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Older Parkinson's Patients No Higher Risk for DBS

August 26, 2014 11:47 am | News | 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.

Nasal Cell Transplant Leads to Snotty Spine

August 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Surgeons removed cysts layered with actual snot from a 29-year-old woman's back 8 years after...

Botched Operations at Private UK Surgery Clinics Hurting Patients

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

For over a decade, it has been government policy in England to take money from the public,...

Plastic Surgery: Important Questions Before Going Under the Knife

August 21, 2014 11:23 am | by Dr. Michael Gartner | News | Comments

Within the field of plastic surgery, there are a lot of negative connotations that people...

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Is Reverse Plastic Surgery New Trend in South Korea?

August 20, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Euny Hong joins guest host Terry O'Reilly to discuss the ubiquity of plastic surgery in South Korea, where it is believed one in three women have gone under the knife in recent years. Hong, author of The Birth of Korean Cool, explains the cultural factors driving their popularity, and sheds light on the growing counter-trend that inspired the new Back to my Face reality show.

Is China's 50 percent C-section delivery rate too high?

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Efforts must be made to decrease China's increasing caesarean section rate, suggests a new commentary published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). China has one of the highest C-section rates in the world. Of 16 million babies born in 2010, about half were by caesarean. The current Chinese language literature on caesarean rates reports total caesarean rates ranging from 36% to 58%.

Deaths Rise With Shift to Outpatient Procedures for Urology Surgeries

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

As hospitals have shifted an array of common urological surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient, potentially preventable deaths have increased following complications. The study also identified older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance as more likely to die after a potentially recognizable or preventable complication.

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Postsurgical Cognitive Side Effects Still a Concern

August 19, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

A nationwide survey of Swedish anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists has found there is low awareness of the risks of cognitive side effects following surgery. Furthermore, only around half of the respondents used depth-of-anesthesia monitors. According to the survey results, less attention is being paid to cognitive side effects following surgery, yet these complications can have major implications for the patient.

Report: Clinics Fail to Warn Patients of Laser Eye Dangers

August 18, 2014 12:10 pm | News | Comments

The dangers of laser eye surgery are not being properly explained to people desperate to improve their vision. One in three consultations by clinics offering the treatment were of poor quality, according to a Which? investigation. The consumer watchdog found that the relatively low prices promised by the major chains in their marketing are not what they seem, while some outlets sting customers with unexpected fees.

High-Intensity Exercise Safe and Effective in Heart Transplant Recipients

August 18, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

High-intensity exercise can help stable heart transplant patients reach higher levels of exercise capacity, and gain better control of their blood pressure than moderate intensity exercise, investigators report in a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. 

Ohio Doctor, Medical Group Owe $1.8 Million in Surgery Death

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

A Franklin County, Ohio jury has awarded $1.8 million to the family of a 30-year-old man who died after surgery in 2010. According to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the jurors found that Dr. Adam M. Zochowski of Columbus and his medical group, Central Ohio Surgical Associates Inc., were negligent in assessing the man, Carl Whitmer, and clearing him for surgery.

Medical Device Staffers Admit to Defrauding Hospitals

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two staffers at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Daniel Metz, a 34-year-old Fairfield resident, and 35-year-old Charles Carey Jr., of Clark, both pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Study Shows Tool Effective in Evaluating Doctor's Bedside Manner

August 11, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

According to the study, nearly 90 percent of residents who were surveyed on the effectiveness of the tool thought that the scenarios reflected the reality of what they would encounter in general practice, and more than 80 percent agreed that it would help them prepare for their final exam.

Judge Tosses Suit Claiming Botched Circumcision

August 8, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 59, has numerous health problems including diabetes that have led to the amputation of his legs. Attorneys for the doctors and hospital contend the medical procedure alleged in the suit never happened.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Robotic FloShield for Laparoscopic Surgery

August 7, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Robotic FloShield™, is a new standard in maintaining unparalleled visual clarity during laparoscopic surgery. FloShield proactively protects the laparoscope from condensation, debris and smoke. According to FloShield, the device's unique design virtually eliminates the need to remove the laparoscope for cleaning, minimizing surgical interruptions and saving OR time.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Breck Surgical Products "Splat Mat"

August 6, 2014 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Splat Mat” from Breck Surgical Products is a 3’x 4’, super absorbent, low profile, skid resistant, fluid proof backed, and disposable surgical floor mat. According to Breck Surgical Products, the company issued the first disposable mat on the market in 1989.

Database Helps Curb Risk of Post-Op Blood Clots

July 29, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

Patients who are placed in contact isolation after their operations are at a particularly high risk for developing life-threatening blood clots, but ensuring they move around has helped curb the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in one hospital.

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Study Helps Compare Risks Of Treatments For Early Esophageal Cancer

July 29, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine® researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. The study reviewed the outcomes of more than 5,000 patients from 824 hospitals.

Quality Program Saves 533 Lives, $75 Million

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Compared with complication rates in 2009, mortality rates dropped by 31.5 percent. The collaborative saw improvements in 13 of the 17 types of complications, and nine improved significantly. The areas of most improvement included surgical site infections, pneumonia and urinary tract infections, which all dropped by approximately one-third.

Non-endoscopic Migraine Surgery Provides Relief

July 29, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). "We confirmed that surgery through standard incisions used for cosmetic procedures can be very effective in treating some of the most severe cases of chronic migraine," says William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., MD.

New Material For Surgical Products Could Aid In Healing Process

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant and can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices or implants that are more compatible with cells and tissues, reducing inflammation or rejection.

Safety Program Reduces Heart Surgery Infections

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The project's goal was to reduce the cardiac NSQIP SSI rate to two percent. The team succeeded in lowering the infection rate to a NSQIP average of 1.6 percent in the nine months after fully instituting the surgical best practices bundle.

Reused Syringes Lead To Clinic Suspension

July 28, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.

House & Senate Agree On A Deal For VA

July 28, 2014 11:45 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.        

New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”

Alabama Man Suing Over Mistaken Amputation

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. A hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.                                                                         

Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.

Varying Insurance Premium Subsidies Worry Patients, Employers

July 25, 2014 11:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy, AP | News | Comments

The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but it's unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.

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