Credit: CC0 Public Domain Surgical mesh implants, often used for hernia or gynecological repair, may be the reason so many patients report symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, according to a University of Alberta rheumatologist. “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such […]Continue Reading ...
To curb the use of opioids after major elective operations and prevent these pain relievers from falling into the wrong hands, surgeons at the University of Michigan developed prescribing recommendations based on published medical evidence for one operation, gall bladder removal, and then discovered a spillover effect that led them to prescribe roughly 10,000 fewer […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Ficebo Group In a landmark study published this week in the BMJ, Finnish researchers showed that one of the most common surgical procedures in the Western world is probably unnecessary. Keyhole surgeries of the shoulder are useless for patients with shoulder impingement, the most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain. The Finnish Shoulder […]Continue Reading ...
A new analysis published in the British Journal of Surgery indicates that weight loss surgery may affect an individual’s risk of developing cancer. This national population-based cohort study used data from the Hospital Episode Statistics database in England collected between 1997 and 2012. A total of 8794 obese patients who underwent gastric bypass, gastric banding, […]Continue Reading ...
Young pitchers who exceed pitch count limits are more prone to elbow injuries, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. Season statistics of players were compared relative to pitch count limits established by the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine. “Our research focused on […]Continue Reading ...
Visual abstract Credit: Rogel Cancer Center For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, genetic testing can offer important information that might guide treatment choices. But studies have shown that only about half of women who could benefit receive genetic testing. A new study finds that surgeons are a key influence. “The surge of genetic testing […]Continue Reading ...
In adults, tibia (shinbone) fractures are usually fixed through the surgical implantation of a slender metal rod called an intramedullary nail in the hollow space within the bone. This treatment is generally effective for tibial fractures. However, in 10% to 15% of cases the bone fails to heal in a timely manner, resulting in a […]Continue Reading ...
Administration of nitric oxide gas during and for 24 hours following heart surgery decreased the risk of patients developing acute and chronic kidney problems, a randomized, controlled trial conducted in China found. Credit: ATS Administration of nitric oxide gas during and for 24 hours following heart surgery decreased the risk of patients developing acute and […]Continue Reading ...
In a new essay, Hopkins surgeons consider the multiple ethical concerns in selecting patients with certain risk factors for surgery. Credit: iStock In an essay published July 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ira Leeds, M.D., research fellow, and David Efron, M.D., professor of surgery, both of the Johns Hopkins University School of […]Continue Reading ...
Jason Sperry, M.D., UPMC trauma surgeon, holds a bag of plasma. Dr. Perry led a clinical trial that determined that two units of blood plasma given to trauma patients on a medical helicopter boosts their odds of survival by 10 percent. Credit: Tim Betler/UPMC Two units of plasma given in a medical helicopter on the […]Continue Reading ...
The use of ciprofloxacin and other antibiotics of the class of fluoroquinolones may be associated with disruption of the normal functions of connective tissue, including tendon rupture, tendonitis and retinal detachment. These observations reported in a number of journals resulted in the drugs currently having a black box warning physicians and patients of the potential […]Continue Reading ...
Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chair of urology and director of robotic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Credit: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ has found that […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The presence of certain antibodies in patients may suggest a higher risk of transplant rejection across multiple organ types, including the kidney, liver, heart and lungs, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. “The field of transplantation will benefit from this study by being able to better determine the […]Continue Reading ...
Robot-assisted eye surgery: Professor Robert MacLaren steers the robot in its first live operation. Credit: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Researchers from the University of Oxford have completed the first successful trial of robot-assisted retinal surgery. The trial, supported by the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, took place at Oxford’s […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Portable music player (PMP) use may be associated with high-frequency hearing loss in children, according to a study published online June 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Carlijn M.P. le Clercq, M.D., from the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study within an ongoing prospective birth cohort study. […]Continue Reading ...
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