Study raises new warnings about frail surgery patients

A Department of Veterans Affairs study has shown that frail surgery patients may be at higher risk than previously thought. Mortality rates were high for frail patients even after surgeries normally considered low-risk. This led the researchers to conclude that “there are no ‘low-risk’ procedures among frail patients.” The findings…

Studies use biologic augmentation in ACL reconstruction surgery

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is initiating a new clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of using biologic augmentation during anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, reconstruction surgery. This minimally invasive technique uses a mixture of bone marrow concentrate, autograft bone and demineralized bone matrix to…

Men can be spared radiotherapy after surgery

Men with prostate cancer can be spared radiotherapy after surgery, according to late breaking results from a study led by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. These findings, from the largest ever trial of postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer, are being presented today (Friday 27 September) at the 2019 ESMO…

Dad's tattoo matches son's life-saving heart surgery scar

Dad gets 3.5-inch scar tattoo to match his son’s life-saving heart surgery scar Dad gets 3.5-inch scar tattoo to match his son’s life-saving heart surgery scar.The young boy was diagnosed with supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS) can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain and ultimately heart failure if left untreated….

Sharing data with surgeons can reduce overuse of Mohs surgery

(HealthDay)—Sharing personalized practice pattern data with physicians that is benchmarked to national data for their peers can reduce overuse of Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) among outliers, according to a study published online May 5 in JAMA Dermatology. John G. Albertini, M.D., from The Skin Surgery Center in Winston Salem, North…