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Postbariatric cholecystectomy most common among Roux-en-Y patients

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:10pm
The overall rate of cholecystectomy after weight loss surgery is low, but it is more likely to occur among patients who experience excessive weight loss following their procedure and those who undergo laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

HCV infection raises risk of death after kidney transplant

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:10pm
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Infection with hepatitis C virus is a risk factor for poor outcomes after kidney transplantation, but infection with human immunodeficiency virus is not, finds a cohort study reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.

Many surgical residents consider quitting during training

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:42pm
A majority of general surgery residents seriously consider dropping out of their training, with female residents more likely to consider quitting, a new study in JAMA Surgery reveals.

Burnout is prevalent among transplant surgeons

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:39pm
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Nearly half of transplant surgeons in the United States show signs of burnout, suggests an online survey of members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. But several of the contributing factors identified are potentially modifiable.

Frozen or powdered? Anticoagulation options in trauma are expanding

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:21pm
SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In the next 5-10 years, reaching for a powdered form of plasma may become the normative first-line treatment for trauma patients who present with severe bleeding. That’s because the current standard of administering fresh frozen plasma is riddled with problems, Dr. Martin Schreiber said at the University of California, San Diego, Critical Care Summer Session.

Femoral nerve blocks delay recovery after ACL reconstruction

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:09pm
SEATTLE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Postoperative femoral nerve blocks prolong quadricep and hamstring weakness after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in young athletes, and delay recovery, according to investigators from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Medical consultation rates for surgical cases vary

STS NewsWatch - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:02am
The use of inpatient medical consultations for hospitalized surgical patients was found to vary by hospital, but consultations didn’t appear to have much of an impact on risk-adjusted 30-day mortality rates, a study found.
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