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With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts For Surgery

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | Comments

Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. The next step was gender reassignment surgery. For that, Payne, who is now 44, said she needed health coverage. “It is not a simple, easy, magical surgery,” said Payne. “Trying to do this without insurance is a big risk."

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Older Parkinson's Patients No Higher Risk for DBS

August 26, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

Implantating deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report. The findings, published Aug. 25 in the journal JAMA Neurology, ease concerns that patients older than 75 are poorer candidates for DBS because they may be prone to bleeding, infections or other complications that can arise after surgeries.

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Study: Knee Surgery Not Needed for Mild Osteoarthritis

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

Their study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today, says middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery. Doctors need to be carefully weighing the costs and benefits when deciding who should undergo such surgery, says Dr. Moin Khan, principal investigator for the study.

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Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Removal Surgery Growing in US

August 26, 2014 11:19 am | Comments

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries, their costs are decreasing over time.

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Nasal Cell Transplant Leads to Snotty Spine

August 25, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

Surgeons removed cysts layered with actual snot from a 29-year-old woman's back 8 years after transplanting nasal stem cells into her spinal injury, neurosurgeon Brian Dlouhy, MD, of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and colleagues reported.

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Men ‘Humiliated’ After Doctor Posted Photos After Plastic Surgery

August 25, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

Two fashion photographers say their plastic surgeon turned the lens on them when they were just vulnerable patients, then put the post-op pics online for all to see, according to a lawsuit, reported the New York Post.  Shutterbug James Moritz and his partner, Doug Hill, went under the knife of the Upper East Side’s Dr. Douglas Steinbrech in 2012 to improve their “appearance, self-esteem and confidence,” they say in an $18 million lawsuit.

Carolina Panthers' Star's Son Facing Third Surgery in 22 Months

August 25, 2014 11:35 am | Comments

T.J. Olsen has dealt with more health complications during his first 22 months than most adults will in their entire lives. The son of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen faces another big battle this week. T.J., who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect, will undergo his third and final open-heart surgery Monday. The first procedure was just two days after his birth, and the second was last summer.

Heart Surgery Can Increase Depression Risk

August 25, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn’t just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson’s disease. Rarely mentioned, though, is the open-heart surgery he’d undergone five years ago.

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Doctors Blog: How Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

August 25, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

Regular readers will be well aware of the fact that bariatric (unfortunately, often referred to as “weight-loss surgery”) is currently the most effective treatment for severe obesity. However, exactly why and how surgery works remains unclear. Earlier concepts of surgery working either because it creates a mechanical restriction to food intake and/or reduces caloric load due to malabsorption are not borne out by newer studies.

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Unique Surgery Marks A First For Bermuda

August 25, 2014 10:51 am | Comments

A surgery performed for the first time here in Bermuda could allow a young man to breathe on his own for the first time since an accident paralyzed him several years ago, potentially allowing him to be cared for at home in the future, reported Bernews.com on Monday. The surgery required a team of surgeons, with the supervising doctor saying, “The operation could not have been done better anywhere else in the world.”

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Woman Has Surgery to Turn Nipples Into Hearts

August 22, 2014 3:50 pm | Comments

A woman from England has spent 15 years and £130,000 on surgery to make her look like a holiday caricature – even having her nipples tattooed as hearts. Krystina Butel, 30, began her extreme transformation after having a caricature of herself drawn while on holiday in Ibiza when she was 15.

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A Safety Improvement for Laparoscopic Surgery

August 22, 2014 3:43 pm | Comments

All any surgeon wants in the operating room is for the surgery to go as smoothly and successfully as possible. Although laparoscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive surgery (MIS), there is still some risk, such as accidentally over-puncturing and hitting a vital organ with the trocar.

USF's Jozwiak Thrilled to Play After Heart Surgery

August 22, 2014 3:09 pm | Comments

On opening night, when the University of South Florida football team races through the tunnel at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 30 before facing the Western Carolina Catamounts, emotions will run high for Bulls players. Particularly for USF junior offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak, who missed last season following surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.

More Common Procedures for Facial Tics Carry High Costs

August 22, 2014 2:38 pm | Comments

For patients who need surgery for facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, the most cost-effective procedure is the least often used, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Extracorporeal Support Can Signifcantly Increase Organs Available for Transplant

August 22, 2014 2:11 pm | Comments

Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan’s Transplant Center increased the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent.  The results were published in the journal Transplantation and detail the impact of more than 10 years of using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, to improve the quality and viability of organs donated after circulatory determination of death.

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