Patients waiting for surgery are given warnings over cancellations

Public waiting-list patients who are scheduled for surgery in the coming months have been warned they risk having the operation cancelled as the trolley crisis worsens. The warning from surgeon Kenneth Mealy, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), comes as patients in hospital emergency departments endured another day of intense overcrowding yesterday, with 525 waiting on […]

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Studies Warn Against Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer

Two new studies revealed bad news about minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer, a widely used procedure performed through small slits in the abdomen instead of a big incision. Compared with the older, open abdominal operation, the minimally invasive approach was more likely to result in recurrence of the cancer and death, researchers found, in the first study that rigorously […]

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Gastric bypass surgery associated with greater weight loss in adults

Adults with severe obesity had greater initial and sustained weight loss with gastric bypass surgery than either sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric banding, according to a new study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. This is the largest long-term study of bariatric surgery to date. It included more than 46,000 patients at 41 participating health systems in 11 […]

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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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