AASPA Newsline
Nov. 6, 2012

New rules for aspiring surgeons result in better rest, less training
Boston Business Journal
Changes in the amount of hours surgeons-in-training can work have resulted in a better-rested, albeit less prepared, crop of aspiring doctors, according to a new report published in the Annals of Surgery.More

Group issues new antiplatelet guideline
MedPage Today
With a host of new antiplatelet drugs on the market, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has updated its clinical practice guideline on the drugs' use during heart surgery.More

Weight-loss surgery tops new list of medical innovations in 2013
Chicago Tribune
The Cleveland Clinic released its annual Top 10 list of best medical innovations for the coming year. At No. 1 is an old procedure: weight-loss surgery. The clinic's staff cited the procedure's once-unanticipated effectiveness in controlling Type 2 diabetes.More

Rates, causes of spinal surgery-tied mortality quantified
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
The overall mortality rate associated with spinal surgery is 1.8 per 1,000 and varies based on factors such as patient age and primary diagnosis, according to a study published in Spine.More

Study: Angioplasty costs are higher at non-surgery hospitals
Reuters via Fox News
Angioplasty to clear blocked arteries costs more at hospitals not equipped for emergency heart surgery, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Heart Association scientific meeting.More

Heart bypass surgery outperforms stents in diabetics
Science News
Bypass surgery may be a better option for diabetic patients with clogged arteries than a less invasive procedure to prop open blocked vessels from the inside, an international team reports. The finding could change how doctors treat many diabetic cardiac patients.More

Portland, Ore., surgeons successfully reattach man's arm
Surgeons have reattached the arm of an Oregon mill worker who nearly lost his life while cutting lumber at a Philomath plant. Jesus "Jessie" Cardonda Gonzalez's arm was severed at the elbow in the accident in late October.More

'World-first' surgery gives Australian boy new hope
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian doctors have hailed what they described as a world-first surgical treatment for a boy suffering from a rare disease that sends his blood pressure soaring and triggered a stroke. Ten-year-old Matthew Gaythorpe was facing the prospect of daily dialysis and a dual kidney-liver transplant until his doctor was granted special permission to try a renal denervation procedure never before performed on a child and still experimental with adults.More