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The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. The procedures are: partial removal of the large or small intestine; surgery to repair a bleeding or torn ulcer; separating abdominal organs that have adhered to each other; appendix removal; gall bladder removal; and open-abdominal surgery. Researchers found these operations also account for 80 percent of complications from emergency general surgery, a specialty that focuses primarily on abdominal health problems. "Our gastrointestinal tract is just so specialized and so critical to our existence. We think it's easy to operate on, but then in practice it's very difficult for patients," said senior author Dr. Joaquim Havens, an instructor in trauma and emergency surgery at Brigham ... Read more

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Antibiotics May Not Help After 'Complicated' Appendectomy

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Antibiotics may not reduce the risk of infections in patients who undergo what's known as a "complicated" appendix removal, a new study finds. "The traditional teaching is that all patients with complicated appendicitis receive post-operative antibiotics to reduce the risk of wound infection or deep organ space infection," study lead author Dennis Kim, of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, explained in an institute news release. But is that advisory warranted? To find out, Kim's team tracked five-year outcomes for 410 patients. All of the patients had complicated appendectomies, meaning that their appendix was found to be perforated or gangrenous. About two-thirds of the patients received antibiotics after surgery. Those who received antibiotics had no fewer infections, Kim's team said, and they stayed in hospital an average of one day longer than ... Read more

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Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they're readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, a new study finds. University of Utah researchers reviewed information on millions of Medicare patients who underwent one of 12 major surgical procedures between 2001 and 2011. They found that up to one-fifth of the patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days due to complications. Up to 83 percent of patients with complications were readmitted to the same hospital where they had their initial surgery. Overall, readmission to the same hospital was associated with a 26 percent lower risk of death within 90 days, the study revealed. For specific types of surgeries, the risk of death associated with readmission to the same hospital ranged from 44 percent lower for ... Read more

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Appendicitis Can Often Be Treated With Antibiotics

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy. "For more than a century, appendectomy has been the standard treatment," said the study's lead author Dr. Paulina Salminen, of Turku University Hospital in Finland. But about 80 percent of patients with an inflamed appendix, commonly called appendicitis, don't need to have their appendix surgically removed, and those who ultimately do need the surgery aren't hurt by waiting, according to Salminen. She thinks that this and other studies will change how appendicitis is treated. "Now we know that only a small proportion of appendicitis patients need an emergency operation," Salminen said. However, there are two types of appendicitis – one that ... Read more

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Doctors Can Cut Back on Antibiotics After Abdominal Surgery: Study

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – The length of antibiotic treatment for abdominal infections can be cut in half and still be equally effective, a new study suggests. Doing so could help efforts to battle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. The study – led by researchers at the University of Virginia – included more than 500 patients in the United States and Canada with abdominal infections. First, the source of the infection was treated, such as the removal of an inflamed appendix. After surgery, half of the patients took antibiotics for eight days. The other half took antibiotics for only four days. Outcomes in both groups were similar, the study found. "It's important for physicians to realize the most important aspect of the management of these patients is controlling the source of infection," Dr. Robert Sawyer, from the departments of surgery and ... Read more

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Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 – Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds. If an infected appendix isn't removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, sometimes fatal infection, according to background information from the study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,000 children younger than 18 who were diagnosed with appendicitis at surgical centers in North Carolina between 2007 and 2009. Nearly one in four of the youngsters later suffered a ruptured appendix. The risk of ruptured appendix was 1.7 times higher among patients who were transferred to another hospital, and 1.4 times higher among those who came from areas with a severe shortage of general surgeons, fewer than three for every 100,000 people. Young appendicitis ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recovering From Appendectomy

Posted 5 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Appendectomy is often required to remove an inflamed or infected appendix. Taking time to recover properly can help you get on your feet faster. Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests how to recover from an appendectomy: Make sure you keep the incision dry and clean, and follow your doctor's instructions for bathing. If you have staples or stitches, they will be removed during a follow-up visit with the doctor. If you have adhesive strips, keep them clean and dry. In a few days, they're designed to fall off. Take care when standing for long periods, as this may make your incision and abdominal muscles ache. Take a pain reliever recommended by your doctor, and while you should engage in light walking and movement, avoid strenuous activity. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Codeine Use in Certain Children After Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy: Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Rare, But Life-Threatening Adverse Events or Death

Posted 15 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The FDA is reviewing reports of children who developed serious adverse effects or died after taking codeine for pain relief after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Recently, three pediatric deaths and one non-fatal but life-threatening case of respiratory depression were documented in the medical literature. These children (ages two to five) had evidence of an inherited (genetic) ability to convert codeine into life-threatening or fatal amounts of morphine in the body. All children had received doses of codeine that were within the typical dose range. BACKGROUND: When codeine is ingested, it is converted to morphine in the liver by an enzyme called cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6). Some people have DNA variations that make this enzyme more active, causing codeine to be converted to morphine faster and more completely than in other people. These ... Read more

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Kids With Perforated Appendix May Benefit From Early Surgery

Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 21 – Early appendectomy is better for children with a perforated appendix than postponing the surgery, a new study finds. The two commonly used surgical options for children with a perforated appendix are early appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix within 24 hours of hospitalization) and what's known as "interval" appendectomy (surgery six to eight weeks after the initial diagnosis). It had been assumed that postponing surgery would allow contamination in the abdominal cavity to resolve, reducing the likelihood of infection. But this study found that early appendectomy was linked to fewer adverse events, such as surgical site infection, intra-abdominal abscess, and unplanned readmission to hospital. There could also be an added benefit for parents and kids from operating early. "We found that those treated with early appendectomy return to normal activities an ... Read more

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