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Study: Surgery may spur rise in heart deaths after cancer diagnosis
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research suggests that surgical procedures, not stress, may lead to the spike in heart-related deaths known to occur in the weeks after a cancer diagnosis. This new study theorizes that surgery involved in diagnosing and/or treating the cancer causes or contributes to the increased risk of heart-related deaths shortly after cancer is identified. More

Survey: Claims common in bariatrics, outcomes often favor surgeons
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One in every 2 bariatric surgeons will be hit with a medical malpractice claim during their career, a new study shows, but nearly 70 percent of those claims are dropped, dismissed or found in favor of the surgeon. "This survey indicates that malpractice claims are common events but lawsuits occur most frequently in cases where no negligence is found to have occurred," said study author Dr. Ramsey Dallal, director of bariatric surgery, Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. More

Vaccine fails to prevent infections in heart surgery
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A vaccine developed to prevent surgical wounds from infection with Staphylococcus aureus failed to provide benefit to patients, and may actually have increased mortality when compared with placebo, researchers said. More

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Cataract surgery may be safer with antibiotic injections
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Intracameral antibiotic injections decreased the risk for postoperative endophthalmitis after cataract surgery by 22-fold when compared with standard topical antibiotic drops in a new ecological time-trend study. The findings were published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. More

Intracranial tumors can be resected safely in elderly
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Elderly patients do not have poorer short-term outcomes after surgical resection of primary or metastatic intracranial tumors, after accounting for other risk factors, according to research published in Cancer. More

Mesh sling salvage surgery results mixed
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Even if salvage operations ease complications from unsuccessful mesh sling surgery, patients often are in worse condition than before their original surgery, according to a urologist. Dr. Jerry Blaivas of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, reviewed 47 cases in which he performed corrective surgery after at least one prior surgical attempt to correct mesh sling complications. More

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Intuitive Surgical procedure growth disappoints
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Intuitive Surgical Inc. lowered its full-year forecast for procedure growth after posting a disappointing growth rate of 22 percent for surgeries using its high-priced da Vinci robots in the third quarter. More

11 supply chain mistakes that cost surgery centers money
Becker's ASC Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supplies are one of the two biggest costs for surgery centers; the other is staffing. Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR, CASC, senior vice president of operations for ASCOA, says there are many supply chain areas where surgery centers could save more money. Here, she outlines 11 errors that ramp up supply prices and create inefficiencies in ASCs. More

3-D technology boosts project to aid heart surgery
Arizona State University via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Efforts to improve preparation for heart surgery are the focus of a collaboration of Arizona State University biomedical engineering researchers and physicians at Phoenix Children's Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. More

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