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Surgical Complications of DBS No Higher Risk for Older Parkinson’s Patients

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - DURHAM, N.C. – Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to ...

Surgery to repair a hip fracture reduces lifetime health care costs by more than $65,000 per patient, adds years of patient life quality and mobility

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Each year, more than 300,000 Americans, primarily adults over age 65, sustain a hip fracture, a debilitating injury that ...

Extracorporeal support can significantly increase number of organs available for transplant

U-M research shows using heart-lung support machine for donations after circulatory death boosted pool of available organs by 20 percent ... Full story

Stimuli-Responsive Drug Delivery System Prevents Transplant Rejection, Reduces Toxicity, and Lasts for Months

Boston, MA - Following a tissue graft transplant-such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg-it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection. ... Full story

Mayo Study Finds Less Radical Procedures Offer Similar Cancer Control Compared to Surgery for Kidney Cancer Patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Needle-guided tumor destruction procedures offer near equivalent lengths of local cancer control compared to surgery for patients with small kidney cancer tumors, according to the results of a large study published in the journal European Urology. ... Full story

To eat or not to eat

UCLA researchers have developed a disposable biosensor that may help doctors determine which patients should be fed following surgery Kim Irwin ... Full story

Regional Anesthesia for Pediatric Knee Surgery Reduces Pain, Speeds Recovery

Columbus, OH - A recent study of an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique, called femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. ... Full story

Kessler Foundation expands robotic research in spinal cord injury

West Orange, NJ - Kessler Foundation has expanded its research in exoskeletal-assisted standing and walking with the addition of ReWalk, the robotic exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics. The Foundation has been conducting exoskeletal research since October 2011, according to Gail Forrest, PT, PhD, assistant director of Human Performance & Engineering Research. ... Full story

Saltier Intravenous Fluids Reduce Complications from Surgery

Infusing a saltier saline solution during and after surgery decreases overall complication rate for a complex procedure ... Full story

Laparoscopic Surgical Removal of the Gallbladder in Pediatric Patients is Safe

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers recommends laparoscopic cholecystectomies (surgical removal of the gallbladder) for pediatric patients suffering from gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. This study was published in Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques. ... Full story

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