One-fifth of US surgeons still overusing riskier procedure to create kidney dialysis access

Long-term hemodialysis is a lifesaver for approximately half a million patients in the United States with kidney failure (also known as end-stage renal disease, or ESRD) who are either waiting on or unsuitable for a kidney transplant. But before the external machinery can take over the function of the kidneys—filtering and cleansing wastes from the blood—a minor surgical procedure is […]

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Surgeons remove man's 61-pound neck tumor in marathon operation

Man gets 61-pound tumor removed in 33-hour marathon surgery Surgeons in Shanghai remove a 61-pound tumor from a man’s neck and upper back in a 33-hour marathon surgery. A 68-year-old man in China reportedly underwent life-changing surgery to remove a 61-pound cancerous tumor from his neck and upper back earlier this month. The patient, identified as Mr. Tang, had reportedly had […]

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Women went into septic shock after ‘routine’ surgery

Hotel worker, 35, reveals she went into septic shock after bile ‘ate away her organs’ when surgeons accidentally snagged her intestine during a ‘routine’ operation Bonnie Judge had surgery to clear a blockage in her bowel in September 2018 Her inflamed colon caused doctors to accidentally puncture her intestine Spent several days recovering in a coma and woke with a […]

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Surgeons carry out spine surgery in the womb

In a United Kingdom first, a team of specialists from University College London (UCL), University College London Hospitals (UCLH), and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) performed surgeries on two different babies with spina bifida while they were still in their mothers’ wombs. The specialists conducted the two surgeries over the summer and now report that both mothers and both babies […]

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