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New model predicts posthysterectomy hematocrit

7 hours 3 min ago
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A simple model may help individualize the ordering of blood work after an uncomplicated hysterectomy done for benign indications, according to Dr. Carolyn W. Swenson.

VIDEO: Laser's novel effect improves restrictive burn scars

7 hours 27 min ago
PHOENIX (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – New techniques using very-low-density, very-high-energy ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser are helping thousands of patients – mostly soldiers – with restrictive scars from bombs or burns.

Alterations in taste, smell common after gastric bypass

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:41am
Alterations in taste and smell, including aversions to many foods, are common following gastric bypass surgery, according to a report published online in Obesity Surgery.

Study backs bariatric surgery center accreditation

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:36am
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.