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Treating and Preventing Lymphedema

High tech tool helps identify breast cancer patients at risk for common surgery side effect.

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Preventing Knee Replacement Surgery

A brisk walk each day lowers the risk of knee replacement surgery in patients with knee arthritis.

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Surgery Helps Tough-to-Treat Acid Reflux

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that doesn't respond to the usual treatments, a complex surgery may help, a new study finds.

In carefully selected patients, the surgery provided much more relief than two different types of medication treatment -- 67% for surgery compared to 28% for "active" drug treatment and ...

Next-Gen Artificial Pancreas Boosts Blood Sugar Control

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The latest version of the so-called artificial pancreas system helped people with type 1 diabetes gain even better control of their blood sugar levels than current technology does, a new study reports.

The device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor and a computer algorithm. The system measures blood sugar levels and deli...

Gender Reassignment Surgery Does Bring Mental Health Benefits

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender men and women who undergo gender reassignment surgery are much less likely to need mental health services later, new research suggests.

The researchers, Richard Branstrom and John Pachankis of the Yale School of Public Health, said the finding "lends support to the decision to provide gender-affirming surgeries to transgender indiv...

Is Partial Hip Replacement Often the Better Option?

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In recent years, the number of U.S. adults getting total hip replacements -- meaning both a new ball and joint socket -- following a hip fracture has soared to an estimated 500,000 annually.

That's nearly three times the rate at which these adults undergo a partial hip replacement, which only replaces the ball of the hip joint.

But...

Radiation Right After Surgery Might Not Help Prostate Cancer Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In the largest investigation of its kind, researchers conclude that subjecting prostate cancer patients to radiation therapy immediately after surgery doesn't give them an advantage in staying cancer-free.

The finding stems from a review of four studies that together tracked outcomes for more than 3,500 prostate cancer patients from multiple ...

Hysterectomy Procedure Tied to Worse Cancer Outcomes

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women who must have their uterus removed should be wary of a procedure called uncontained uterine power morcellation, Yale University researchers warn.

This once common surgical option for hysterectomy or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) has been linked to worse outcomes for patients with undiagnosed uterine cancer at the time of su...

Opioid Prescriptions for Eye Surgery Patients Surge

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though eye surgery has gotten easier for patients, the percentage who filled an opioid prescription after an eye operation tripled between 2000 and 2014, a new study reports.

"This really is surprising, given that there have been tremendous strides in the past decade to reduce the invasiveness and recovery time for these procedures," said s...

Hysterectomy Tied to Depression, Anxiety

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a hysterectomy can be a traumatic experience, and new research now shows it may also increase the long-term risk for depression and anxiety.

"Our study shows that removing the uterus may have more effect on physical and mental health than previously thought," said senior author Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, an ob-gyn at the Mayo Clini...

After Heart Attack, Stenting More Than the Blocked Artery May Be Best

SUNDAY, Sept. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Opening all of a person's clogged arteries after a heart attack can protect their health better than reopening only the one that caused it, a major international clinical trial has concluded.

Opening all blockages and not just the "culprit" behind the attack reduces a patient's risk of dying or having another heart ...

Prior Pregnancies May Affect Your Tummy Tuck

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The success of your tummy tuck may depend on whether you've borne children, a new study suggests.

Pregnancy-related widening and thinning of the belly muscles may reduce the effectiveness of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, researchers found. This is especially true in women who've had multiple pregnancies.

But Dr. Gregory Duman...

For Seniors, 'Silent Strokes' Are Common Post-Surgery Threat: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Silent strokes are common in seniors who have had surgery, and may double their risk of mental decline within a year, a Canadian study reports.

While an obvious (or "overt") stroke often causes symptoms such as weakness in an arm or speech problems, a silent (or "covert") stroke is apparent only on brain scans.

The new study included...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated for Pancreatic Cancer

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just finished treatment for pancreatic cancer, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday.

After the tumor was first diagnosed in late July, Ginsburg was given a three-week course of focused radiation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the court said in a statement. A bile duct stent was pl...

Wintertime Smog Tied to Rise in Heart Procedures

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in smoggy air, especially in the colder months, may be especially taxing for the heart, new research out of Europe suggests.

Polish researchers found that high levels of air pollution were tied to spikes in procedures to open blocked heart arteries. This was especially apparent in winter, when pollution levels were highest, a new stu...

Large Opioid Rx After Heart, Lung Surgery Often Leads to Misuse: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more opioid painkillers that heart and lung surgery patients are prescribed, the more likely they are to become dependent on them, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed insurance claims from more than 24,500 Medicare patients who had heart or lung surgery between 2009 and 2015. Those patients filled an opioid prescription between 30 da...

Fewer Opioid Painkillers Can Still Control Surgery Pain

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery patients can routinely be prescribed fewer opioid pills -- even just a handful -- without sacrificing their pain relief.

That's what doctors at hospitals in Michigan are reporting after analyzing a statewide effort to curb post-surgery opioid use.

In the months after new guidelines went into place, the number of opioid pil...

One Man's False Teeth Got 'Lost' in His Throat After Surgery

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scheduled for surgery? Don't forget to take your dentures out.

According to a new report, one 72-year-old man who had abdominal surgery in England swallowed his dentures during the procedure.

They got stuck in his throat -- and were only discovered eight days later.

The initial surgery was to remove a harmless lump in the...

Can Major Surgeries Cause a Long-Term 'Brain Drain'?

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before any surgery, you typically hear warnings about risks like bleeding and infection, but new research suggests that problems with thinking or memory can often follow a major procedure.

The study found that people who had surgery had an increased risk of a small, long-term decline in cognitive function years later. Cognitive function is y...

Kids Getting Too Many Opioids After Tonsillectomy

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Amid a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, a new study finds that even children are being prescribed powerful opioid painkillers after having their tonsils removed.

The trend is happening despite a lack of evidence that opioids (such as OxyContin) are the best option for post-op pain or complications, the researchers said.

"Our study su...

New DNA Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the DNA from a patient's breast tumor help doctors spot whether stray cancer cells are still in her blood?

That's what a small, new study suggests is possible. If the findings are replicated in a larger study, such a test might help determine whether a treatment is working or not. It also has the potential to reduce unnecessary additio...

Finances Affect Women's Choice of Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cost often influences breast cancer patients' decisions about surgery, even if they have good incomes and insurance, a new study finds.

"Eligible women with early-stage breast cancer often have choices for surgical treatments that are equally effective and result in excellent cancer outcomes," said lead study author Dr. Rachel Greenup. She is a...

Clogged Leg Arteries May Not Require Invasive Surgery

TUESDAY, July 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Less invasive treatment of severely clogged leg arteries appears to be as effective as open surgery, according to a new study.

Researchers followed patients with critical limb ischemia, which is the most severe form of clogged leg arteries. It can lead to slow healing of leg wounds, gangrene and amputation.

"Critical limb ischemia i...

Where Is Your Risk of Dying Greatest After Surgery?

MONDAY, July 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have noncardiac surgery are much more likely to die after they leave the hospital than in the operating room, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 40,000 adults, age 45 and older, who were operated on at 28 centers in 14 countries in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Of tho...

Surgery Not a Relapse Risk for MS Patients

FRIDAY, July 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is safe for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study finds.

"The idea that patients with MS might be at an increased risk of relapse following surgery isn't necessarily the case, so we need to be careful delaying important surgeries," said study first author Dr. Lindsey De Lott. She is an assistant professor of neurology at the...

Plastic Surgery Pays Off for Men

MONDAY, July 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Plastic surgery is no longer the sole domain of women, and men now have even more incentive to try a little nip-and-tuck on their faces: New research suggests they look more attractive and trustworthy to others.

The study included 24 men, average age 49 years, who had one or more of the following procedures: upper eyelid lift, reduction of low...

Music Soothes the Stressed Soul Before Surgery

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Music may be as powerful as drugs in calming patients before they undergo surgery, new research suggests.

It worked just as well as a tranquilizer before patients received a peripheral nerve block prior to their procedure, the researchers said. Peripheral nerve block numbs a specific area of the body where surgery is being done.

Man...

Tongue, Lip Snip Surgeries May Be Overused in U.S. Newborns

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Too many American newborns may be undergoing unnecessary tongue and lip surgeries to improve their ability to breastfeed, a new study finds.

These minor "tether release" or frenotomy surgeries involve a snip, using either sterile scissors or a laser, to loosen the frenulum. That's the thin band of tissue that connects a baby's tongue to the ...

Surgeons Give 13 Paralyzed Adults Hand, Arm Movement

FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thirteen paralyzed young adults have regained elbow and hand movement after undergoing complex surgery in Australia, surgeons report.

The patients now brush their hair and teeth, feed themselves and put on makeup -- tasks that were impossible before the "nerve transfer" surgery, the doctors report in the July 4 issue of The Lancet medica...

Surgery Helps Babies Missing a Heart Chamber Survive, But Problems Linger

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When babies are born without one heart chamber, a special surgery can save their lives. But a new study shows that these patients face lifelong health issues that require special care.

Still, a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement says, they can have rich and fulfilling lives.

A normal heart has two lower chambe...

'Unprofessional' Surgeons Hurt Patient Outcomes: Study

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before having that operation, you might want to ask your surgeon's colleagues about his behavior.

A new study finds that patients whose surgeons have more complaints from coworkers about unprofessional conduct are at increased risk for complications during and after surgery.

Researchers examined data on more than 13,500 adult patie...

The Safer Way to Ease Post-Surgical Pain

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For people recovering from surgery or dealing with a painful injury, an expert suggests that there are a number of safer alternatives for managing pain than using potentially addictive opioids.

"Today, more than ever before, we have a host of other methods that can effectively lessen pain," Dr. James Grant, chair of the department of anest...

Another Climate Change Threat: More 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria?

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A flesh-eating bacteria has migrated into the Delaware Bay between Delaware and New Jersey, drawn north by the warmer waters of climate change, doctors say.

Five cases of infection with Vibrio vulnificus occurred in 2017 and 2018 along the Delaware Bay, compared to one infection with the devastating bacteria in the eight years prior, r...

'Daddy-Do-Overs': Men Increasingly Getting Plastic Surgery

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A face-lift for Father's Day, anyone?

It could happen: A new report finds many more men are taking advantage of the same plastic surgeries that have long been associated with women.

The midlife decision by men to try a face-lift or other procedure has been nicknamed the "Daddy-Do-Over" -- referencing the "Mommy Makeover" for women.

Patient Catches on Fire During Heart Surgery

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having emergency heart surgery is always risky, but a new case report reveals an unexpected danger: A flash fire ignited a man's chest during such a procedure.

A 60-year-old man underwent lifesaving heart surgery for a torn aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart.

The patient had chronic obstructive pulmonary di...

Many Patients Don't Need Opioids After Surgery

MONDAY, June 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The opioid epidemic has been fueled in part by the overprescribing of painkillers. But a new study finds that up to half of patients may not actually need the addictive pills following a surgery.

The finding could be a game-changer for post-op care, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Englesbe.

"We think a fundamental root cause of the o...

A Less Invasive Fix Works Well for Abdominal Aneurysm

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bulges (aneurysms) in the abdominal aorta can pose real danger, but research suggests a less invasive method may be as good a fix for the problem as traditional surgery.

The less invasive procedure is called endovascular repair. There are a number of short-term benefits to this less invasive fix, such as shorter hospital stays and faster reco...

Face Transplants Improve Lives Years Later

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not so long ago, face transplants were considered futuristic medicine, but a new report shows these patients are better off years after their groundbreaking operations.

Six people who received full or partial face transplants have since had significant restoration of feeling and movement, along with an improved quality of life, surgeons say....

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cysts May Prevent Dreaded Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies, so a new study appears to offer some good news: Early removal of a certain type of precancerous pancreatic cyst may prevent the disease in some people.

These cysts -- called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms -- can cause enlargement of the main pancreatic duct. This duct is norma...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Work Even Better During Teen Years

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The earlier you have weight-loss surgery, the better, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that weight-loss surgery is more effective in reversing diabetes and high blood pressure in teens than in adults, which suggests it would be better for severely obese teens not to wait until adulthood to have the procedure.

For the study, i...

Former President Jimmy Carter Leaves Hospital After Surgery for Broken Hip

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Former President Jimmy Carter has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home from surgery for a broken hip.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter also had a health scare yesterday. According to a tweet from the Carter Center, she "felt faint and was admitted overnight to the hospital for observation and testing. She left the h...

Quantity, Not Type of Opioid Matters for Post-Op Dependency

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States struggles with a painkiller-abuse epidemic, researchers have found that it's the quantity of opioids prescribed after orthopedic surgery, not the type of opioid, that corresponds with long-term use.

"One of the frequent myths we encounter among clinicians is that some types of opioids, such as hydromorphone, are more dange...

Former President Jimmy Carter Breaks Hip, Has Surgery

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery for a broken hip after taking a fall at his home in Plains, Ga.

Carter, 94, is the oldest living former U.S. president. In a statement, his office said that he underwent the hip surgery at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., with his wife, Rosalynn, nearby, The New York Time...

Does Removing Your Appendix Put You at Risk for Parkinson's?

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a connection few have probably considered, but new research suggests that having your appendix removed may up your risk for Parkinson's disease down the road.

The finding follows an analysis that examined health records for roughly 62 million patients. Of these, about 488,000 had an appendectomy. Among those who had the surgery, just unde...

Device Spots Lymphedema Early in Breast Cancer Patients, to Help Stop It

THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An easy-to-use, noninvasive device can detect early signs of the cancer complication known as lymphedema, a new study reports.

Lymphedema is the buildup of fluid in the body's tissues when a part of the lymph system is damaged, as can happen in cancer care, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The fluid causes swelli...

Study Supports Radiation for Early, Hormone-Driven Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women with hormone-driven breast cancer, adding radiation to hormone therapy might keep their cancer from coming back for up to a decade, a new study finds.

Breast cancer didn't come back in the same breast for 97.5% of women who had radiation therapy plus hormone therapy compared to just over 92% of women who had hormone therapy ...

Tiny Self-Guided Robot Navigates Through the Heart

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans may remember "Fantastic Voyage" -- the 1966 film where scientists and the vessel they were in shrank to microscopic size and traveled through the human body.

Now, science fiction may be getting closer to reality. Researchers say they've created a tiny medical robot that's able to navigate on its own in and around a bea...

Why a Knee Replacement Can Go Bad

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers have pinpointed which factors put knee replacement patients at high risk for severe infection and repeat surgery.

"This information provides me with the strong evidence I need to discuss the risk of infection with my patients undergoing knee replacement and helps us identify strategies to minimize that risk," said study ...

C-Section Infection Risk Higher for Moms on Medicaid: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women who deliver a baby by cesarean section, the risk of developing a surgical site infection is higher if she is covered by Medicaid versus private insurance, a new study finds.

Several factors may be at play, including a patient's living situation and social support after leaving the hospital, as well as differences in the type of c...

FDA Halts All Sales of Pelvic Mesh Products Tied to Injuries in Women

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the sale of all pelvic mesh products.

The surgical mesh is typically used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and incontinence, but reported side effects have included permanent incontinence, severe discomfort and an inability to have sex.

"In order for these mes...

With Weeks to Live, Many Cancer Patients Try Useless Treatments

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Learning you have a cancer that looks imminently terminal is tough news to swallow.

And new research indicates that when given just one month to live, a significant number of patients still opt for aggressive and often costly interventions, despite little evidence to suggest they'll help.

A study of just over 100,000 patients in th...

Why More Patients Are Surviving an Aneurysm

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New treatments mean aneurysms are no longer an automatic death sentence, specialists say.

Aneurysms are a weakening or bulging of blood vessels that can rupture and become life-threatening. They can occur anywhere in the body, but are most common in the brain, or in the main blood vessels that lead to the heart, legs and arms.

Aneur...

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