April 22, 2014: Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone
Saying no to surgery, radiation tied to better outcomes in study of abnormal brain connections

April 18, 2014: Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery
Sense of smell also altered for some patients in British study

April 17, 2014: FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids
'Laparoscopic power morcellation' may increase women's cancer risk, agency says

April 16, 2014: Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant
Technique allows withdrawal of anti-rejection drugs after a year

April 16, 2014: Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling
The 17-day treatment prevented blood vessel clogging that could threaten reconnection, surgeons say

April 11, 2014: After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear
Attached by implanted magnets, prosthetic ear helps Chicago patient feel 'normal' again

April 11, 2014: Lab-Grown Vaginas, Noses Herald New Options for Patients
Regenerative surgery takes a leap forward, two studies show

April 10, 2014: Age a Big Factor in Colon Surgery Complications, Study Finds
People over 80, especially, had greater need for post-op emergency care, researchers say

April 07, 2014: Complication Rate After Adult Tonsillectomy Higher Than Thought
Most common complaints: pain, bleeding, dehydration, study finds

April 03, 2014: Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected
Pain, fatigue may persist up to seven days after surgery, study shows

March 31, 2014: Aspirin May Not Protect Heart After Non-Cardiac Surgeries: Study
Just as many heart attacks, more serious bleeding seen if patients took aspirin around time of operation

March 31, 2014: More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps People With Diabetes
One-third of gastric-bypass patients kept type 2 diabetes under control without meds during three-year study

March 31, 2014: Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass
Common practice might instead cause harm, study finds

March 28, 2014: Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study
People who are obese and at risk for heart disease should consider surgery, researchers say

March 26, 2014: Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC
Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

March 19, 2014: Partial Skull Removal May Save Older Patients' Lives After Massive Stroke
But disability after surgery is often severe, study finds

March 18, 2014: Weight-Loss Surgery Might Help Mild Knee Pain
Small, early study of obese patients found improvement similar to knee replacement

March 18, 2014: Weight Loss May Boost Success of Joint-Replacement Surgery
But people who add pounds after getting new hip or knee have more pain, study finds

March 15, 2014: Knee Ligament Tears Don't Permanently Sideline Most College Football Players
Study of NCAA Division I athletes found majority returned to playing field

March 15, 2014: Knee Surgery May Put Kids at Higher Risk for Future Arthritis
Small study followed up on young people who underwent procedure to repair torn ligament

March 14, 2014: Key Questions to Ask Before Surgery
Weight loss, quitting smoking might reduce odds of complications, expert says

March 13, 2014: Pain Can Plague Women After Knee Replacement Surgery
Study also found that type of anesthesia and patient's weight play a role in levels of discomfort

March 12, 2014: Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study
But Canadian program wasn't voluntary and that may have affected results, researchers say

March 11, 2014: 2 Surgeries Work Equally Well for Female Incontinence, Study Finds
Doctors can choose the one they're more familiar with, expert says

March 11, 2014: 'Tommy John' Surgery Gets Major League Pitchers Back on the Mound
Study found most players returned to pro baseball, sometimes with better results

March 11, 2014: Hip Replacement Safe for Patients in Their 90s, Study Finds
Complication rates similar to patients in their 80s and younger, researchers say

March 11, 2014: New Knees, Hips May Also Help the Heart
Joint replacement might boost physical activity in arthritis patients, study author says

March 06, 2014: Surgery May Benefit Younger Prostate Cancer Patients
Study adds fodder to the operate vs. 'watch and wait' debate

February 28, 2014: Treatment Costs Vary for U.S. Children Born With Heart Defects
Study tied higher-cost hospitals to more surgical complications, longer patient stays

February 27, 2014: Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks
Study found 8 percent of those who did suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death

February 26, 2014: C-Section Birth May Raise Risk of Adult Obesity: Study
But the research doesn't prove cause-and-effect

February 26, 2014: Necks, Butts Growth Areas for U.S. Plastic Surgeons
More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013

February 25, 2014: Transfusions Risky During Certain Heart Procedures, Study Finds
Angioplasty patients run the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death, researchers say

February 24, 2014: Ovarian Cancer Gene May Point to Early Removal of Ovaries: Study
In particular, women with BRCA1 mutation should have surgery by age 35, researchers say

February 24, 2014: Many Patients Have Pain After Heart Surgery, Study Finds
40 percent suffered pain three months later, and 10 percent did after two years

February 20, 2014: Surge in Thyroid Cancer Cases May Be Due to Overdiagnoses: Study
Many might be getting unnecessary treatment for slow-growing disease, some experts say

February 20, 2014: Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles
They're 100 times stronger than human muscles and could be used in robots, researchers say

February 19, 2014: Prescription Eardrops Seem Best for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection: Study
Finds drops may be preferred remedy when special 'ear tubes' are needed

February 19, 2014: Ob/Gyn Groups Issue Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates
The two organizations say first-time mothers should be allowed more time in labor

February 19, 2014: Mesh for Hernia Repair Reduces Recurrence, Study Suggests
But the open surgery technique increases odds of complications, researchers find

February 18, 2014: Infections Rare in Outpatient Surgery Procedures, Study Finds
Researchers tracked infections occurring around the area of incision

February 18, 2014: Surgery Might Top Drugs as First Therapy for Irregular Heartbeat: Study
But safety issues may still make medications better choice for many patients, experts say

February 14, 2014: Ovary Removal Might Raise Odds for Bone Loss, Heart Disease
Doctors should assess overall risks in premenopausal women, study suggests

February 12, 2014: Lymph Node Test a Good Strategy for Melanoma: Study
Disease spread was detected and treated sooner, with better survival in patients who received 'sentinel node' biopsy

February 12, 2014: Double Mastectomy May Benefit Some Women With Inherited Breast Cancer
Study found procedure might cut risk of death in half for those with certain genetic mutations

February 11, 2014: Experimental Eyewear Helps Surgeons 'See' Cancer, Study Says
The hope is the new technology will reduce the need for follow-up surgeries

February 07, 2014: 'House' TV Series Leads to Real-Life Diagnosis
Doctors realized patient's mysterious symptoms resembled those of a character on the medical drama

February 06, 2014: Kidney Injury During Surgery Tied to Risk of Heart Problems
Study from Taiwan followed thousands of post-op patients

February 06, 2014: Voice Changes May Follow 'Nose Job' in Some Patients
Small study from Iran didn't find speech problems, however

February 05, 2014: New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn
Study finds sleeve gastrectomy often doesn't relieve acid reflux, and sometimes makes it worse