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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.

Blacks balk at life-saving early lung cancer therapy

STS NewsWatch - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:47am
MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Blacks may need additional guidance from clinicians to use radiotherapy for potentially curable lung cancer, a retrospective population-based study suggests.

Sacral nerve stimulation reduced irritable bowel symptoms

STS NewsWatch - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:01pm
Permanent sacral nerve stimulation looked promising in a prospective, randomized controlled study to reduce symptoms in a select group of 21 adults with diarrhea-predominant or mixed irritable bowel syndrome.

VIDEO: Rethink the VTE prophylaxis mantra

STS NewsWatch - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:54pm
LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis – a sine qua non of the Joint Commission and others – doesn’t seem to prevent deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in hospitalized medical patients, but it does make them more likely to bleed, according to investigators from the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium.

Lung transplants in HIV-positive gaining momentum

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:41am
MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Evidence is mounting that lung transplantation is feasible in highly select patients positive for human immunodeficiency virus.

Induction therapy does not complicate minimally invasive esophagectomy

STS NewsWatch - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:50am
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Induction therapy does not appear to significantly increase the risk of postoperative complications in patients who undergo minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma, according to results of a study reported at the annual Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium.

Hold the ACE inhibitors during surgery?

STS NewsWatch - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:06pm
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – When it comes to holding or continuing with ACE inhibitors before surgery, all bets are off, a perioperative medicine consultant suggested.
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