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Penn's 'Enhanced Recovery' program significantly reduces post-op opioid use
Penn Medicine researchers found that when an ''Enhanced Recovery After Surgery'' protocol was employed--which optimizes patients' surgical care before, during, and after surgery--the majority of patients did not need opioids for pain management at one, three, and six months after elective spinal and peripheral nerve surgery. (2020-08-06)
Brain waves can be used to predict future pain sensitivity
Rhythms produced by the brain can reliably be used to predict how sensitive we are to pain, new research shows. (2020-08-06)
Surgical delays for very early stage breast cancer not tied to worse survival outcomes
Retrospective analysis of patients treated between 2010 and 2016 found that delays were associated with a small increase in pathological upstaging for 'stage zero' breast cancer but did not impact overall survival. (2020-08-06)
Research suggests viability of brain computer to improve function in paralyzed patient
Researchers demonstrated the success of a fully implantable wireless medical device called a stentrode brain-computer interface designed to improve functional independence in patients with severe paralysis. (2020-08-06)
New studies highlight racial disparities among stroke patients with COVID-19
Two new studies indicate that racial disparities related to outcomes exist among stroke patients, including one study that specifically examines stroke patients with COVID-19. (2020-08-06)
'Avoid surgery' for most cases of common wrist fracture in young people, urge researchers
Study finds plaster casts are just as effective at healing scaphoid waist fractures in the wrist as surgery. (2020-08-06)
Surgery during pregnancy for gallbladder infections may be safer than postponing
Although surgery during pregnancy is often feared, in the case of cholecystitis or acute gallbladder disease, surgery may lead to better outcomes for mom and baby. (2020-08-05)
Study validates Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) scale for stroke triage
A new study presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting serves as the first prospective validation of the Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) scale in accurately identifying a severe clot stroke called a Large Vessel Occlusion (LVO) by U.S.-based EMS personnel in a pre-hospital setting. (2020-08-04)
New research: Treatment advancements help reduce mortality from unruptured brain aneurysms
Mortality rates after treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms have substantially decreased in the past decade, according to new findings presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting. (2020-08-04)
New guidelines say breastfeeding is safe after anaesthesia
New guidelines published by the Association of Anaesthetists in the journal Anaesthesia, to coincide with the start of World Breast Feeding Week (1-7 August) say that breastfeeding is safe after the mother has had anaesthesia, as soon as she is alert and able to feed. (2020-07-31)
Gender gaps in surgical specialties may take decades to close
Among the largest resident specialties in the US, little progress has been made in closing the gender gap, with most of the largest residencies demonstrating a less than 1 percent increase in women trainees per year. (2020-07-29)
Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking
Smokers who have thoracic surgery are much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also complete a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows. (2020-07-28)
Antibiotics alone successfully treat uncomplicated appendicitis in children
Of 1,068 patients from 10 health centers enrolled in the study, 67.1% of those who elected to initially manage their care through antibiotics alone experienced no harmful side effects and did not later require an appendectomy by their one-year follow-up appointment. (2020-07-27)
Double surgery improves chances for heart transplant in patients with obesity
Pairing bariatric surgery with LVAD heart surgery may be an effective bridge to heart transplant for obese patients. (2020-07-27)
Research shows ibuprofen does not hinder bone fracture healing in children
Doctors have traditionally avoided prescribing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to patients with fractures. (2020-07-22)
Immune system treatment to reduce stress prevents cancer metastases
Tel Aviv University researchers have found that the short time period around tumor removal surgery (the weeks before and after surgery) is critical for the prevention of metastases development, which develop when the body is under stress. (2020-07-22)
Post-surgical bleeding associated with more deaths when compared to blood clots after surgery
Post-surgical bleeding is associated with more deaths than blood clots from surgery, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. (2020-07-21)
Race is a risk factor for postoperative death in apparently healthy children
In a new study, published in Pediatrics, researchers have shown that being African American was strongly associated with a higher risk of postoperative complications and mortality among apparently healthy children. (2020-07-20)
Female surgeon scientists claim more than their share of research grants
While their ranks in academic surgery may be not be robust, women surgeons are holding their own when it comes to surgical research, securing a greater percentage of NIH grants than their numbers suggest. (2020-07-17)
Opium linked with more deaths after bypass surgery
The largest study on opium use and outcomes after bypass surgery has found that - in contrast to widely held beliefs - it is linked with more deaths and heart attacks. (2020-07-16)
Study finds weight loss surgery cost disparity
A new study from the University of Georgia finds that users of public insurance are paying more for bariatric weight loss surgery compared to private insurance patients. (2020-07-13)
Study finds cancer mortality rate disparity based on hospital ratings
A new paper in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum, published by Oxford University Press, finds that the mortality rates for complex cancer procedures differ greatly between one-star hospitals (10.4%) and five-star hospitals (6.4%). (2020-07-13)
Study: Surgical delay associated with increased risk in some gastrointestinal malignancies
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread cancellations of electively-scheduled or ''non-emergency'' operations were implemented to free up hospital beds and conserve protective equipment for health care workers. (2020-07-07)
One million epilepsy patients in China missing out on beneficial surgery
In 2010, Professor Patrick Kwan from Monash University's Department of Neuroscience, led an international team researching the causes and outcomes of epilepsy patients in rural China. (2020-07-06)
Morning exercise is the key to a good night's sleep after heart bypass surgery
Trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery? Morning walks are the solution, according to research presented today on ACNAP Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). (2020-07-03)
Targeting deep areas of the skeletal muscles effectively alleviates postoperative pain
To address postoperative muscle pain in patients undergoing abdominal surgery, researchers developed a new method of effective pain control called needle electrical twitch obtaining intramuscular stimulation (NETOIMS). (2020-07-02)
Significant association between income and survival after surgery for lung cancer
Patients with low income have a higher risk of death following surgery for lung cancer compared with patients with high income. (2020-07-02)
Glowing dye may aid in eliminating cancer
When a solid cancer is surgically removed, any small piece that is left behind increases the chance of a local recurrence or spread. (2020-06-30)
Even minor heart defects are associated with long-term problems in adulthood
Long-term morbidity as well as a lower level of education and employment rate are common among adults who underwent congenital heart surgery during childhood, regardless of the severity of the defect. (2020-06-29)
ASPS predicts new industry trends amidst COVID-19 reopenings
As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how plastic surgeons will care for patients and how they operate their practices, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently conducted a member survey to understand what procedures were top of mind among patients to gauge whether the public's mindset on preferred treatments has shifted. (2020-06-25)
Racial disparities in surgery rates for esophageal cancer
Black patients with esophageal cancer are less likely to receive life-saving surgery for early-stage disease than white patients. (2020-06-25)
Statement on metabolic and bariatric surgery during COVID-19 pandemic
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the leading organization of bariatric surgeons and integrated health professionals in the nation, declared metabolic and bariatric surgery 'medically necessary and the best treatment for those with the life-threatening and life-limiting disease of severe obesity' and called for the safe and rapid resumption of procedures, which have been largely postponed along with other surgeries deemed elective amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-06-23)
The injury rate of dominant leg of soccer players is identical with the non-dominant one
The severity of knee joints damage in soccer players depends on their age and career duration, and the condition of articular cartilage and meniscus of the dominant and the non-dominant leg does not differ. (2020-06-22)
10 percent of patients continue to use opioids three to six months after heart surgery
Nearly 10 percent of patients who are prescribed opioid medications following heart surgery will continue to use opioids more than 90 days after the procedure, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn Medicine. (2020-06-17)
Managing pain after sports medicine surgery
A Henry Ford Hospital study published in the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery has found that patients who underwent knee surgery and other types of sports medicine procedures could manage their pain without opioids or a minimal dosage. (2020-06-17)
Cost, distance from hospitals present barriers to surgical care
A Rutgers-led study in Colombia can help health care providers across the globe develop plans to improve surgical care access in their regions. (2020-06-11)
New study confirms superiority of open surgery for early-stage cervical cancer
A study led by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center confirms that minimally invasive surgery for early-stage cervical cancer is linked to higher rates of recurrence and death compared with open surgery. (2020-06-11)
Cryoablation comparable to surgery for treating early-stage kidney cancer
A minimally invasive procedure that destroys cancer cells by freezing them is as effective as surgery for treating early-stage kidney cancer, offering similar 10-year survival rates with a lower rate of complications, according to a new study. (2020-06-09)
Study shows opioid, sedative and antidepressant use pre-surgery leads to worse outcomes
A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications post-surgery. (2020-06-08)
New algorithm helps select patients for urgent surgery or chemotherapy during pandemic
A new approach to better select breast cancer patients in need of urgent surgery or chemotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by researchers at The Royal Marsden and the Breast Cancer Now Research Centre at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, in collaboration with colleagues in the UK, Germany and US. (2020-06-08)
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