jobs as a skeptic all his life — giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple "corrupt" and delaying cancer surgery in favor of cleansings and herbal medicine.


Organizations Join In Support Of Registry For Endoscopic Spine Surgery

October 21, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

PRNewswire - The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) and joimax® have announced the signing of an agreement to support the SMISS Registry as founding sponsors for the creation and launch of the SMISS Spine Registry for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery. The Registry was designed to collect valuable data concerning decreased hospitalization, recovery times, and complication rates of endoscopic spine procedures, as well as increased quality of life measures, subject satisfaction and cost effectiveness.


Why Haven’t Surgeons Been On The Front Line Of Public Health?

October 21, 2011 5:00 am | by Andrew M. Ibrahim, MD | Comments

Public health has often focused on prevention tools that impact an entire community or population. Before Henry Bigelow MD described the use of  Ether in 1846  to mitigate pain during surgery or Joseph Lister MD discovered the value of sterile technique, surgical candidates were few. Even if one were convinced tolerate the pain of surgery, more than half would die from the risk of infection.


New Tool Helps Remove More Cancer Tissue During Brain Surgery

October 19, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Scientists are reporting development and successful initial testing of a new tool that tells whether brain tissue is normal or cancerous while an operation is underway, so that surgeons can remove more of the tumor without removing healthy tissue, improving patients' survival. The report appears in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry .

Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon Attributes Success To Reading

October 19, 2011 6:33 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Dr. Benjamin S. Carson is known as the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. He continues to pioneer life-saving medical procedures as chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. However, he comes from humble beginnings and was once known as the "dummy" of his class.


Shorter Heart Failure Hospital Stays Saving Billions

October 19, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Hospital stays for heart failure fell a remarkable 30 percent in Medicare patients over a decade, the first such decline in the United States and forceful evidence that the nation is making headway in reducing the billion-dollar burden of a common condition. However, the study found only a slight decline in deaths within a year of leaving the hospital, and progress lagged for black men.


Three Post-Op Factors Impacting Anesthesia Use

October 19, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Duke University Medical Center researchers have verified data that suggest three medical factors appear to correlate with mortality for a patient who has been under anesthesia for an operation. The risk of death was 2.5-times higher during the first year after surgery if a patient has low values in all three measures, called a "triple low," compared to patients whose values are all normal.


Patients With IBD At Increased Risk For Post-Op Blood Clots

October 18, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) undergoing surgery may be more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism following surgical procedures, according to a study published Online first by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "An increased risk of DVT and PE in patients with IBD has been evident for the past 75 years," the authors write as background information for the article.


Family Members Of Gastric-Bypass Patients Also Lose Weight

October 18, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Family members of patients who have undergone surgery for weight loss may also shed several pounds themselves, as well as eat healthier and exercise more, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. A year after the 35 patients in the study had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, their obese adult family members weighed, on average, eight pounds less.

Physicians And Hospitals Join Lawsuit Against ER Visit Limit

October 18, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - The Washington State Medical Association and the Washington State Hospital Association are joining the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians' lawsuit against a state plan to limit emergency room access for some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Study Finds That Less General Anesthesia Better For Obese Kids

October 18, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - A study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiology's 2011 meeting found that obese children required much smaller doses of the anesthetic propofol than non-obese children to bring about a safe level of unconsciousness. Since the commonly used drug propofol can cause low blood pressure, prolonged sleepiness and decreased breathing, the results of this study could help anesthesiologists safely treat a common, but often misunderstood, type of surgical patient.


Doctors Tried For Removing Organs From Live Patients

October 18, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Two doctors are in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on charges they removed organs for transplant from patients who were still alive. The patients later died in the hospital. Drs. Pedro Torrecillas and Rui Sacramento are each charged with four homicides in a trial that started Monday.

Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous For Orthopaedic Surgery Patients

October 17, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) .


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