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Health Tip:Preparing for Surgery

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- To prepare for a visit with your surgeon before an operation, it helps to have a list of questions and concerns ready. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests what to ask: What is the success rate of the operation? How many of these operations have you done successfully? What problems may occur with this surgery? What kind of pain or discomfort can I expect? What kind of anesthesia will ...

Patients, Doctors Often Differ About Scars After Surgery

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Current methods to assess scarring after surgery often lead to disagreements between doctors and patients, researchers say. Patients were more likely to be concerned about the depth of the scar, while doctors were more likely to give coloration and texture more weight, the study found. The investigators' review of 29 studies included nearly 4,500 patients, and found that ...

Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Various factors can increase a senior's chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn't one of them. A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty, mental impairment, depressive symptoms and smoking increased the risk for complications after surgery. Age did not. The researchers, from St. ...

Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Here's What Patients Chose

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds. Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they'd use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a team led by surgeon Dr. Marc Basson, of the University of North Dakota School ...

Is Surgery Riskier for Black Children?

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgery complications in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers found that black kids more often had risk factors that raised their odds of dying within 30 days of surgery. They were more likely, for example, to need blood transfusions or to be placed on ventilators to help them ...

Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers?

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 – Giving patients acetaminophen during surgery may reduce their risk of shivering when they wake up, according to a small study. Up to half of patients have shivers and chills when they regain consciousness after surgery. The cause is unknown, but may be linked to the body cooling down, according to the study authors. "Postoperative shivering is a frequent complication in ...

With Skin Cancer Surgery, Insurance Matters

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma – a dangerous form of skin cancer – but a patient's insurance could affect whether or not that cancer is quickly removed, new research suggests. After reviewing thousands of melanoma cases, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reported that patients with Medicaid were more ...

Does Healthy Skin Around Suspicious Moles Need Removal?

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – If you're having a suspicious mole removed, the doctor should consider removing about 2 millimeters of healthy skin from around the mole. Doing so could avoid the need for a second surgery if the mole turns out to be cancerous, according to a new report. In the study, researchers removed about 150 suspicious moles from nearly 140 men and women. All of them had at least 2 ...

U.S. Military Surgeons Helped More Than 6,000 Afghan Adults

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – In addition to their regular duties caring for U.S. armed forces in the region, American military surgeons provided humanitarian care to nearly 6,000 Afghan adult civilians over 11 years, a new study reports. Between January 2002 and March 2013, more than 9,400 surgical procedures were performed on 5,786 local civilians ages 15 and older at U.S. military treatment ...

Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study. That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast – a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Researchers surveyed more than ...

Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Unnecessary medical care is common in the United States, and a fear of malpractice seems to be a main driver for ordering unneeded tests and treatments, a new survey finds. Other factors include patient demand and doctors' desire to boost profits, the researchers said. "Unnecessary medical care is a leading driver of the higher health insurance premiums affecting every ...

Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Obese heart surgery patients spend more time in intensive care and take longer to recover than those who aren't obese, a new Canadian study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 5,400 patients who had heart surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Center between January 2006 and December 2013. Of those, 36 percent were obese. After heart surgery, obese patients were ...

'Nipple-Sparing' Mastectomies Don't Raise Odds of Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Surgeons performing mastectomies can offer a form of the procedure that allows women to retain the nipple for use in breast reconstruction. Now, a reassuring study finds that this type of mastectomy doesn't raise a woman's risk for breast cancer recurrence. "More women are requesting nipple-sparing mastectomy because of the superior cosmetic results. But doctors don't ...

McCain's Recovery Time After Surgery Uncertain, Experts Say

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – A pending pathology report will reveal the health risk posed by a blood clot that forced U.S. Sen. John McCain to undergo brain surgery last week, experts say. The future of the Affordable Care Act may rest on McCain's recovery and return to Congress. A Senate vote to repeal the ACA – often called Obamacare – was shelved after McCain, 80, underwent a minimally invasive ...

New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – A new microscope could help surgeons remove breast tumors completely, reducing the number of women who must undergo repeat surgeries to remove cancer cells that were missed the first time. The microscope, developed by scientists and engineers at the University of Washington, effectively scans tumors and examines cells in three dimensions in under 30 minutes, ...

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