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diclofenac, pain, Children, Joseph Standing, Nsaids, Surgery

Drug Deemed Safe, Effective for Post-Surgical Pain in Children

A new review from Sweden finds that diclofenac -- a medication that works for some adults -- relieves acute pain in children after surgery. However, a U.S. researcher is not convinced that the drug is an improvement over standard treatment.

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Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction, Surgery, Referral, Cancer, American College Of Surgeons, Breast, Reconstructive Surgery

Two New Strategies Help Women Consider Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Surgery

According to separate studies presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, the decision to undergo breast reconstruction surgery following surgical treatment for breast cancer can be influenced by learning tools and surgeon referral.

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Cholesterol, Statin, Aortic Aneurysm, Aorta, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Postoperative, Preoperative, Cardiovascular, American College Of Surgeons

Surgeons Find That Statin Drugs Lower Costs in Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Researchers from the East Carolina Heart Institute of the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, have found that the outcome of surgical repair of aortic aneurysm may be positively impacted by the use of statin drugs. Postoperative complication and mortality rates were among the risks evaluated.

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Appendix, Rural, Surgeons, surgeon shortage, perforated appendix, Appendicitis, Appendectomy

Higher Rates of Perforated Appendix in Rural Areas May be Linked to Shortage of General Surgeons

The impact of surgical workforce shortages could mean increased risk for complications from appendix rupture and perforation when these conditions occur in rural areas, according to surgeon researchers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. The research results show that timely health care can be provided with an adequate number of surgeons practicing in rural locations.

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Operation, Stomach, Ulcers, ulcer disease, Digestive Tract, Peptic, Minimally Invasive, Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery, Notes, American College Of Surgeons, ACS

Operation without Incisions for Patching Stomach Ulcers May Soon Move Into Human Trials

Research conducted at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, shows promising results for the use of an incisionless operation to treat stomach ulcers and other digestive tract perforations. The study highlights the use of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) and describes the approach’s effects on postoperative complications.

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Bioengineered, Nerve, Muscle, Prosthetic, Prostheses, Interface, Hands, Troops, Injuries, Wounded Soldiers, Neuromuscular, American College Of Surgeons

Bioengineered Nerve-muscle Interface Could Improve Prosthetic Use for Wounded Soldiers

Findings from tissue engineering research done at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may one day lead to the restoration of the sense of touch to patients fitted with prosthetic hands, in addition to improving the function of the devices. Based on work with troops wounded in the Middle East, the resulting interface is one step in overcoming the limitations of existing robotic prosthetics.

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Laparoscopy, endoscopic repair, Ulcer

Researchers Test Non-Incision, Endoscopic Ulcer Repair

Mayo Clinic surgical researchers are reporting a 93 percent success rate in recent animal tests of endoscopic repair of perforated ulcers.

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Prosthetics, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Basic Science

Bioengineering Could Improve Prosthetic Hand Use for Wounded Soldiers

Prosthetic hand devices used by wounded soldiers have limited motor control and no sensory feedback. But a bioengineered interface, developed at the University of Michigan and made of muscle cells and a nano-sized polymer, could go a long way in creating prostheses that move like a normal hand. Animal studies show the interface may possibly restore a sense of touch.

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Transplanation, Transplant, Surgery, Kidney, Kidney Damage, Renal, Pancreas Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Transplantation, Immunosuppressants, Immunosuppression

Affordable Anti-Rejection Drug As Effective as Higher Cost Option

A newer, less expensive drug used to suppress the immune system and prevent organ rejection in kidney and pancreas transplant patients works just as well as its much more expensive counterpart, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Reconstruction, Bladder Health, Spina Bifida, Children, Operation, Postoperative Pain, Surgical Robot

Robotic-assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery Lessens the Pain of Reconstructing a Dysfunctional Bladder in Children with Spina Bifida

Surgeons from the University of Chicago Medical Center Comer Children’s Hospital have used robotic surgery to reduce both post-operative pain and recovery time following an operation to correct spina bifida-related bladder dysfunction in children. The results of this first-time application of minimally invasive robotic surgery for the affected patient population may lead to more common usage of this method.







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