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Nov. 19, 2013

The pros and cons of robotic surgery
The Wall Street Journal
You need a hysterectomy, and the surgeon wants to do it robotically. Instead of working directly with his hands, he will sit at a console manipulating a set of robotic arms outfitted with tiny surgical instruments. Should you go for it? You'd be forgiven for some hesitation.More

Weight-loss surgeries also decrease mortality
U.S. News & World Report
Over the previous two decades, gastric bypass surgery has is the surgery that surely decreases fatness and associated conditions. The surgery helps in loss of weight by reducing the size of the stomach with the help of a gastric band or by eradicating part of it.More

Surgeons 'emotionally affected' by surgical complications
Medical News Today
Most people would assume that surgeons become accustomed to carrying out major surgical procedures. But according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery, many surgeons are emotionally affected by major surgical complications and feel they need better support.More

Surgical measures in prediabetes, metabolic syndrome could improve life of patients
Surgery might be the right choice for some patients in the prediabetes stage and those diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, preventing or delaying diabetes, one presenter said. Moving forward in this area would be best achieved by cooperation between diabetologists and bariatric surgeons, he said.More

Has robotic surgery caught up with thoracoscopic surgery?
Medscape (free subscription)
The number of robotic pulmonary resections appears to be increasing significantly, and robotic-assisted lung surgery may be an appropriate alternative to video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), according to an article published online Oct. 3...More

Surgeons describe new knee ligament
Medical News Today
At the Belgian University Hospitals Leuven, two knee surgeons have for the first time given a full anatomical description of a new ligament that they term the anterolateral ligament (ALL). The new ligament is thought to play an important role in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.More

Aortic valves best replaced at high-volume centers
Medpage Today
High-risk patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) experience less morbidity and mortality at the hospitals that perform the most procedures, a population-based study reported. Mortality at high volume hospitals was 2.41 percent versus 4.34 percent at low volume hospitals, wrote Dr. Himanshu J. Patel.More

Tumor paint: Changing the way surgeons fight cancer
The audience at Pop! Tech's annual conference rose to its feet as Dr. Jim Olson wrapped up his talk on Tumor Paint. "In this world where stadiums are named after rich corporations, where buildings are named after wealthy donors, I wanted to name the most exciting science that I've ever participated in after her," he said, referring to Violet, a patient of his who donated her brain to science shortly before dying.More

Rise in spinal fusion surgeries may be driven partly by financial incentives, study says
The Washington Post
A government study of Medicare billings shows that financial incentives for doctors may be driving some of the rapid rise in spinal fusion surgery. The report, conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on the “proliferation” of companies that are owned by physicians and sell equipment for spinal fusions — screws, rods and plates. Such equipment costs more than $11,000 per spinal fusion, according to the report.More

Cataract surgeries deliver 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society
Cataract surgeries performed over one year eventually save $123.4 billion over 13 years and delivers a 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society according to the results of a cost-utility study, published online today in the Academy's official journal, Ophthalmology, and will be presented on Nov. 17 at the world's largest ophthalmic conference, the American Academy of Ophthalmology's 117th Annual Meeting, in New Orleans. Researchers say that the results prove that healthcare interventions create substantial economic wealth.More

Polymer for mending broken bones holds hope for delivering chemotherapy drugs to the brain
A polymer originally designed to help mend broken bones could be successful in delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to the brains of patients suffering from brain tumors, researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that the biomaterial can be easily applied to the cavity created following brain cancer surgery and used to release chemotherapy drugs over several weeks.More