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FIRST Trial Summary Video Released by American College of Surgeons and American Board of Surgery

An informational video produced by the American College of Surgeons and American Board of Surgery was released today regarding the FIRST Trial (Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees Trial).

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Pioneering Surgeon to Lead New Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

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Renowned surgeon Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is named director of the new NYU Langone Transplant Institute.

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MD Anderson shares in $13.4 million award to study treatment for low-grade DCIS

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer will share in a funding award of $13.4 million with hopes of answering one of the biggest questions in the current management of breast cancer: do women with the earliest form of the disease, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), need invasive surgery?

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Longer Shifts for Surgical Residents Are Safe for Patients

A new landmark national study showed allowing surgical residents the flexibility to work longer hours in order to stay with their patients through the end of an operation or stabilize them during a critical event did not pose a greater risk to patients. The study also found surgical residents reported no worsening in their overall well-being and personal safety when working longer hours.

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Nurse Anesthetist Recalls Operation to Save Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., After Near-Fatal Stabbing in 1958

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Goldie Brangman recalls the operation that saved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life after a mentally unstable woman stabbed him with a letter opener as he autographed copies of his first book in September 1958.

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Talk with a Physician Anesthesiologist to Make Surgery Safe at Any Age

For patients having surgery, working closely with a physician anesthesiologist is an important part of making sure the experience is as safe and comfortable as possible. This is especially true when the patient is an older adult or child.

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Fat Injection for Breast Reconstruction Doesn't Increase Risk of Recurrent Breast Cancer

For women undergoing breast cancer surgery, a technique called lipofilling—using the patient's own fat cells to optimize the results of breast reconstruction—does not increase the risk of recurrent breast cancer, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Good Cosmetic Outcomes, Improved Quality of Life with Full Facial Feminization Surgery

For patients with gender dysphoria undergoing male-to-female transformation, a stepwise approach to facial feminization surgery (FFS) leads to good cosmetic outcomes along with psychological, social, and functional benefits, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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New Imaging Technique Could Reduce Need for Amputation

A new MRI imaging technique could reduce the need for amputation in patients with critical limb ischemia, according to a study funded by the British Heart Foundation, publised today in the scientific journal JACC.

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Evidence Lacking to Support Use of Costlier Biologic Mesh for Abdominal Hernia Repair

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A UT Southwestern Medical Center study comparing two types of materials used in abdominal wall hernia repair surgery found no evidence to support the use of costlier biologic mesh versus synthetic mesh.

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First-of-Its-Kind Robotic Assisted Surgery at Upstate Makes Urology Cover

Physicians document complex six-hour surgical case in which they used minimally invasive robotic surgery to perform a radical nephrectomy (removal of entire kidney) with a level III inferior vena cava thrombectomy (removal of a tumor from the largest vein that carries blood to the heart). The procedure also included the removal of numerous lymph nodes.

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BMI Linked With Complications After Lung Cancer Surgery

Body mass index (BMI) affects outcomes following lung resection (removal of part of the lung) for lung cancer. Patients with very high or very low BMIs have the highest risks for complications

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Physician Assistant Home Visits Significantly Reduce Hospital Readmissions After Heart Surgery

Two home visits by a physician’s assistant (PA) during the week after hospital discharge significantly reduces the chance that a heart surgery patient will be readmitted, and reduces overall costs associated with the heart surgery

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New Standards for Children’s Surgery Verification Released

The Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program, a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released its latest standards document, Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care. The standards set forth in this document are the nation’s first and only multispecialty standards for children’s surgical care.

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Antibiotics Over Surgery for Appendicitis? Experts Say Proceed with Caution

Several recent studies suggesting that appendicitis — the leading cause of emergency abdominal surgery in children — could be treated with antibiotics alone have generated serious buzz among clinicians and parents alike.

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Bariatric Surgery, Support Group Participation, Enables 57-Year-Old to Lose 250-Plus Pounds

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“Bariatric surgery helped me know what it is to feel full,” Piccin says. “Before that, my stomach was so stretched out. There was no bottom.”

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Novel Study Shows Lower Surgical Mortality in Hospitals with Best Nursing Care

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Patients are often unaware that choosing the right hospital is very important to having a good outcome. A novel study published today in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals.

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Study Finds No Link Between Surgical Anesthesia and MCI

A Mayo Clinic study of people who received anesthesia for surgery after age 40 found no association between the anesthesia and development of mild cognitive impairment later in life.

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Frequent Use of Post-Acute Care Associated with Higher Hospital Readmission Rates

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Courtesy of Greg Sacks Dr. Greg Sacks To ensure that they receive proper care after surgery, patients are frequently referred by hospitals to inpatient facilities such as skilled nursing homes or inpatient rehabilitation centers or to receive home health care and other outpatient services. This type of care, called post-acute care, now accounts for some $62 billion in annual Medicare spending.

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Study Shows Surge in Use of CTs in Patients with Minor Injuries

Twice as many patients with non-serious injuries, such as fractures or neck strain, are undergoing CT scans in emergency departments at California hospitals, according to a UCSF-led study, which tracked the use of the imaging from 2005 to 2013.