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Guideline adjusts perioperative cardiac care in noncardiac surgery

5 hours 55 min ago
A new clinical practice guideline on cardiovascular evaluation and management of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery adds some clarity around the controversial issue of beta-blocker therapy and updates other aspects of care.

Bowel prep before vaginal prolapse surgery offers no postop benefit

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:01pm
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Bowel preparation for vaginal reconstructive surgery does not affect postoperative bowel function and bowel symptoms one way or the other, according to a secondary analysis of a single-blind randomized trial examining various effects of mechanical bowel preparation.

Ethicon pulls morcellators off the market, citing 'uncertain' risk-benefit

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:18pm
Ethicon has initiated a worldwide withdrawal of the company’s morcellation devices because of the uncertainty over the risk-benefit profile of these devices when used in hysterectomies and myomectomies for women with fibroids, the company announced in a letter on July 30.

FDA approves opioid tablet designed to deter abuse if crushed

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:30pm
The Food and Drug Administration on July 24 approved an opioid tablet formulated to deter abuse if crushed, the agency announced.

Enteral contrast did not add diagnostic benefit in suspected appendicitis

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:42pm
Enteral contrast did not augment the accuracy of computed tomography in appendectomy patients, compared with intravenous contrast CT alone, according to a large multihospital

Laparoscopy found effective alternative to open IBD surgery

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:36pm
In an urban colorectal surgery department, a near-doubling in the proportion of surgical procedures performed laparoscopically accompanied significant declines in both severe postoperative morbidity and conversions to laparotomy, in a 14-year, single-hospital study reported in Annals of Surgery.

Bariatric surgery results may include improved sexual function for female patients

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:09pm
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Obese women experienced significant improvements in sexual function over 6-24 months after bariatric surgery in a multistudy review, indicating that this outcome should be listed among the possible benefits of surgery in this patient population, Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam said at a joint annual meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society.

Prevention program led to steep drop in postop pneumonia cases

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:00pm
A quality improvement program cut postoperative pneumonia rates by 43.6%, investigators reported July 23 in JAMA Surgery.

ERAS program for colorectal surgery cut length of stay, costs in community setting

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:00pm
A hospital’s program to enhance recovery after colorectal surgery cut length of stay by 3 days and saved up to $4,800 per patient without increasing postoperative morbidity or 30-day readmission rates, investigators reported online July 23 in JAMA Surgery.

Study provides cancer risk estimates among women undergoing morcellation

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:56am
An estimated 1 in 370 women who undergo electric power morcellation during a minimally invasive hysterectomy have uterine cancer, with the risk of cancer and endometrial hyperplasia markedly increasing with age, according to an analysis using an insurance database of more than 500 U.S. hospitals.

Weekend surgery poses greater risks for children than weekday surgeries

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:28pm
Children receiving common urgent surgeries on the weekend face greater risks of death, blood transfusions, and surgical complications, according to a recent study.

Preadmission NSAID use found protective against trauma-induced coagulopathy

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:56pm
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before hospital admission for severe blunt injury is associated with a reduced incidence of trauma-induced coagulopathy, results from a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study demonstrated.