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26 Oct

Pot Users Experience More Pain After Surgery: New Study

Post-operative pain is worse for pot users who often need more opioid drugs during recovery, researchers find.

25 Jul

Weight Loss Surgery Can Lead to Marital Problems, a New Study Finds

Married adults who undergo bariatric surgery are twice as likely to get divorced, researchers say.

08 Feb

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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Even When at Low Risk, Some Women Should Remove Fallopian Tubes to Avoid Ovarian Cancer: Experts

More women, even those at low risk for ovarian cancer, who have finished having children should have their fallopian tubes removed as a precaution to prevent the deadly disease, a leading research group has advised.

In new guidance released this week, the Ovarian Can...

Blood Clots in the Lungs: Consider Surgery Earlier to Help Save Lives

The American Heart Association has issued a new scientific statement on pulmonary embolism (PE), a sometimes fatal condition in which a blood clot travels to the lungs.

The American Heart Association (AHA) statement suggests surgery be considered for more people with high-r...

Chronic Pancreatitis: Surgery Can Help, But Healthy Lifestyle Is Key

Many people who have surgery for chronic pancreatitis continue to have health struggles in the years afterward — with some dying at a young age, a new study finds.

The study, done at one U.S. medical center, is the largest to look at overall survival in th...

Many Patients Aren't Getting Best Quality Lung Cancer Surgery: Study

A surgeon's skill has a direct impact on whether a patient will survive early-stage lung cancer.

Unfortunately, many surgeons are failing to follow a playbook that increase the odds of a successful outcome, a new study argues.

The quality of surgery for lung cancer varies widely across the United States, and patients whose procedures fall short of treatment guidelines suffer signifi...

Patients Give High Ratings to Pre-Surgery Telemedicine Consultations

Despite distance and occasional technical glitches, a new study finds that most patients like seeing a surgeon for the first time via video.

The study was published Jan. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

"We see patients ...

Aspirin OK After Fracture to Help Avoid Blood Clots

When people undergo surgery for broken arms or legs, they are often injected with prescription blood thinners to reduce their risk of developing potentially life-threatening blood clots in their lungs and legs.

But a large,

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  • January 19, 2023
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  • Surgery Brings Added Risks to People With COPD

    Major surgery is a challenge for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), raising their odds of death within a year by 61%, new research shows.

    The researchers also found these patients incurred 13% higher health care costs in the year after their operation, compared to patients without the respiratory condition.

    "These increased risks and costs were evident long ...

    What Are Hernias, and How Are They Treated?

    Moving a heavy object or even coughing can result in a medical condition known as a hernia.

    While it’s common, many people don’t know what a hernia is, according to an expert at Penn State Health, who offered details on causes, symptoms and treatment.

    “While we typically associate heavy lifting or strenuous activity with the development of a hernia, other congenital abdominal ...

    Jill Biden to Have Lesion Above Right Eye Removed

    First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning to have a lesion removed from above her right eye.

    The lesion was discovered during routine skin cancer screening, the president's physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 11, 2023
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  • Be Aggressive With Initial Brain Tumor Surgery to Boost Survival: Study

    THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Researchers studying patients with low-grade, slow-growing brain tumors have found that more aggressive surgery may extend survival.

    The trick to treating low-grade gliomas is t...

    Black Patients More Likely to Get Riskier Heart Surgeries

    Insured Black patients are less likely to undergo minimally invasive heart valve replacement or repairs -- relatively safe procedures -- than their white counterparts, new research shows.

    Black patients who need a mitral valve replacement are more likely to have operations that involve opening the chest and cutting through the breastbone to reveal the heart, a

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 28, 2022
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  • After COVID, Surgery Risks Remain Higher for More Than a Year

    Doctors and patients should consider COVID-19 history when planning surgery, according to a new study.

    For patients who've had a COVID-19 diagnosis, researchers found significant postoperative problems diminish gradually over time, but risks persist more than a year after the illness.

    That time frame is longer than previously known, said the research team from Vanderbilt University ...

    Black Patients More Likely to Need Emergency Surgery for Colon Cancer

    Black patients are more likely than their white peers to need emergency surgery for colon cancer, which increases their risk for complications and death, study authors say.

    "Overall, these results suggest that racial and ethnic differences persist" among colon cancer patients, and "these differences likely contribute to disparities in postoperative outcomes among these groups," said firs...

    Better Imaging Allows More Women to Opt for Breast-Conserving Surgery

    Mastectomy has long been the standard of care for certain breast cancer patients, but it still may be more extensive than many women need, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that many women who have two or even three breast tumors may be able to have breast-conserving lumpectomies instead of having the entire breast removed.

    That's because newer, more sensitive imaging techniqu...

    Black Patients With Brain Tumors Less Likely to Get Surgery Than Whites

    Black patients with brain tumors may be less likely to have surgery recommended to them than white patients are, according to a large U.S. study.

    The research, which looked at two national databases, found that on average, Black patients were less likely to have surgery recommended for any of four types of brain tumor. That included three considered benign (non-cancerous) and one that is ...

    Gene Test Might Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Skip Radiation After Lumpectomy

    A new genetic test may help determine which people with breast cancer can safely skip radiation after breast-conserving surgery to remove their tumor.

    Individuals with invasive breast cancer who had low scores on an investigational gene panel were just as likely to experience a recurrence if they received radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery or not, Swedish researchers r...

    Lasik Surgery Should Carry Warnings of Possible Complications, FDA Says

    Lasik eye surgery is a common vision-correcting procedure that many Americans view as safe and effective, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now drafted guidance that warns of potential complications.

    Although many patients are happy with the results after surgery, the recommended new guidance says complica...

    Black Patients Fare Worse Than White Patients After Angioplasty, Stents

    Black adults who undergo a common procedure to open up clogged arteries are readmitted to the hospital more often than their white peers. They're also more likely to die in the years after treatment, a new study finds.

    Researchers looked at how patients fared following balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting -- "one of the most common cardiovascular procedures performed in the U.S....

    Advent of 'Bloodless Medicine' Is Helping Some Patients Avoid Transfusions

    Before Andrea Acerra, 45, had a hysterectomy due to heavy periods in November, she received an iron infusion to boost her red blood cell count and stave off the need for a transfusion.

    "I was just worried about side effects from the iron, but there were none," said Acerra, a senior medical assistant in Bay Shore, N.Y.

    South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, where Acerra was tr...

    What Surgery Works Best for Arthritic Ankles?

    Patients with advanced ankle osteoarthritis have two surgical options to restore their quality of life, and the good news is a new study shows both have good outcomes.

    Deciding which one is better depends on the patient.

    “Our aim in this trial was to provide the data that patients need to make informed decisions about these operations,” said study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 15, 2022
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  • Leg Artery Disease Can Lead to Amputation, But a Surgery May Help Prevent That

    Doctors know a lot about the best ways to treat heart attacks and strokes, but until now they really didn't have this kind of information for peripheral artery disease (PAD).

    Affecting as many as 10 million people in the United States, PAD is marked by a plaque buildup in the arteries of the legs, causing pain and trouble walking. More than 10% of people with PAD develop chronic limb-thre...

    Is Surgery Always Necessary for Folks With Chronic Angina?

    Folks suffering chest pain from clogged arteries appear to have some true flexibility in choosing the medical care that's right for them, researchers report.

    That's because their overall risk of death is about the same whether they choose aggressive surgical treatment or a more conservative approach focused on medication and lifestyle changes, according to seven-year clinical trial result...

    Florida Medical Board May Bar Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Minors

    Transgender minors in Florida are now one step closer to not being able to get medical care to affirm their gender.

    In a heated hearing on Friday, the Florida Board of Medicine voted to begin drafting a rule banning puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgeries for trans youths younger than 18.

    This was the next step in a movement that began in April when Gov. Ron DeSantis began e...

    No Sign That Anesthesia in Pregnancy Affects Child's Later Development

    Moms who have had emergency surgery during pregnancy can rest assured that exposure to anesthesia is not linked to developmental issues in their children, a new study reveals.

    While surgery and anesthesia are typically avoided during pregnancy, up to 1% of pregnant women may require it for unexpected health

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 28, 2022
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  • Exercise Is Key to Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

    The best way to get back to feeling more normal after breast cancer surgery is to get moving, experts say.

    One surgeon offers some post-surgery suggestions for arm stretches and light aerobic exercise.

    "People who return to everyday activity sooner after surgery tend to heal better and hav...

    Quieter ORs May Make for Happier Kids After Surgery

    The key to better child behavior after surgery may be a more peaceful operating room.

    “The period before, during and after surgery is a particularly unpredictable time for parents,” explained Nguyen Tram, a research scientist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    "By implementing some small measures in the OR, we found we were able to markedly improve some of thi...

    No Change in Number of Post-Op Opioid Prescriptions, But Dosages Drop

    New research out of Canada offers some encouraging news amid concerns about the opioid epidemic.

    Doctors are prescribing a lower dose of the painkillers after older adults have surgery, the study found. They are not, however, writing fewer prescriptions for the potentially addictive drugs.

    "While it's good news that the dos...

    Marijuana Users May Feel More Post-Surgery Pain: Study

    Folks who regularly use weed could be in for a rocky road if they ever require major surgery, a new study reports.

    Frequent marijuana users tend to experience more pain as they recover from surgery, and they require more opioid drugs (like morphine) to deal with that pain, the researchers found.

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    Permanently Bent 'Trigger Finger' Can Be Hallmark of Diabetes

    A finger that “locks” can be a telltale sign of another condition: Diabetes.

    Researchers suspected that this trigger finger, often in the ring finger or thumb, might indicate diabetes after frequently finding the condition in patients who had or developed diabetes. ...

    Surgery Holds Danger for Seniors. Who's Most at Risk?

    Surgery can be a daunting prospect at any age. Now, researchers say they've spotted two key factors upping the odds of a poor surgical outcome in seniors.

    Older adults who are either frail or suffering from dementia have high rates of death in the year following a major procedure, a new U.S. study finds.

    Researchers found that among Americans aged 65 and older who underwent maj...

    Your Hospital Room Could Affect Outcomes After Surgery

    "Location, location, location" works in real estate, and a new study argues that the location of your hospital room could save your life after surgery.

    Patients are more likely to die after surgery if they are placed in certain types of rooms to recover, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Medicine found.

    Specifically, the researchers said patients can expect to ha...

    Black Americans Less Likely to Get Lifesaving Heart Treatments

    A person with advanced heart failure may often need a heart transplant or a mechanical heart pump to survive.

    But white patients are twice as likely as Black patients to get this critically important care, a new study finds, and racial bias may be the reason why.

    Marijuana Users More Prone to Infections After Knee, Shoulder Surgeries

    Surgeons have long advised patients to stop smoking cigarettes for several weeks before their operations to lower the risk of complications. But what about weed?

    New research has found reason for worry: Marijuana users had higher infection rates after minimally invasive knee and shoulder procedures. Pati...

    Some Donor Livers Keep Working for 100 Years: Study

    Some human livers are tougher than others, lasting more than 100 cumulative years between the organ's original host and a transplant recipient, a new study discovers.

    Understanding what makes these livers so resilient could help improve the donor pool by paving the way ...

    Telehealth Boosts Odds That Patients Show Up for Post-Surgery Care

    Telehealth became a common way for doctors to see patients during the early days of the pandemic.

    New research suggests that surgical patients offered virtual care are far more likely to keep appointments before and after their operation than those who rely on in-per...

    Khloe Kardashian Has 'Incredibly Rare' Tumor Removed From Her Face

    Celebrity Khloe Kardashian announced Tuesday that she had survived a second bout of skin cancer, this time on her face.

    Kardashian said her “incredibly rare” tumor was removed by Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher after the reality TV star noticed a bump that wouldn't go away.

    "I deci...

    Does Your Surgeon's Gender Matter?

    Folks having surgery have lots of things to worry about as they go under the knife, but the gender of their surgeon isn't one of them, a new study finds.

    There's no difference in rates of death or complications between male and female surgeons, Japanese data shows.

    And that's even though in Japan female surgeons are more likely to be assigned high-risk patients than male surgeons, r...

    Tear in Heart's Aorta Often Deadly, Though Survival Improving

    A torn aorta can often be deadly, but a new study has found that survival has improved significantly over the past several decades.

    But it can still be five times more deadly if not repaired surgically, the researchers added.

    Aortic dissection happens when blood rushes through a tear in the heart's ascendi...

    New Treatment Approach Boosts Odds Against 2 Types of Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer patients appear to fare better if they receive immunotherapy before their cancers are surgically removed, a pair of clinical trials show.

    In fact, some do so well that their immune system essentially dissolves their tumors, potentially removing the need...

    Oral Surgery on Your Calendar? Expert Offers Tips to Ease Anxiety

    If you're planning to have oral surgery, be prepared, not scared, an expert suggests — and stay off YouTube.

    “I tell all of my patients, ‘The more you know, the better it's going to be.' As health professionals, we're not trying to scare patients with information; it's just that when you're prepared for something, when you know what's going to happen, it reduces the anxiety level, a...

    What Do You Know About Your Risk for Hernia?

    Could you be at risk for a hernia?

    One expert gives the lowdown on hernias, who is most at risk for them, and how they are typically treated.

    Dr. Harvey Rainville, a general surgeon at Hackensack Meridian Mountains...

    Vaginal or C-Section, Method of Childbirth Won't Affect a Couple's Sex Life Later

    Childbirth shouldn't put any dent in your future lovin', regardless of the way your baby was delivered, new research assures.

    Sexual enjoyment isn't affected at all by method of delivery in the years following childbirth, according to a study involving the mothers of more than 14,000 babies bor...

    Taking a Shot at Pain Relief After Knee Replacement

    Researchers may have found a new way to help ease the pain of knee replacement surgery: infusing morphine directly into the shin bone.

    The findings come from a recent study of 48 patients undergoing

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  • August 18, 2022
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  • When Removing a Big Kidney Stone, Get the Little Ones, Too

    Anyone who has suffered through a large, painful kidney stone wants to avoid a repeat episode. Now a new trial confirms one preventive strategy: removing small "silent" stones before they cause trouble.

    When people develop a kidney stone that is painful enough to require...

    Kids Getting Spinal Surgeries May Cut Back on Opioids

    Spinal surgery is painful, but fewer addictive opioid painkillers are needed now to help kids and teens manage it, a new study finds.

    A research team from Michigan Medicine found that scoliosis patients undergoing spinal fusion can be prescribed fewer opioids and still get adequate pain control after surgery.

    Dangerous A-Fib Can Follow Many Surgeries

    A potentially dangerous change in heart rhythm is common after surgeries that don't involve the heart, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

    Dr. Konstantinos Siontis and colleagues studied patients who had atrial fibrillation (a-fib) after a noncardiac surgical procedure. These patients represent about 13% ...

    Recent COVID Doesn't Seem to Raise Surgery Risks

    If a positive COVID test has forced you to postpone elective surgery, here's some good news.

    Once recovered from the virus, fully vaccinated patients have no greater odds for post-surgery complications than patients who were never infected, according to a

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  • July 21, 2022
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  • Overworked Anesthesiologists Can Put Surgical Patients at Risk

    Harried, overworked anesthesiologists could be raising hospital patients' risk of death and complications, a new study reports.

    It's not uncommon to have one anesthesiologist directing the anesthesia care for multiple surgeries at the same time, overseeing the work of lower-ranking anesthesia clinicians assi...

    Rehab: What to Expect After Your Knee Replacement

    Most people who have had a knee replacement would agree that the procedure brings relief from pain.

    And following a comprehensive rehabilitation plan can make recovery quicker and easier, and improve long-term mobility, according to doctors at Penn Medicine, in Pennsylvania.

    Typic...

    Repair or Reconstruction: What's Best for ACL Tears?

    Adults who tear a key ligament in the knee can fare well with a less extensive type of surgery, preliminary research suggests.

    The study involved patients treated for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a strong band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee joi...

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