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The Many Factors Impacting Surgeon Stress Levels

November 19, 2010 4:34 am | Comments

A small study of Japanese surgeons suggests that duration of surgery and the amount of blood loss are associated with increased stress scores, and that night duty is associated with reduced stress arousal scores, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Extra Fat Surrounding Internal Organs Can Lead To Liver Surgery Complications

November 19, 2010 4:11 am | Comments

The amount of intra-abdominal fat appears to be associated with the risk of complications following major liver surgery, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, appearing overweight or having a high body mass index (BMI) were not associated with increased post-surgical risks.

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Looking At The Risk Factors, Outcomes Of Retained Objects In Children

November 17, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

Few children leave surgery with a foreign body left inside them, but such events appear most likely to occur during gynecologic operations, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery . This surgical error was associated with longer hospital stays and increased costs, but not with an increased risk of death.

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Robotic Surgery Safe For Complicated Pancreatic Procedures

November 17, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

A study suggests that robotic-assisted surgery involving complex pancreatic procedures can be performed safely in a high-volume facility, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Complex pancreatic surgery remains the final frontier for use of minimally invasive procedures, the authors write as background information in the article.

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Computer Imaging Before Rhinoplasty Found Accurate And Useful

November 17, 2010 5:36 am | Comments

Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Safer Surgical Alternative For Heart Defect

November 17, 2010 5:24 am | Comments

A less invasive procedure for treating a congenital heart defect in children is a safe alternative to traditional surgery with no five-year difference in risk of death, and is associated with a 62 percent reduced risk for neurological events (such as strokes or seizures), states a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

Not Waiting For Surgeons Aids Canadian Spine Patients

November 17, 2010 5:06 am | Comments

Ninety-six percent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Additionally, 74 percent were happy to see her rather than wait up to a year to see a surgeon, with less than a quarter of those who preferred to see a surgeon saying that the extra wait was acceptable.

Robotic Platform Aids Spinal Implant Procedure Accuracy

November 16, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics, a developer of surgical robots and complementing products, announced today that Spine , a leading journal in its field, has published the results from a multi-center, retrospective study that found the company's SpineAssist® to be clinically accurate in 98 percent of implant placements in spinal surgery.

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Treatment That Includes Surgery Results In Better Blood Flow

November 16, 2010 5:41 am | Comments

Treatment that included early surgical procedures to open blocked arteries resulted in better blood flow to the heart than aggressive medical treatment alone in patients with both diabetes and heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .

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Boxer's Heart Leads To Surgery, Questions

November 16, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Professional boxer Antonio Margarito is still in the hospital as doctors wait for the swelling on his face to subside enough in order to surgically repair his broken eye socket - a souvenir from his fight Saturday night with the sport's best, Manny Pacquaio. Although the outcome was undisputable from the early going, neither Margarito, his corner or the referee would stop the fight, even as both of his eyes were swollen to the point of near closure due to Pacquaio's constant barrage.

Robotic Surgery Not Always Worth It

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery results in similar clinical outcomes, compared with robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, but at a significantly lower cost, concludes a new retrospective analysis of a large, national data-base. While the promotion of robot-assisted surgery has increased over the years, the study, a retrospective review of 36,188 patient records from 358 hospitals, found the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure costs $2,667 more, on average for inpatient procedures and $1,971 more for outpatient procedures, than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with no significant improvement in clinical outcomes.

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Cardinal Health Steps Up Efforts To Green More ORs

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

Cardinal Health today announced that it has joined the group of founding corporate sponsors supporting the Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room (GOR) Initiative, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of operating suites in hospitals across the country. "With its GOR Initiative, Practice Greenhealth is bringing together the forward-thinking stakeholders in the health care supply chain to provide guidance that can help hospitals utilize operating room resources more effectively and reduce the volume of waste generated there," said Marc Mullen, senior vice president and general manager of Presource® at Cardinal Health.

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Total Thyroidectomy Underused For Treating Cancer In Children

November 16, 2010 4:41 am | Comments

Thyroid cancer is the third most common malignancy in children, and the incidence is rising approximately one percent per year.  Now, a new analysis published in the October issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology indicates that although the proportion of young patients undergoing total thyroidectomy (TT) increased by 34 percent between 1985 and 2007, a variety of hospital and patient factors—including disparities in access to surgeons and state-of-the-art care—affect whether a child actually receives this procedure or another less extensive operation.

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World First For Robotic Heart Procedure

November 15, 2010 6:42 am | Comments

The world's first remote heart procedure, using a robotic arm alongside 3-D mapping, is due to take place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. It comes six months after Dr Andre Ng carried out the first ever remote catheter ablation procedure using the Amigo Robotic Catheter System. Dr Ng, is senior lecturer at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Glenfield Hospital.

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NFL: There's No Perfect Helmet

November 15, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP As Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson prepared to return last weekend from his second concussion in less than a year, he was given a special, new helmet. While he hoped to be better protected, the helmet's maker certainly wouldn't — and couldn't — guarantee Jackson will be completely safe from brain injuries.

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