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Conserving surgery likely to mean another breast procedure
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About 1 in 5 women who have breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer may need a reoperation, English researchers found. Of these women, about 60 percent had another breast-conserving procedure, while about 40 percent had a mastectomy, Dr. David Cromwell of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London, and colleagues reported online in BMJ. More

CMS proposes cuts to specialists to fund primary care raises
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Medicare would reduce reimbursement for many types of specialists, including cardiologists, to fund sizable raises for primary care physicians in 2013, according to a proposed fee schedule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These reductions and raises are apart from the huge pay cut — now put at 27 percent — set for Jan. 1, 2013, that is triggered by Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and likely to be postponed by Congress. More


Deadline for the 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update is Aug. 30
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

If you are looking for a qualified Surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with Surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

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Study: Laser treatment improves appearance in burn scars
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In a collaboration among researchers at the University of Cincinnati, Shriners Hospitals for Children Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, burn and skin specialists have shown that use of a pulsed-dye laser tool improves the appearance, texture and elasticity of burn scars. More

Doctors perform lifesaving surgery on baby's grape-sized heart
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A desperately ill baby was saved by a world's first operation on her heart while it was just the size of a grape. Rheya Tooke was diagnosed with three deadly defects when she was only 10 days old. U.K. doctors said the 5-pound infant was too small to survive an operation on a hole in her heart, a vessel that leaked blood into her lungs and a malformed artery. But they feared she was too weak to live without it. More

New fixation technique cuts tacks needed in hernia repair
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Spanish surgeons have reported a new method of mesh fixation for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair that significantly reduces the number of tacks required and may diminish patients' postoperative pain. This new technique uses a combination of tacks and fibrin glue placed in a double-crown technique. More

Novel surgery at Packard Children's repairs boy's airway, voice box
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Noah Jackson was born without a voice. Because of a rare genetic disease, his airway was so narrow he couldn't cry at birth. In fact, he could scarcely breathe, and had surgery when he was 5 days old to implant a tracheostomy tube that let air pass through a hole in his throat. Cuddling their newborn, parents KC and Rebecca Jackson knew Noah's only hope for someday speaking and breathing normally lay in the possibility that his voice box could be surgically reconstructed later on. More

Pioneering plastic surgery records from World War I published
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Medical records detailing the pioneering plastic surgeries performed on wounded World War I soldiers have emerged and can now be viewed by veterans' families. More

'Toe-besity' surgery on the rise
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When patients seek out cosmetic surgery from New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, they're often looking to remove fat, but not from their bellies or thighs. Zong is a podiatrist, and one of his specialties is slimming down people's fat toes — "toe-besity," he calls it. He's been in practice for about a decade, and when he started, toe reshaping was unheard of. More

Barbecue brush bristle sends Washington man to hospital for emergency surgery
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A Washington man says he accidentally swallowed a steel bristle from a grill brush he used during a barbecue and needed emergency surgery to take it out. KING-TV reports that Adam Wojtanowicz went to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain that wouldn't go away even after taking medication. Doctors then found a metal bristle and performed emergency surgery to pull out the thin metal bristle from his intestinal tract. More

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