A study finds patients who avoid tobacco for six weeks after fracture surgery have fewer postoperative complications June 2, 2010 Smokers who refrain from using tobacco during the six-week period following emergency surgery for an acute fracture heal more quickly and experience fewer complications than patients who continue to smoke during the healing process, according to a study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Diane White had been living without any kidneys for three months and had been on a transplant waiting list for more than four years when she received a call about a potential donor. Weak and tired from spending nine hours a week in dialysis, White had begun praying more than usual.
A woman whose husband died after undergoing a botched surgical procedure was expected to take her medical malpractice/wrongful death case to the Supreme Court. However, the lawsuit was by no means a simple one, based on reports provided by ABC7 News I-Team. Dean Witt, the plaintiff’s late husband, was a staff sergeant at Travis Air Force Base.
Dannette Lund wanted to have her second baby the natural way, but she had to flout all the best medical advice to do it. Because she had delivered her first child by Caesarean section, a hospital birth would almost certainly mean surgery again. Home birth? Her midwife refused, saying it was too risky.
Jennifer Peltz, AP A prominent organ-transplant hospital wasn't to blame for the death of a man who became riddled with cancer after getting a kidney from a donor who unknowingly had uterine cancer, jurors have found. The Queens jury found for NYU Langone Medical Center in the medical malpractice case surrounding Vincent Liew's 2002 death.
A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help to heal wounds following surgery, according to new results published by plastic surgeons from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and biomedical engineers at Cornell University, where it was developed. Procedures to remove cancerous breast tissue, for example, often leave a hollow space that fills with seroma fluid that must typically be drained by a temporary implanted drain.
In a review of three different surgical techniques commonly used for tonsillectomy, the microdebrider technique (where a rotary cutting tool is used to shave tissue) had the lowest overall complication rate when compared to the other two techniques. The results are shown in new research published in the June issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .
Men who refuse surgery for prostate cancer and instead opt for monitoring progression without undergoing treatment have a significantly worse long-term survival rate than those patients that choose radiotherapy, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study found that patients who refused any treatment for their prostate cancer had a 10-year overall survival rate of 51 percent, compared to 68 percent for those who chose radiation treatment.
Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers say. The procedure, transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, is generally reserved for those who have failed to respond to drug treatment or who cannot tolerate the medications.
Sound Surgical Technologies announces the launch of the new VASER Lipo System. The original VASER@ System was designed to provide patients with smooth, predictable results and fast recovery, while also allowing physicians to perform a wide array of body contouring applications. Now, the new VASER System has been re-engineered to improve the overall experience for physicians and provide even greater versatility for body contouring procedures.
Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, finds that 25% of the 150 orthopedic surgeons surveyed in its newest Physician Forum publication plan to reduce their usage of metal-on-metal hip implants over the next twelve months. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been the subject of close media scrutiny in recent months due to reports of metal debris and soft-tissue damage resulting in revision surgeries in some patients.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP For the third time this year, Congress is scrambling to stave off a hefty pay cut to doctors treating Medicare patients, even as the Obama administration mails out a glossy brochure to reassure seniors the health care program is on solid ground. The 21.3 percent cut will take effect June 1 unless lawmakers intervene in the next few days.
Roxana Hegeman, AP A Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs linked to 68 deaths testified that he knew some patients had died from overdoses, but his clinic changed its practices to prevent future overdoses. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were charged in a 34-count indictment with illegally prescribing drugs and committing health care fraud and money laundering.
A state-of-the-art heart pump recently approved for use in end-stage cardiac patients has a significantly lower risk for infection than an earlier model of the device, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Known as a left ventricular assist device, the newest version of the HeartMate is much smaller than the first and uses a tiny turbine with synthetic ruby bearings, lubricated by the blood itself, to continually push blood through the body.