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New Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer

Half of the breast cancer patients who received an experimental form of immunotherapy showed measurable tumor shrinkage, researchers say.

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Arthroscopy: A Viable Treatment Option for Painful Hip Joints

College basketball player Joey Liedel suffered years of debilitating hip pain that limited his ability to play.

As a freshman at University of Detroit-Mercy, he was in constant discomfort. Eventually, the Erie, Mich., athlete underwent hip surgery and took some time off to get comfortable on the court again.

The 6-foot-1 guard had arthroscopy -- a type of minimally invasive surgery...

Leftover Opioids After Surgery? Mailed Kits Double Rate of Proper Disposal

Could giving surgery patients ready-to-use mailed disposal kits for unused opioids lower the risk of abuse of the drugs?

Yes, claims a new study that found patients with unused opioid pain pills are much more likely to d...

Having a Hip, Knee Replacement? Some Tips to an Optimal Recovery

If you're one of the estimated one million Americans having total hip or knee replacement surgery this year, some lifestyle changes might improve your chances of a good outcome, an expert says.

Lose weight safely through diet and exercise before surgery, said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Abdel. The ...

Doctors Devise Safer Alternative to Opioids During, After Surgeries

It's been slightly more than a year since Jonathan Akindle, 23, underwent weight-loss surgery, and so far, so good.

He is now down 130 pounds, and he was able to get through gastric sleeve surgery and recovery without taking any opioids for pain.

"The pain right after...

Mesh Plug a New Option for Treating Tricky Aneurysms

A mesh plug normally used to treat one type of brain aneurysm is also effective when dealing with another type, a new study says.

Aneurysms are bulges in blood vessels that can cause a life-threatening rupture. They typically occur where a blood vessel forks into two branches (bifurcates), but can also occur on the side of a blood vessel.

The study found that a device called a Woven...

What Works Best for Ruptured Achilles Tendons?

A ruptured Achilles tendon can reduce a weekend warrior to a limping one. And there's no single right way to treat it.

People who've suffered this common injury may fare just as well with physical therapy as with surgery, a new clinical trial shows.

Lumpectomy as Effective as Mastectomy for Young Women With Breast Cancer

Breast cancers that arise before age 40 tend to be more aggressive. But young women who undergo "breast-conserving" surgery are just as likely to survive as those who have a mastectomy, a preliminary study finds.

The study involved nearly 600 women under age 40 who were treated for breast cancer at one medical center....

Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

Efforts to cut back on risky opioid use for pain after surgery are trickling down to kids.

New research shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed narcotics to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly beginning in late 2017.

While

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  • U.S. Surgeons' Group Is Working to Save Trauma Victims in Ukraine

    Images of Ukrainians being carried on stretchers from bombed-out buildings, wounded and bleeding, are heartbreaking, but one American surgeons' group is doing its part to help teach the war-torn country's citizens how to halt life-threatening bleeds.

    When serious injury strikes, time is of the es...

    Newer Mesh Slings for Stress Incontinence a Safe, Effective Option for Women: Study

    For women with frequent urine leakage, a newer and simpler "sling" surgery works as well as the standard version, according to a new clinical trial.

    The study involved women with stress urinary incontinence, w...

    You've Had Foot Surgery: How Long Until You're Active Again?

    Most people who have had major foot surgery are able to return to the activities they enjoy, but it may take a long time, new research suggests.

    The study included 82 adult patients who had surgery to correct a form of "

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  • Men Offered Surgery More Often Than Women When Carpal Tunnel Strikes

    Men are more likely than women to be offered surgery to ease carpal tunnel syndrome, but a small new study from one hospital suggests that gender may have nothing to do with the disparity.

    Instead, the difference may exist because the condition tends to be more severe in men, the researchers said.

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  • Black Patients Less Happy With Care After Knee, Hip Replacement

    Recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery can be tough for anyone, but a new study from one hospital showed that Black patients were less likely than white patients to be satisfied with their care after the procedure.

    Researchers reviewed survey responses from more than 2,500 people who un...

    Knee Replacement in Folks Over 80: Less Risky Than You Think

    Knee replacement surgery is increasingly common among people over 80 sidelined with knee pain, and the procedure isn't as hazardous for them as often assumed.

    That's the main message from a new study of more than 1.7 million seniors who underwent knee replacement surgery.

    The findings come as no surprise to Dr. Thomas Fleeter, whose oldest knee replacement patient was ...

    People With Scars Are Their Own Toughest Critics: Study

    Scars from facial surgery look worse to skin cancer patients themselves than to others, so it's important for surgeons to prepare patients beforehand, researchers say.

    Doctors can help by outlining the healing process and explaining what their scars will look like in the weeks after surgery, the study authors suggested.

    "Our research seems to support the saying 'we are our own worst...

    When Is It Time for a Knee Replacement?

    Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States, with more than 790,000 performed each year.

    Deciding the time for knee replacement needs to be determined by you and your doctor, but certain factors make it more likely, according to experts at Keck Medicine of t...

    Upcoming Surgery Worry You? Poll Says You're Not Alone

    Many older Americans have concerns about elective surgery beforehand, but most who go through with it are satisfied with the outcome, a new survey finds.

    Elective surgery includes many operations for conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, such as knee replacem...

    Blood Test Marker Could Gauge Risks After Heart Surgery

    About 2 million adults worldwide undergo heart surgery each year, and checking blood levels of a certain protein could help assess their risk of death within 30 days, a new study shows.

    Blood tests to check levels of troponin (a type of pr...

    Had Hernia Surgery? You May Need Another

    If you've had hernia repair surgery and you think you've solved your medical issue for good, you might be wrong.

    A hernia occurs when an internal organ pushes through a weak region of muscle or tissue, often creating a noticeable bulge. Hernias typically do not improve without surgery. Left untreated, a hernia can cause severe complications, including cutting off blood flow to surrounding...

    Red Cross Says Blood Shortage Is Worst in a Decade

    The American Red Cross is pleading for donors as it grapples with its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

    The shortage poses a risk to patient care because doctors are forced to make decisions about which patients receive blood transfusions and which ones must wait until more blood becomes available, the Red Cross said in a

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  • Pre-Op Treatment May Be Advance Against Deadly Liver Cancers

    When delivering a liver cancer diagnosis, Dr. Thomas Marron pulls no punches: "Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers," he tells patients.

    Jeffrey Foster heard a similar message loud and clear when he was first diagnosed by another doctor with hepatocellular carcinoma -- the most common type of liver cancer

    In a First, a Robot Performs Laparoscopic Surgery on Pig Without Human Help

    A robot performed challenging keyhole surgery on pigs without any human help in what could be a major step toward fully automated surgery on people.

    "Our findings show that we can automate one of the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery: the reconnection of two ends of an intestine," said senior study author Axel Krieger. He is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at J...

    Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

    In response to claims that a man was denied a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Wednesday that its transplant policies mirror those used across the United States.

    In a crowdfunding appeal for 31-year-old D.J. Ferguson, a father of two, his family said the hospital told him he was ineligible to receive a new ...

    Almost 1 in 10 U.S. Lung Transplants Now Due to COVID

    COVID-19 is changing medicine in yet another way: A new study finds that patients with COVID-related lung damage now account for nearly one in 10 lung transplants in the United States.

    The researchers analyzed data on more than 3,000 lung transplants nationwide between Aug. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. They found that 7% of them were performed to treat severe, irreversible lung damage cau...

    Are Pins or a Cast Better for a Broken Wrist?

    A cast is as good as metal pins for treating a broken wrist, researchers report.

    A broken wrist in which bone fragments move out of their normal alignment is called a displaced wrist fracture. After the bones are put back in place, they're typically held in position by a molded plaster cast or by pins/pla...

    Is a Night in the Hospital Necessary After Hip, Knee Replacement?

    For many people undergoing total hip or knee replacement, same-day surgery is a safe option, new research shows.

    Among folks in overall good health, the study of nearly 1.8 million patients found similar post-op complication rates among those who had outpatient joint replacement surgery compared to those who spent a night or two in the hospital.

    "Careful patient selection is the k...

    Exercise Soon After Breast Plastic Surgery Is Safe, Healthy

    While some plastic surgeons recommend no exercise for weeks after breast augmentation, new research suggests the ban may not be necessary.

    A new clinical trial found that women who resumed exercise after one week off did not have more complicati...

    Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

    Recovery from heart surgery can bring some pain. But a new study suggests patients don't need potentially addictive prescription opioids to control that post-op discomfort.

    "This study shows that discharge without opioid pain medicine after cardiac surgery is extremely well tolerated...

    Poor Outcome More Likely When Patient Is Female, Surgeon Is Male: Study

    You can’t always choose who operates on you, especially in an emergency, but the sex of your surgeon shouldn’t matter, should it?

    It just may, according to a

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  • U.S. Surgery Rates Rebounded Quickly After Pandemic Shutdowns

    U.S. operating rooms got busy once again soon after the first round of pandemic shutdowns, according to a study that challenges the widely held belief that operations have been curtailed indefinitely during the age of COVID-19.

    "It's an untold story," said senior study author Dr. Sherry Wren, a professor of general surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California. "It's t...

    Removing Ovaries During Hysterectomy Before 50 Can Bring Health Risks

    New research on hysterectomies among women who don’t have cancer determined there is an age at which it is safer to also remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes and an age at which it isn't.

    Canadian scientists studied the cases of more than 200,500 women who had a hysterectomy for noncancerous reasons. They found an increased risk of death in women under 50 when the ovaries and fallopia...

    Cataract Surgery Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

    People who undergo surgery to treat cataracts may have a lower likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

    Of more than 3,000 older adults with the eye disease, those who had surgery were about 30% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the coming years, researchers found.

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  • Black Women Have Triple the Odds for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

    A condition called lymphedema is a well-known side effect of breast cancer treatment that can lead to swelling in the arms and legs.

    New research suggests that Black women experience are at more than three times the risk of this painful issue compared to white women.

    "Lymphedema worsens quality of life for breast cancer patients," said the study's lead author, Dr. Andrea Barrio. S...

    FDA Approves Imaging Drug That Can Help Surgeons Spot Ovarian Cancers

    Early detection of ovarian cancer helps boost a woman's survival, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new imaging drug that can help spot tumors during surgery.

    The drug, Cytalux (pafolacianine), is meant to improve a surgeon's ability to detect ovarian cancer while operating on a patient.

    It is administered intravenously before surgery and is used in conj...

    What You Need to Know About Stomach Cancer

    New treatment options are giving hope to patients with stomach cancer.

    Also known as gastric cancer, the disease is the world's sixth most common cancer with 1.09 million new cases in 2020, according to the World Health Organization.

    It's an abnormal growth of cells that can affect any part of the stomach, but typically forms in the main part.

    "I tell patients who have been re...

    Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

    Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

    As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings may come as good news.

    After ACL surgery, Advil and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminop...

    Blood Pressure During Surgery May Be Crucial After Spinal Cord Injury

    Tight blood pressure control -- not too high and not too low -- during surgery for spinal cord injuries may improve patients' outcomes, a new study suggests.

    "Damage to neurons in spinal cord injuries leads to dysregulation of blood pressure, which in turn limits the supply of blood and oxygen to stressed spinal cord tissue, exacerbating spinal neuron death," said co-lead author Abel Torr...

    Advances in Care, Impact of COVID Highlights of Latest Cardiologists' Meeting

    The COVID-19 pandemic, heart-healthy eating, and better ways to treat and prevent heart disease were among the hot topics that emerged during the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.

    "I was at the sessions yesterday, I was actually in clinic this morning, and there were things I learned at the sessions that are affecting how I care for my patients," Dr. Manesh Patel, cha...

    Low-Dose CT Scans Can Diagnose Appendicitis

    CT scans expose patients to radiation even as they help doctors spot serious health problems. Now a new study finds low-dose scans can readily spot appendicitis while reducing patients' radiation exposure.

    "The results of this study suggest that the diagnostic CT scan radiation dose can be significantly decreased without impairing diagnostic accuracy," said lead study author Paulina Salmi...

    Exercise Helps Ease Arm, Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

    Arm and shoulder pain are common for women after breast cancer surgery, and beginning a supervised exercise program soon afterwards can go a long way to easing the discomfort, new research suggests.

    As the team of British investigators explained, restricted shoulder movement and chronic pain or swelling in the armpit area can really impact a patient's recovery and quality of life.

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    Sexism May Play Role in Who Performs Your Surgery

    Male doctors are much more likely to refer patients to male surgeons, rather than send them to female surgeons with equal qualifications and experience, a new study finds.

    "During my 20 years in practice, I always had the sense it was easier for my male surgical colleagues to get referrals than it was for me, and the patients they were referred were more likely to need surgery," said seni...

    Hip Replacements on the Rise Among the Very Young

    It may look like bad news, but a new study says it's not: The number of people younger than 21 who had total hip replacement surgery in the United States jumped from 347 in 2000 to 551 in 2016.

    The increase wasn't due to a rise in the number of children with inflammatory arthritis, which often prompts a hip replacement in the very young. That suggests that non-surgical treatments to contr...

    Most Americans Would Skip Opioids After Surgery If They Could: Survey

    More than two-thirds of Americans would be willing to try alternatives to prescription opioids to control pain after surgery, a new survey shows.

    The United States is grappling with an opioid addiction crisis, and it's common for addiction to begin when patients get painkillers after surgery or an injury.

    The survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older found that four ou...

    Study Compares Bypass, Stenting for Patients With Severe Heart Disease

    Bypass surgery is slightly better overall than stenting to open blocked arteries in people with severe coronary artery disease, new research shows.

    But decisions may still need to be made on a case-by-case basis: Stenting appeared more beneficial in some patients, particularly if they didn't have complex disease.

    The findings should help guide decisions about which treatment is best...

    Shorter Course of Post-Op Radiation May Work Well for Prostate Cancer Patients

    After prostate cancer surgery, men can safely undergo fewer radiation treatments at higher doses, a new clinical trial shows.

    Researchers found that the shorter regimen -- given over five weeks, instead of seven -- did not raise patients' odds of lasting side effects.

    Safety has been a "major concern" because when patients have fewer radiation treatments, the daily dose needs to be ...

    Routine Ventilation of Surgical Patients Won't Raise COVID Transmission Risk

    Routine face mask ventilation during an operation doesn't increase the surgical team's risk of coronavirus infection, according to a new study.

    Face mask ventilation is typically used for surgical patients under general anesthesia. However, its designation as an "aerosol-generating procedure" by the World Health Organization has altered operating room procedures and efficiency during the ...

    Cataracts Tied to Higher Odds of Death From Heart Disease

    Cataracts, a common eye disorder that often comes with age, may also be linked to a heightened risk of death from heart disease, new research shows.

    Experts stressed that the finding doesn't mean that cataracts somehow cause heart trouble, and the study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect.

    "A variety of medical conditions like [high blood pressure], diabetes or smoking have be...

    Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

    Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

    Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these types of surgeries help people," said study co-author Dr. Megan Lane. She is a plastic surgery resident at Michigan Medic...

    Acupuncture During a Knee Replacement Could Lessen Post-Surgical Pain

    After knee replacement surgery, many patients experience a level of pain that has them reaching for prescription opioid painkillers. Now new research suggests that using acupuncture during the operation may help reduce that pain without raising the risk of addiction.

    "The opioid epidemic has been in the news and on our minds for years and has created an urgency for us to seek alternatives...

    Surgery Often a Gateway to Opioid Abuse, Study Confirms

    Surgery is a common gateway to opioid misuse that can put patients at risk of an overdose.

    That's the conclusion of a new analysis of data from nearly 14,000 adults who had surgery between 2013 and 2019 at UCLA hospitals. All were opioid-naive, meaning they had not filled a prescription for an opioid painkiller for up to one year before their surgery.

    Afterward, they were prescribed...

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