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Does adding therapy before, after surgery for urinary incontinence help?
Adding behavioral and physical therapy before and after surgery for women with stress and urgency urinary incontinence resulted in a small improvement in symptoms compared to women who just had surgery but that difference in symptoms may not be clinically important. (2019-09-17)
Hysterectomy and mesh support may have similar outcomes in repairing vaginal prolapse
Two surgical procedures used to repair vaginal prolapse -- hysterectomy and employing mesh support that preserves the uterus -- have comparable clinical outcomes after three years, according to new data from researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. (2019-09-17)
Epilepsy surgery: The earlier the better, overview study shows
A person with drug resistant epilepsy who gets an early surgical intervention has a better chance of becoming seizure free. (2019-09-12)
UK improves cancer survival, but is still behind other high-income countries
Cancer survival in the UK has improved since 1995, although it still lags behind other high-income countries, according to new analysis by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP), which is managed by Cancer Research UK. (2019-09-11)
Video assisted lung surgery reduces complications and hospital stays compared to open surgery
Video-assisted thoracic surgery is associated with lower in-hospital complications and shorter length of stay compared with open surgery among British patients who were diagnosed at an early stage of lung cancer, according to research presented today the IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. (2019-09-09)
New study shows why people gain weight as they get older
Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. (2019-09-09)
Speech impairment in five-year-old international adoptees with cleft palate
In a group of internationally adopted children with cleft lip and/or palate, speech at age five is impaired compared to a corresponding group of children born in Sweden, a study shows. (2019-09-06)
Aesthetics of skin cancer therapy may vary by treatment type
In a meta-analysis of 58 studies, a study led by Penn State compared four types of skin cancer treatments and found that while all four had similar recurrence rates a year after treatment, a form of radiation called brachytherapy and a type of surgery called Mohs micrographic surgery had better cosmetic results. (2019-09-03)
Study shows metabolic surgery associated with lower risk of death and heart complications
A large Cleveland Clinic study shows that weight-loss surgery performed in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity is associated with a lower risk of death and major adverse cardiovascular events than usual medical care. (2019-09-02)
Chewing gum use in the perioperative period
Many anesthesiologists forbid patients from chewing gum in the immediate hours before surgery for fear that it would increase the risk that the patient's stomach contents might end up dumped (aspirated) into the patient's lungs, with potentially deadly consequences (aspiration pneumonitis). (2019-08-30)
Drug use, excess alcohol and no helmet common among US injured eScooter users
A significant proportion of eScooter injuries in the US seem to be occurring while 'drivers' are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and almost never wearing a helmet, suggests a study of admissions to three US major trauma centres, published online in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. (2019-08-29)
Oncologists echo findings that suggest a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence
Oncologists at VCU Massey Cancer Center were invited to co-author an editorial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology providing expert commentary on findings from a large study conducted by German investigators that a modified drug combination may lead to a decreased chance of disease recurrence for women with high risk, HER-2 negative breast cancer. (2019-08-26)
Anxiety among patient factors linked to more opioid use after surgery
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. (2019-08-22)
Canadian researchers find 'silent' strokes common after surgery
The study found that 'silent' covert strokes are actually more common than overt strokes in people aged 65 or older who have surgery. (2019-08-15)
Remove false teeth before general anesthetic, doctors warn
False teeth need to be taken out before a general anesthetic, doctors warn in the journal BMJ Case Reports after a 72-year-old's dentures got stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, and weren't discovered for eight days. (2019-08-12)
Managing ovarian cancer risk in women with BRCA1/2 genetic variants
A new review to help physicians manage the risk of ovarian cancer in women who carry the BRCA1/2 gene mutations is published in CMAJ. (2019-08-12)
Conservative treatment with a sling can replace surgery for shoulder fractures
An arm in a sling cures a shoulder fracture just as well as an operation with plates and screws. (2019-08-09)
Reducing exposure to opioids after cesarean delivery
An effort to improve the scheduled cesarean section delivery experience found that changes to preoperative and postoperative processes can lead to reductions in opioid use without increased pain and with faster recovery, according to research from Kaiser Permanente published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2019-08-08)
Major surgery associated with small, long term decline in brain functioning
Major surgery is associated with a small long-term decline in cognitive functioning -- equivalent, on average, to less than five months of natural brain aging, finds a study in The BMJ today. (2019-08-07)
Tiny biodegradable circuits for releasing painkillers inside the body
EPFL researchers have developed biodegradable microresonators that can be heated locally with a wireless system. (2019-08-07)
New twist on old surgical technique helps repair patient's skull base
A Rutgers-led team of surgeons developed a groundbreaking procedure based on a paramedian forehead flap, a century-old plastic surgery technique, to save the life of a patient who suffered complications following the removal of a cancerous tumor inside his skull. (2019-07-31)
Starting with less-invasive procedures to restore leg blood flow as good at avoiding amputation as starting with open surgery
Patients who underwent a less-invasive procedure to open clogged leg arteries were just a likely to survive with their legs intact as patients who had more invasive surgery. (2019-07-30)
Most deaths related to noncardiac surgery occur after surgery and after discharge from hospital
It's not the operating room that is risky for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery; it's the recovery period. (2019-07-29)
Physician experience and practice area affects decision-making for endovascular treatment
A new study presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 16th Annual Meeting found significant differences in decision-making for endovascular treatment (EVT) when the physician's experience with EVT use and practice area were taken into consideration. (2019-07-24)
Type of stent affects immediate and long-term outcomes
A new study comparing the outcomes of different types of stents used to treat cerebral aneurysms shows that the type of stent used affects a patient's immediate and long-term health outcomes. (2019-07-23)
Characteristics in older patients associated with inability to return home after operation
The ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project has, for the first time, identified four factors in older patients that are associated with an inability to return home after an operation. (2019-07-22)
New study finds independent predictors of first pass effect in mechanical thrombectomy
A new study, presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 16th Annual Meeting, found that non-internal carotid artery (non-ICA) site of occlusion, the use of a balloon-guided catheter, and better collateral grade were all independent predictors of the first pass effect (FPE). (2019-07-22)
Helicopter transport for stroke patients decreases time to surgery, new study finds
The sooner that a severe stroke patient can access thrombectomy, the more likely they are to experience a good outcome. (2019-07-22)
Stem cell therapy furthers research for infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
A phase I clinical trial is the first research monitored by the Food and Drug Administration that demonstrates the potential of regenerative therapy for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) through collecting, processing and injecting an infant's own stem cells directly into the heart at the time of surgery. (2019-07-22)
Operative versus non-operative treatment for 2-part proximal humerus fracture
Although increasingly used, the benefit of surgical treatment of displaced 2-part proximal humerus fractures has not been proven. (2019-07-19)
A better avenue for neurosurgery to improve outcomes
Changing the route of entry for minimally invasive neurosurgery provides better outcomes for a wide range of interventions, and is preferred by patients. (2019-07-18)
Diabetes medications masking surgical complication
A new class of diabetes medications is masking the potentially dangerous condition of ketoacidosis at the time of surgery. (2019-07-18)
Biomaterial-delivered chemotherapy leads to long-term survival in brain cancer
A combination of chemotherapy drugs during brain cancer surgery using a biodegradable paste, leads to long-term survival, researchers at the University of Nottingham have discovered. (2019-07-18)
Link found between gut bacteria, successful joint replacement
Having healthy gut flora -- the trillions of bacteria housed in our intestines -- could lower the risk of infection following knee and hip replacement surgeries, while an unhealthy intestinal flora may increase the risk of infection. (2019-07-18)
How long does a surgery take? Researchers create model
For years, surgeons have estimated how long a surgery will take. (2019-07-18)
Machine learning platform guides pancreatic cyst management in patients
Researchers have created a comprehensive test based on machine learning algorithms to better guide the management of patients with pancreatic cysts -- a potential precursor of pancreatic cancer. (2019-07-17)
Surgery before pregnancy linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in babies
Babies whose mothers underwent surgery before pregnancy had an increased risk of opioid withdrawal symptoms at birth, found a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-07-15)
Surgery before pregnancy linked to higher risk of opioid withdrawal in babies
Babies whose mothers underwent surgery before pregnancy have an increased risk of opioid withdrawal symptoms at birth, according to a new study done by Dr. (2019-07-15)
Combined breast and gynecologic surgery: Study says not so fast
University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in Breast Journal argues against combined approach: Patients undergoing coordinated breast and gynecologic procedures had a significantly longer length of hospital stay, and higher complication, readmission, and reoperation rates compared with patients who underwent single site surgery. (2019-07-15)
Outcomes of non-operatively treated elbow ulnar in professional baseball players
Professional baseball players with a low-grade elbow injury that occurs on the humeral side of the elbow have a better chance of returning to throw and returning to play, and a lower risk of ulnar collateral ligament surgery than players who suffered more severe injuries on the ulnar side of the elbow. (2019-07-13)
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