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Progress in ultrasound-guided surgery may improve breast cancer treatment
American Institute of Physics via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When surgeons operate to remove a tumor, determining exactly where to cut can be tricky. Ideally, the entire tumor should be removed while leaving a continuous layer of healthy tissue, but current techniques for locating the tumors during surgery are imprecise. Now a multidisciplinary team from the University of California, San Diego, is developing an alternate means of precisely tagging breast cancer tumors for removal or targeted destruction. More

Study: Fewer orthopedic surgeons accepting pediatric Medicaid patients
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Compared to six years ago, the number of orthopedic surgeons willing to see a child with a broken arm who is covered by Medicaid has dropped 39 percent, and even children with private insurance may face obstacles in getting a timely appointment, according to research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. More

Study: GI lymph node retrieval falls short of recommended guidelines
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Surgeons remove more lymph nodes than ever before during surgery for gastrointestinal cancer, but lymph node retrieval still falls far short of recommended guidelines for most types of cancers, according to a recent study. More

Surgery center influences outcomes in spinal surgery
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Choice of surgery center affects patient outcomes following surgery for lumbar stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis, according to research published in Spine. More

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Study: Magnet hospitals have fewer surgical deaths
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Although high nursing standards have long been associated with better patient care, a new study in the journal Medical Care finds that hospitals with "magnet" status have fewer surgical patient mortalities. More

Researchers: Use more preop needle biopsy in breast cancer
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The quality of breast cancer surgery improved when percutaneous needle biopsy was performed preoperatively, and the potential impact of this procedure on the quality of patient care as well as on healthcare costs is substantial, according to the results of a recent study. More

Mini-laparotomy effective in rectal cancer surgery
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Mini-laparotomy for rectal cancer results in similar outcomes to that of traditional laparotomy, show results from a Chinese center. Furthermore, the authors' findings suggest the technique could result in faster recovery and fewer complications. More

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Johnson & Johnson recalls surgical stapler devices
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Johnson & Johnson has recalled more than 157,000 surgical stapler devices and accessories used in hemorrhoids treatment procedures due to potential malfunctions that pose a serious safety risk. More

University pioneers innovative computer-assisted tumor surgery for bone cancer patients    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong pioneers an innovative technology — computer-assisted tumor surgery to overcome the disadvantages of the conventional approach of bone tumor surgery. More

Need surgery? You might have to get healthier first
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Hospitals are taking steps to improve the outcomes for patients undergoing surgery — starting with the crucial preoperative period that can make the difference between a successful procedure and a poor or even deadly result. Doctors are finding more evidence of the benefits of boosting a patient's health before surgery, and post-surgical complications are a major reason that patients end up back in the hospital. More

What if buying surgery was like buying a car?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Andy Grove has an interesting piece in Wired looking at how increased transparency revolutionized the experience of purchasing a car — and what that might mean for health-care markets. "In a transparent health care market," Grove argues, "pricing and other patient data can be consolidated and analyzed to yield new insights." In other words, patients might start questioning why they're paying $186,955 for an appendectomy when they know a doctor down the street performs the procedure for a fraction of the price. More

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