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Smokers May Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers for Surgery May 29, 2015

Study finds effect seems to extend to people exposed to secondhand smoke, too

Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study May 27, 2015

But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

Chemo Before Surgery May Boost Outcomes for Advanced Ovarian Cancer May 20, 2015

Shrinking the tumor beforehand seems to raise quality of life without shortening survival, study finds

Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study May 18, 2015

Complications more likely to arise with surgical delay

Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study May 15, 2015

Although former smokers also have higher odds of trouble, quitting does help

Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine for Kids Facing Surgery May 15, 2015

Study found real psychological benefits for kids, plus lower medical bills

Botox: An Rx for Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery? May 14, 2015

Preliminary trial found the drug effective against potentially fatal atrial fibrillation

Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery May 14, 2015

Study found not putting young patients to sleep tied to fewer breathing problems afterwards

Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study May 14, 2015

Although ban was lifted on such surgeries in 2013, none has taken place, researchers say

Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study May 13, 2015

Complications, death rates roughly the same as for non-pregnant women

'Wiser' Surgeries for Those With Terminal Cancers May 11, 2015

Surgeons are focusing on life-enhancing procedures for patients, study finds

Why Do More Women Than Men Have Weight-Loss Surgery? May 06, 2015

Women may possess greater overall awareness of the risks posed by obesity, study finds

Obesity Tied to Risk of Complications After Plastic Surgery May 04, 2015

Study findings suggest these patients might need more thorough care before and after procedure

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy as Good as Full Breast Removal: Study May 01, 2015

No differences in survival or recurrence in women who chose to keep nipple, researcher says

Raplixa Approved to Control Surgical Bleeding May 01, 2015

Spray-dried product promotes clotting when other methods are 'ineffective or impractical'

Breast Reconstruction Often Involves Multiple Operations April 30, 2015

Study finds most breast cancer patients will need two or more procedures to complete process

Where You're Treated for Heart Attack Matters April 30, 2015

Study finds survival difference of about one year between high- and low-performing hospitals

Whole Blood Best for Youngest Heart Surgery Patients: Study April 30, 2015

Exposure to fewer donors may reduce lifelong risks

Better Diabetes Blood Sugar Management Leads to Fewer Eye Surgeries April 29, 2015

Intensive therapy cut risk of needing a procedure in half, researchers report

3D 'Printout' Device Keeps Very Ill Babies Breathing April 29, 2015

Flexible implant adapts with child's growth, researchers say

Ex-Baseball Star Kirk Gibson Has Parkinson's Disease April 28, 2015

The movement disorder often leads to trembling, slowed movement, poor balance and coordination

Late-Life Transition Like Bruce Jenner's Full of Challenges, Rewards, Experts Say April 24, 2015

People with issues involving gender identity may struggle for years before taking action

Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal April 23, 2015

Better pre-surgical chemotherapy means more of the breast can safely be saved, researchers say

Ovary Removal Reduces Breast Cancer Death in BRCA1 Carriers: Study April 23, 2015

The sooner, the better, researchers found

Income May Affect Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery April 20, 2015

Study also finds education level, hospital linked to odds of death in month after operation

Americans Get Too Many Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds April 15, 2015

Costs for unnecessary blood work, urine tests and EKGs add up

Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds April 08, 2015

No difference in outcomes between use of fresher or older red cells, researchers report

1 in 5 Medicare Patients Faces Delay in Melanoma Surgery: Study April 08, 2015

Long waits can be anxiety-provoking

Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says April 07, 2015

Less risky treatment viable for older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

Are Heart Surgery Patients Losing Too Much Blood to Tests? April 07, 2015

Experts recommend limiting frequency of tests, using conservation measures

Leg Artery Procedure May Be Overused in Nursing Homes, Study Finds April 06, 2015

Many patients were immobile or dead a year later, but some benefited

Breast Cancer Surgery Now Often Involves Fewer Lymph Nodes April 03, 2015

2010 study led to a change in practice

Music Soothes Cats During Surgery April 02, 2015

Classical tunes seemed to relax felines the most, study says

Study Supports Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer April 01, 2015

Less-invasive procedure had survival rates similar to open surgery, with less pain and shorter hospital stays

Young People At Risk of Second Injury After Knee Surgery March 30, 2015

Study finds repeat problems common after early ACL repair

Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study March 30, 2015

Adding special procedure during operation loosened joint, reduced risk of re-tears

Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups March 27, 2015

Emergency visits, hospitalizations for airway disease dropped by half after procedure, study finds

In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee March 26, 2015

People do just as well with in-home physical therapy, study finds

Many May Be OK to Drive 2 Weeks After Getting New Hip: Study March 25, 2015

Advances in surgery, rehabilitation and pain management have hastened return to normal

Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers March 24, 2015

Only two-thirds return to major league play, and performance drops, study finds

Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene March 24, 2015

Disclosure that she had ovaries removed spotlights issues faced by women with BRCA mutations

New Blood Pump System Approved March 24, 2015

Maintains circulation during riskier cardiac surgery

More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced March 24, 2015

Over 10 years, rate of surgeries nearly doubled for those ages 45 to 64

Live Liver Transplants Seem Safe, Effective for Sudden Liver Failure March 19, 2015

And live donors do well after the procedure, study reports

Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care March 19, 2015

Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits

Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds March 16, 2015

They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit

Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm March 16, 2015

Researchers also report that procedure appears to increase the risk for stroke

Recovery From Bunion Surgery Faster Than in Past March 13, 2015

Experts note full recovery generally takes six weeks or less

Some Injured Kidneys May Be OK for Transplant, Study Finds March 12, 2015

For reasons that are unclear, certain organs even performed better 6 months after transplant

Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement March 10, 2015

Transcatheter procedure was designed for patients too frail for open heart surgery

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