Thyroid Surgery Complications Can Land Some Back in the Hospital

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 — Surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid can trigger side effects that send some patients back to the hospital, a new study finds. These side effects include tingling in the fingers that can become tremors and spasms in all muscles of the body — including the heart and muscles surrounding the lungs. “The […]

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Surgery center possibly exposed thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis

More than 3,000 patients of a surgery center in Bergen County, New Jersey, may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and the HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook. A letter from the HealthPlus Surgery Center was sent out this month notifying patients who had a […]

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Elyse Knowles Shares Graphic Pictures After Eye Surgery

Model and TV star Elyse Knowles has shared graphic images of her recovery after having surgery to remove a growth on her left eye. The 26-year-old took to her Instagram stories to share the up-close videos of her “freaky” eyeball and spoke about undergoing the procedure.  “I had a growth taken off my eyeball yesterday,” she said while showing her bloodshot eye. […]

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High cost of re-operation after breast-conserving surgery

A small number of women require re-operation after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for breast cancer, if the surgical margins are not free from cancer. A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis reveals the expense of re-operation. If re-operation rates can be minimized, there may be considerable efficiency savings. Using data from relevant published studies, the authors found the median hospital […]

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Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are leading the team that is developing the gel, which comes in the form of a sprayable solution. Their aim is that one day, surgeons will be able to spray the solution onto sites of tumor removal directly after surgery. The solution, which quickly forms a biodegradable gel, contains nanoparticles laden […]

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Multicenter study supports safety of overlapping orthopaedic surgery

For patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery, the use of “overlapping” procedures – where the attending surgeon is simultaneously involved in two different surgeries in different operating rooms—does not lead to an increased risk of complications, reports a study in the November 21, 2018 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. According to this analysis of thousands of cases from […]

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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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