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Study backs bariatric surgery center accreditation

STS NewsWatch - 1 hour 19 min ago
BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may have dropped its accreditation requirement for bariatric surgery centers, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of data calling into question that decision.

Bivalirudin called safe and effective in HIT

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:40pm
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Bivalirudin is an attractive off-label option for the treatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, Dr. Lee Joseph said at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.

One-third of elective colectomies fail to meet indications

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:47am
BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Though progress is being made in reducing surgery for diverticulitis, one in three elective colectomies failed to meet current indications in a prospective study.

Foley guide likely unnecessary during midurethral sling surgery

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:00am
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Using a Foley catheter guide during midurethral sling surgery does not appear to reduce the risk of injury to the bladder and urethra, according to a retrospective study presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Wisconsin law shields doctors' apologies from malpractice cases

STS NewsWatch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:59pm
Following in the footsteps of more than 35 other states, Wisconsin has become the latest to enact a law protecting apologies by physicians from being used against them in court.

Even mild preop sepsis boosts postop thrombosis risk

STS NewsWatch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:47pm
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Preoperative sepsis proved to be an important independent risk factor for both arterial and venous thrombosis during or after surgery in an analysis of nearly 1.75 million U.S. surgical procedures.

High-dose steroids tame post-EVAR inflammation

STS NewsWatch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:25am
BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Preoperative high-dose methylprednisolone dramatically reduced inflammation and enhanced recovery after endovascular aortic repair without increased morbidity in a prospective, double-blinded randomized study.

Data derail dogma of elective diverticulitis surgery

STS NewsWatch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:19am
BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The risks of readmission and emergency surgery are low for patients with acute diverticulitis initially managed nonoperatively, a population-based, competing risk analysis found.

Simpler language improved patients' recall of mesh-related risks

STS NewsWatch - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:00am
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients giving consent to undergo midurethral sling surgery are more likely to remember being advised of the risks of surgical mesh if their surgeon speaks at a lower grade level.

Asymptomatic stage 2 pelvic organ prolapse seldom progresses

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:00am
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women with asymptomatic stage 2 pelvic organ prolapse can be reassured that it rarely progresses, according to the results of a study reported at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgery.

Women had worse survival after radical cystectomy

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:00am
Women who underwent radical cystectomy for bladder cancer had a small but significant increase in risk of disease recurrence and cancer-related mortality compared with male patients, even after adjustment for clinical and pathologic factors and competing risk of non–cancer-related death, researchers reported in the April issue of Urology.

Paracervical block for laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy yields mixed results

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:54pm
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL nEWS) – Applying a paracervical block before laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy improves some operative outcomes but not others, Dr. Rachel L. Barr said at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Study suggests robotics have altered hysterectomy landscape

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:32pm
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – The advent of robotic technology has shifted both the approach used for hysterectomies and the involvement of residents in this surgery, suggest results of a retrospective cohort study reported at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Thyroglobulin washout boosts diagnostic sensitivity in recurrent thyroid cancer

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:13pm
PHOENIX (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In patients with recurrent papillary thyroid cancer, fine-needle aspiration cytology and thyroglobulin washout was a highly sensitive and specific means of detecting metastatic disease, according to a retrospective analysis.

High-volume surgeons have best adrenalectomy outcomes

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:28am
PHOENIX (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – There is more evidence that it’s best to go with the pros: Adrenalectomies performed by higher-volume surgeons are associated with fewer complications, lower costs, and shorter lengths of stay than are those done by surgeons who dabble in the procedure.

Younger men with goiter at higher risk for thyroid cancers

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:03am
PHOENIX (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – More than one-fourth of men under age 50 undergoing surgery for benign goiter were found to have thyroid cancers, based on

Resident involvement does not compromise safety of laparoscopic hysterectomy

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:42pm
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Laparoscopic hysterectomy takes longer when residents participate, but is generally as safe as when an attending physician performs the surgery alone, a study showed.
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