A representation of the proportion of prescribed opioid pain medication that surgical patients actually took, in a statewide study in Michigan. Prescription size was the main predictor of how many opioid pills patients took after surgery. Credit: University of Michigan Many surgeons write prescriptions for opioid pain medications four times larger than what their patients […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Patients with nasal airway obstruction have health utility values (HUVs) below the mean Australian norm, with improvement noted after open septorhinoplasty, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Richard Tjahjono, M.D., from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and colleagues conducted a prospective case series study at […]Continue Reading ...
When it comes to preventing blood clots after a knee replacement, good old aspirin may be just as effective as newer, more expensive drugs. Credit: Michigan Medicine/Manifest When it comes to preventing blood clots after a knee replacement, good old aspirin may be just as effective as newer, more expensive drugs. That swap could help […]Continue Reading ...
Although fairly common, management of an isolated lateral malleolus ankle fracture remains challenging for orthopaedic surgeons. A central question remains on determining whether surgery or a non-surgical approach is indicated for a particular patient. A lot rides on whether the ankle is stable or not. However, no clinical examination or imaging strategy stands out as […]Continue Reading ...
Mass shootings often trigger a sharp increase in blood donations for affected communities but more than 15 percent of the product intended to save lives could be discarded, according to a study released today in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, A typical blood donation takes two days to process but most blood […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—From 2005 through 2014, an estimated 14,178 metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) procedures were performed among pediatric patients aged 20 years and younger with severe obesity, according to a research letter published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Pediatrics. Cornelia L. Griggs, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined contemporary trends in the […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Physical therapy (PT) is non-inferior to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) for patients with nonobstructive meniscal tears, according to a study published in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Victor A. van de Graaf, M.D., from OLVG in Amsterdam, and colleagues examined whether PT is non-inferior to APM in a […]Continue Reading ...
In this 2016 photo provided by the University of Washington, Dr. Linda Vorvick examines Heather VanDusen at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Smokey Point clinic in Arlington, Wash. When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of […]Continue Reading ...
J. Alejandro Rauh-Hain, M.D. Credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center When comparing standard-of-care surgical options for women with early-stage cervical cancer, two studies led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discovered that minimally invasive radical hysterectomy is associated with higher recurrence rates and worse overall survival (OS), compared to abdominal radical […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Measuring the percentage of weight regained following the maximum amount of weight lost after bariatric surgery can help predict a patient’s risk of several serious health problems, according to a long-term, multicenter study led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The results, published today in JAMA, also […]Continue Reading ...
Men who have undergone bariatric surgery as a long-term way of losing weight might also benefit from increased testosterone levels post-surgery. However, there is no evidence that the sperm quality of a patient improves. These are the findings of a comprehensive review in the Springer journal Obesity Surgery, which is the official publication of the […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a new study, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have found that the gut microbiome appears to play a key role in how well the body accepts a transplanted heart. The scientists found a causal relationship between the presence of certain microbes and transplant outcome. The […]Continue Reading ...
Monitoring EEG readings during surgery can allow anesthesiologists to better track patients’ level of consciousness. Credit: Emery Brown People sometimes mistakenly think of general anesthesia as just a really deep sleep but in fact, anesthesia is really four brain states—unconsciousness, amnesia, immobility and suppression of the body’s damage sensing response, or “nociception.” In a new […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—An “enhanced recovery after surgery” (ERAS) program is associated with a significant reduction in opioid consumption after gynecologic surgery with no increase in pain scores, according to a study published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Larissa A. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and […]Continue Reading ...
Professor Pietro Ghezzi, RM Phillips Chair in Experimental Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Credit: Brighton and Sussex Medical School Research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) has found that websites by cosmetic surgery providers offer incomplete information to perspective patients. A study performed by Laura Manley, a fourth year medical student, […]Continue Reading ...
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