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  • Prostatectomy: Almost as painful as watching the Obama presidency

    11/25/2009 9:13:09 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 12 replies · 1,008+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/25/2009 | Dave Weinbaum
    Less than 24 hours ago, I lay prostrate on an operating table while surgeons aided by a robot (da Vinci) made six deep cuts in my belly area and carved out my oversized cancerous prostate. The robot allegedly made such precise cuts that important nerves and muscles were protected from damage so my functionality would be maintained. Makes one wonder if you can rent it for carving turkey — Hmmmm.

    11/24/2009 3:27:49 PM PST · by nutsonthebus · 8 replies · 655+ views ^ | Nov. 24, 2009 | Dave Weinbaum
    Less than 24 hours ago, I lay prostrate on an operating table while surgeons aided by a robot(da Vinci) made six deep cuts in my belly area and carved out my oversized cancerous prostate. The robot allegedly made such precise cuts that important nerves and muscles were protected from damage so my functionality would be maintained. Makes one wonder if you can rent it for carving turkey— Hmmmm.
  • The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery [India ($2,000) US ($20,000-$100,000)]

    11/20/2009 7:45:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 1,288+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 20th, 2009
    NOVEMBER 21, 2009 The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery In India, a Factory Model for Hospitals Is Cutting Costs and Yielding GEETA ANAND. BANGALORE -- Hair tucked into a surgical cap, eyes hidden behind thick-framed magnifying glasses, Devi Shetty leans over the sawed open chest of an 11-year-old boy, using bright blue thread to sew an artificial aorta onto his stopped heart. As Dr. Shetty pulls the thread tight with scissors, an assistant reads aloud a proposed agreement for him to build a new hospital in the Cayman Islands that would primarily serve Americans in search of lower-cost medical care....
  • My Wife is having Surgery Today (prayers please)

    10/21/2009 7:17:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 84 replies · 2,369+ views
    10/21/09 | OneVike
    Today my wife is having surgery on her neck. The procedure is called an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). It is a surgical procedure performed to remove a degenerative disc in her neck. She has been living with an excruciating pinched nerve for almost two years. About three Months ago I had posted an inquiry a question for some information on the shots in her neck that they tried. Well, the shots did not work for her and they decided to do surgery. You can check this link out for an idea of what they are doing for her....
  • Accidental Discovery During Surgery Reverses Memory Loss

    10/08/2009 8:08:44 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 34 replies · 1,451+ views ^ | January 30th | Michael Asher
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  • Ill. woman dies after catching fire during surgery

    09/17/2009 8:23:48 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 22 replies · 1,489+ views
    Comcast ^ | 09-17-09 | Jim Suhr, AP
    ST. LOUIS — A southern Illinois woman died after being severely burned in a flash fire while undergoing surgery, a rare but vexing dilemma in operating rooms. Janice McCall, 65, of Energy, Ill., died Sept. 8 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., six days after being burned on the operating table at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill., her family's attorney said. Attorney Robert Howerton said he had requested medical records from the Marion hospital and that he had few details about what happened. He declined to say why McCall was having surgery. The Tennessee state medical...
  • Dodd Has Prostate Cancer

    07/31/2009 10:00:49 AM PDT · by madison10 · 63 replies · 2,107+ views ^ | July 31, 2009 | Laura Kellman
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer and intends to have surgery early in August, his office said Friday. Dodd intends to be back at work when Congress reconvenes in September, according to an e-mail his office circulated to fellow senators. The AP obtained a copy. Aides also said the diagnosis would not affect Dodd's plans to seek a sixth term in 2010.
  • Plastic Surgery Tax Eyed As Revenue Raiser

    07/27/2009 4:30:30 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks. The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas. The tax, which has not been officially scored, would plug some of the revenue gap senators are seeking...

    07/27/2009 2:42:56 PM PDT · by kcvl · 41 replies · 1,671+ views
    DON'T GO THERE: DEMS EYE 10% TAX ON BOTOX, COSMETIC SURGERY Mon Jul 27 2009 17:18:00 ET Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, CONGRESS DAILY reports. The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10% excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. DAILY's Peter Cohn reveals: The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas. MORE Developing...
  • Arlington airman can't sue for botched surgery

    07/27/2009 12:34:07 PM PDT · by Dubya · 42 replies · 1,697+ views
    An Arlington airman whose legs were amputated after a gallbladder surgery went terribly wrong lacks the same basic legal right to sue his surgeon that state and federal prisoners enjoy, a New York congressman says.
  • Military Medical Mistake Disfigures Local Airman

    07/21/2009 5:42:41 PM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies · 1,296+ views
    CBS11 Dallas/Ft Worth ^ | 17 July 2009 | Jack Fink
    Jessica Read is still stunned about what happened to her husband. "It's very hard for us to understand." Last week, 20-year-old Colton Read, who grew up in Arlington and who's now in the U. S. Air Force, went to have laparoscopic surgery to remove his gall-bladder at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. His mother, Shelly Read-Miller says he wasn't worried. "He said 'Mom, this is routine, it's no big deal.'" But what happened during surgery turned out to be a very big deal. Jessica Read says around 10 a.m., about an hour into the...
  • Airman Loses Legs in Botched Gallbladder Surgery, Future of Career Uncertain

    07/20/2009 9:08:36 AM PDT · by rawhide · 99 replies · 3,809+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-20-09
    A Texas Airman stationed at an Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. has lost both legs after surgeons reportedly botched a routine surgery to remove his gallbladder. Colton Read, 20, underwent laproscopic surgery last week at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. Laproscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a tiny incision to minimize pain and speed recovery time. About an hour into the surgery, something went wrong. Read's wife Jessica told "A nurse runs out, 'we need blood now' and she rounds the corner and my gut feelings is 'oh...
  • Benedict Waits His Turn

    07/17/2009 1:27:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 671+ views
    ncr ^ | July 17, 2009 | Edward Pentin
    The Pope leaves hospital with a cast on his right arm. (CNS/Reuters) Pope Benedict XVI insisted on waiting his turn behind another patient when he was admitted to the hospital today for an X-ray and operation on his broken right wrist. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted hospital sources as saying that he let a peritonitis patient awaiting surgery go ahead of him. He spent most of the day in the hospital, but has now been released. The Pope’s operation under local anesthesia was “a complete success,” reports say, and the Holy Father will return to his summer vacation Alpine...
  • The new face of plastic surgery in Iraq

    07/13/2009 12:43:54 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 904+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 12, 2009 | Caesar Ahmed
    Reporting from Baghdad -- There was a time when Baghdad's reconstructive surgeons were rushed off their feet trying to repair the terrible disfigurements caused by war. These days, they're just as likely to find themselves giving Botox injections or performing nose jobs, as Iraqis take advantage of the calmer conditions to enhance their looks. "Definitely we are performing more plastic surgery than before, mainly because the security situation of the country has improved," said Rida Ali, a plastic surgeon who estimates that half her patients are seeking cosmetic surgery, compared with less than a quarter a few years ago. They...
  • Reporter’s Notebook: Boy Forgoes Party for Surgery

    07/13/2009 11:43:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 395+ views
    ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT OFF THE COAST OF CORINTO, NICARAGUA, July 13, 2009 – It was Beyker Maldonado’s birthday last week. Beyker Maldonado and his friend chase a toy car July 10, 2009, while waiting in the reception area of the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort off the coast of Corinto, Nicaragua. Maldonado turned 2 on the ship as he waited for eye surgery. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The toddler likes to run, chase bouncy balls, and run. Sporting a cloth diaper, a dirty T-shirt, socks and sandals, Beyker zips up...

    07/12/2009 4:10:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies · 4,748+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2009 | CATHY BURKE
    Miami plastic surgeon has bragging rights to remaking a Maxim beauty's breasts, but it could cost him more than a half-million dollars. Former Miss Norway and Maxim, Esquire and Stuff magazines topless model Monica Hansen has won a default judgment for $564,555 in her lawsuit against Dr. Leonard Hochstein for using pictures of her on his Web site, allegedly without her permission. He flatly denied the charge.
  • Shocked Russian surgeons open up man who thought he had a tumour...find a FIR TREE inside his lung

    04/14/2009 11:15:40 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 2,640+ views ^ | April 14, 2009 | Will Stewart
    Shocked Russian surgeons claim they found a five-centimetre fir tree growing inside a man's lung as they operated on him for suspected cancer. The amazing discovery apparently was made when they opened up Artyom Sidorkin, 28, to remove what they thought was a serious tumour. Sidorkin had complained of extreme pain in his chest and had been coughing up blood. Doctors were convinced he had cancer, Russian website reported. 'We were 100 per cent sure,' said surgeon Vladimir Kamashev from Izhevsk in the Urals. 'We did X-rays and found what looked exactly like a tumour. 'I had seen hundreds...
  • Ana's Story: Isolated by her appearance, she yearned for a place in the world

    04/05/2009 12:02:59 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 10 replies · 1,408+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Sunday, April 5, 2009 | Thomas Curwen
    LA Times staff writer Thomas Curwen met Ana Rodarte in December 2005 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Over the next 3 1/2 years, he conducted extensive interviews with her and her parents, and he and Ana engaged in an e-mail correspondence about living with neurofibromatosis. Curwen and Times staff photographer Allen J. Schaben visited the Rodarte home in Riverside County nearly a dozen times for birthday parties, family gatherings and celebrations. They accompanied Ana to consultations with her doctors, and they observed three surgeries at Scripps aimed at restoring her facial features. * Isolated by her appearance, she...
  • Ethnic cosmetic surgery: More of it

    03/26/2009 8:39:25 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 16 replies · 6,356+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/26/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Viva vanity. Rates for Hispanics getting nip-and tuck: Up 18 percent. Rates for whites: down 3 percent. Wonder why? Well...
  • ‘Robo Croc’ the crocodile has reconstructive surgery after car accident [Pics]

    03/20/2009 10:36:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,300+ views
    Fortuna ^ | 3/20/09
    The four-hour operation took place at Miami’s Metrozoo.The giant male predator, dubbed Robo Croc after the operation left it with a significant amount of metal dotted around its face, was close to death after having its head crushed by a car in the Florida Keys last year.‘Robo Croc’ the crocodile has reconstructive surgery after car accident Unable to move its jaw, the distressed animal had not eaten for three months.
  • Prayer Request for a Six Year Old - Part 2 (Update Post 25!)

    02/27/2009 5:03:28 PM PST · by Tennessee_Bob · 38 replies · 514+ views
    Email | 02/27/2009 | Tennessee_Bob
    In a previous thread, I told you about Lucas, the six year old son of my wife's co-worker Mark. Lucas had a good MRI, and they have scheduled surgery for him on Monday. It's an excellent hospital, and an excellent surgeon. Please pray for Lucas, his mom and dad - Laura and Mark, and his sister Grace. Please also, keep the surgeon and his team in your prayers as well.
  • 'Medical Miracle': Leeches Help Bondi Shark Victim Keep Hand

    02/24/2009 10:58:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 333+ views
    ABC News ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2009
    Surgeons say it was a miracle that they managed to reattach the hand of a surfer who was mauled by a shark at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Thirty-three-year-old Glenn Orgias was attacked by a great white shark while surfing at dusk almost two weeks ago. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital with his hand hanging by a three centimetre piece of skin. Plastic surgeon Dr Kevin Ho says doctors never expected that they would be able to reattach the hand. "However in the Bondi surfer's case, given his general health and the speed of which he was rushed into the...
  • Baby Heart Transplants Fan Ethical Debate Over Dead-Donor Rule

    01/12/2009 9:14:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 423+ views
    MedPageToday ^ | 08.13.08 | John Gever
    Three heart transplants were successfully performed with infant donors whose hearts had stopped beating, according to researchers here, but some ethicists question whether moral boundaries were crossed. The report in the Aug. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reopened a long-simmering debate that boils down to the question of how to define death of a potential donor before organ harvesting may proceed. The three recipients, mean age 2.2 months, have survived at least 3.5 years with only one having a rejection episode during the first six months after surgery, reported Mark M. Boucek, M.D., and colleagues of...
  • Prayer requested by MountainFlower [Good news @ 160.,178, 179, 192, 201, 232, 238, 240]

    12/28/2008 5:26:42 PM PST · by trussell · 248 replies · 5,697+ views
      Prayers requested by Mountainflower Please pray for Mountainflower...the doctor has found a tumor and has scheduled her for surgery on Wednesday at 10 a.m.She requests prayer that the tumor will be found non-cancerous. She also requests prayer for financial security...she will be unable to work for an extended period of time. Please pray for her emotional health as she sounds scared. She is a dear friend to many here and I know she will find comfort in our prayers.Thank you!
  • Cat's Torn-Off Face Reattached After Car Fan Belt Accident

    12/10/2008 4:29:24 AM PST · by a real Sheila · 8 replies · 780+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/9/08 | AP
    BOSTON — Me-ouch! Veterinarians performed an unusual surgery to reattach the face of a cat they believe was injured by a car's fan belt, probably because she tried to stay warm under the hood. Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired feline, went missing from her home in Winthrop for three days last week. When she finally came home, her owner found her in
  • Why heart pumps could kill off the transplant

    11/04/2008 9:47:29 AM PST · by alnitak · 1 replies · 992+ views
    The Times (of London) ^ | 2 Nov 08 | Lois Rogers
    When the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in December 1967, the world held its breath. His patient, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky, lived for only another 18 days. The drugs he needed to stop his body rejecting the new organ compromised his immune system to such an extent he couldn’t fight off other illnesses, and he died of pneumonia. But the precedent had been set: the most powerful and emotionally iconic of human organs could be taken from the body of a dead person to give the chance of an extended life to another. It was...
  • Prayer Thread for Mom needed

    10/22/2008 5:03:15 PM PDT · by CharlotteVRWC · 57 replies · 467+ views
    me ^ | Oct 22, 2008 | CharlotteVRWC
    Prayers for my Mom needed- Open Heart Surgery to be performed at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday Morning, Oct 23rd. Thanks for your prayers. Mom is 81 and having a Mitral Valve Repair (or Replacement if needed). Thank you so much, CharlotteVRWC
  • Iranian boy to undergo surgery in Israel

    10/08/2008 10:50:24 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 549+ views
    YNet ^ | 10.08.08 | Nurit Felter
    Interior Ministry, Shin Bet grant unusual plea by Tehran family to have son suffering form brain cancer treated in Jewish state. 'When a child's life is at stake religion and origin play no part,' says Minister Sheetrit A 12-year-old Iranian boy suffering from brain cancer is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Friday for emergency surgery. The boy, who already underwent surgery in Tehran, was later admitted to a Turkish hospital, but his Ankara physicians soon discovered their facility lacked the technological and medical expertise needed to properly treat him. The Turkish doctors suggested the family seek medical assistance in...
  • Merriman will play through injury

    08/27/2008 1:24:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies · 92+ views
    AP ^ | 08/27/2008 | By Staff
    Surgery will have to wait for Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, who decided Wednesday he'll play this season despite two torn ligaments in his left knee.
  • Iraqi Partnership Extends to OR

    08/22/2008 5:14:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Tyler B. Barstow, USMC
    Iraqi Army Maj. Tahseen Muallah, medical officer from Camp Habbaniyah, oversees the preparatory work done on an Iraqi Policeman who is going in for surgery to remove fragmentation. Muallah worked with Lt. Cmdr. John A. Lynott, senior orthopedic surgeon with Camp Taqaddum Surgical, 1st Supply Battalion (-) (Reinforced), 1st Marine Logistics Group, and the staff at TQ Surgical to understand their operating procedures. The two groups have been working together throughout the year, sharing their expertise in the medical field. The end goal is to get the Iraqis trained so they can operate their own medical facilities efficiently and effectively....
  • Cat's Medical Bill After Accident: $15,000

    07/25/2008 8:10:11 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 150 replies · 287+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.26.2008 | UPI
    A British woman said she spent $15,000 to have her cat's face rebuilt after it was hit by a car and disfigured. Tanya Dickson said her cat, Hetty, was in a coma when she found him by the side of the road and veterinarians told her one of his eyes had collapsed and his nasal cavity was shunted among other injuries following the accident, The Telegraph reported Friday. Dickson said Hetty underwent a number of operations while being kept alive in an incubator and six days after his injury, he was able to meow again. She said he was eating...
  • Surgeons to be given bonuses for saving lives

    07/20/2008 9:33:26 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 191+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 20 July 2008 | Laura Donnelly
    NHS surgeons are to be paid bonuses based on the number of lives they save, in radical plans being drawn up by hospitals across Britain. For the first time, they will receive performance-related pay according to the results they achieve on the operating table, with levels dependent on how well patients recover. Leading surgeons said that this could deter doctors from taking on higher-risk patients, such as the frail and elderly, and from carrying out complex operations. ...Katherine Murphy, from the Patients Association, said: "Patients will be horrified. There is a real risk that the most complicated cases, and the...
  • Woman Awakens From Surgery to Find Panty-Line Tattoo

    07/16/2008 12:26:54 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 156 replies · 638+ views
    Fox News ^ | 07.16.2008 | Fox News
    A New Jersey woman has sued her orthopedic surgeon after awakening from surgery to find a temporary tattoo below her panty line. Elizabeth Mateo, of Camden County, N.J., filed her lawsuit Tuesday saying she found "a temporary tattoo of a red rose" below her panty line the morning after her surgery for a herniated disc, her attorney, Gregg A. Shivers, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "She was extremely emotionally upset by it," Shivers told the paper.
  • Life-Saving Surgeries in Boston Await Iraqi Child

    06/19/2008 4:13:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 110+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, June 19, 2008 – When she was born, doctors didn’t expect her to live a week, but a 1-year-old Iraqi girl is defying the odds. Noor Majeed smiles at the Forward Operating Base Delta medical facility in Iraq, where she received several life-saving procedures. She will undergo reconstructive surgery in Boston on June 30, 2008. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Noor Majeed overcame her initial prognosis, but without proper care, she still could die. But surgeons at Children’s Hospital in Boston have agreed to donate their services to help her, and...
  • Surgery Offers Muslim Women Illusion of Virginity

    06/11/2008 4:12:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 25 replies · 95+ views
    N Y Times Online ^ | June 11, 2008 | Elaine Sciolino
    PARIS — The operation in the private clinic off the Champs-Élysées involved one semicircular cut, 10 dissolving stitches and a discounted fee of $2,900. But for the patient, a 23-year-old French student of Moroccan descent from Montpellier, the 30-minute procedure represented the key to a new life: the illusion of virginity. Like an increasing number of Muslim women in Europe, she had a hymenoplasty, a restoration of her hymen, the vaginal membrane that normally breaks in the first act of intercourse. “In my culture, not to be a virgin is to be dirt,” said the student, perched on a hospital...
  • Miracle Baby Born Twice

    06/06/2008 1:49:27 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 6 replies · 146+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jun 6, 2008 | Mike Celizic
    When Chad and Keri McCartney say their infant daughter, Macie Hope, is born again, they aren’t referring to religion — the month-old miracle baby really was born twice.
  • Tumour turns out to be 25-year-old towel

    06/04/2008 7:53:50 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 18 replies · 135+ views ^ | June 04, 2008 | correspondents in Tokyo
    DOCTORS in Japan who carried out surgery on a man to remove a tumour had good news and bad news for him. The good news was he did not have cancer. The bad news: The growth that had been causing him pain was in fact a 25-year-old surgical towel. The patient had been carrying the cloth since 1983, when surgeons left it in him after a minor operation to treat an ulcer, a spokesman for the hospital said.
  • Prayers for Jim Robinson

    05/14/2008 5:16:40 PM PDT · by trussell · 2,403 replies · 5,781+ views
    May 14, 2008
      Prayer RequestJim Robinson is having surgery tomorrow, May 15thSee the posts below for information about this procedure. Jim Update: It has been a frustrating day, I finally have a update for everyone. I called Jim at the hospital. The nurse was in his room and gave him the phone. Sheila took his cell phone to him so I will be able to contact him easier. Also they took his laptop. Due to major pain killers, he was able to sleep in the bed last night and was in bed when I called. He sounded better than he has for...
  • Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery

    05/04/2008 9:58:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 322+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2008 | BARNABY J. FEDER
    WHAT do you call a surgeon who operates without scalpels, stitching tools or a powerful headlamp to light the patient’s insides? A better doctor, according to a growing number of surgeons who prefer to hand over much of the blood-and-guts portion of their work to medical robots controlled from computer consoles. Many urologists performing prostate surgery view the precise, tremor-free movements of a robot as the best way to spare nerves crucial to bladder control and sexual potency. A robot’s ability to deftly handle small tools may lead to a less invasive procedure and faster recovery for a patient. Robots...
  • Incan Skull Surgery

    04/26/2008 7:32:58 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 595+ views
    Science News ^ | 4-25-2008 | Bruce Bower
    Incan skull surgery By Bruce BowerApril 25th, 2008 Holes in ancient skulls reflect skilled medical careHealing Hole in the HeadANCIENT SURGERY A new analysis of ancient skulls reveals skills of Incan healers in cranial cutting.Valerie AndrushkoWhen Incan healers scraped or cut a hunk of bone out of a person’s head, they meant business. Practitioners of this technique, known as trepanation, demonstrated great skill more than 500 years ago in treating warriors’ head wounds and possibly other medical problems, rarely causing infections or killing their patients, two anthropologists find. Trepanation emerged as a promising but dangerous medical procedure by about 1,000...
  • Miami doctor breaks new ground in cancer surgery

    03/24/2008 3:30:12 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 59 replies · 2,046+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3-24-08 | Tom Brown
    Brooke Zepp speaks at a news conference about the unprecedented surgery she underwent weeks ago to remove a cancerous tumor at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami March 24, 2007. A team of doctors had to remove her stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver and large and small intestines to remove the cancerous tumor. (Joe Skipper/Reuters) The Good Doctor Kato Dr. Tomoaki Kato had to remove a lot more than a cancerous tumor during an unprecedented operation on a 63-year-old Florida woman earlier this month. To get to the tumor, which was buried deep in Brooke Zepp's abdomen...
  • Woman Goes for Leg Operation, Gets New Anus Instead

    03/19/2008 9:15:10 AM PDT · by CapnJack · 203 replies · 6,696+ views Home>Health ^ | 03/19/2008 |
    A German retiree is taking a hospital to court after she went in for a leg operation and got a new anus instead, the Daily Telegraph is reporting. The woman woke up to find she had been mixed up with another patient suffering from incontinence who was to have surgery on her sphincter. The clinic in Hochfranken, Bavaria, has since suspended the surgical team. Now the woman is planning to sue the hospital. She still needs the leg operation and is searching for another hospital to do it.
  • Skeleton May Show Ancient Brain Surgery

    03/12/2008 10:17:14 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 960+ views
    Physorg ^ | 3-11-2008 | Ap
    Skeleton May Show Ancient Brain Surgery The skeleton of a young woman from a 3rd century A.D. grave in Veria, northern Greece, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Archaeologists believe a large hole on the front of the skull, above the eyes, was caused by -- apparently failed -- brain surgery nearly 1,800 years ago. Although references to such delicate operations abound in ancient writings, discoveries of surgically perforated skulls are uncommon in Greece. (AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry) (AP) -- Greek archaeologists said Tuesday they have unearthed rare...
  • Outrage Over Parents’ Decision to Have Down Syndrome Child Undergo Cosmetic Surgery

    03/11/2008 7:07:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 39 replies · 1,072+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 10, 2008 | Staff
    The parents of a girl with Down syndrome have caused a public outcry in the U.K. by subjecting their daughter to cosmetic surgery to improve her appearance. Georgia Bussey underwent "radical and painful" cosmetic surgery three times by age 5 so she could "fit in" with her peers, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported Sunday. Parents of another girl with Down syndrome told the paper that they were also considering altering her appearance in the future so she could be more "accepted.” Critics in the U.K. slammed the parents, with some even claiming the procedures were tantamount to child abuse. However,...
  • Need Freeper's Prayers(Mother is in cardiovascular post-op CVICU)

    03/10/2008 6:16:22 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 143 replies · 1,025+ views
    10 MAR 08 | dcbryan1
    As a believer, I always see miracles and good things when God and prayer are involved. Tommorrow, at 1030hrs CST, my mother, Ann Bryan, will undergo heart surgery to replace/repair her mitrol valve in her left ventricle. She has been in the hospital for ten (10) days at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, AR under intensive antibiotics for a diagnosis of endocarditis caused by a strep infection in her blood, and on her heart valve. Anyways, we believe in the power of prayer, and I have personally witnessed miracles here on FR. Any additional prayers sent her way would be...
  • U.S. surgeon to use GPS in surgeries

    03/10/2008 6:47:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 938+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 03/10/08
    U.S. surgeon to use GPS in surgeries 2008-03-10 05:25:48 Print LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A Los Angeles surgeon will show 30 visiting orthopedic surgeons from China how he uses Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to guide him as he replaces knees, hips or leg bones in patients, a spokeswoman said on Sunday. ; "The doctor (Lawrence Menendez) uses the satellites to precisely measure legs and make sure they are even," said spokeswoman Sandra Levy at the Medical Center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Menendez delivered a speech on the new technique last...
  • Haditha girl returns home after heart surgery in U.S.

    03/09/2008 1:49:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 561+ views
    HADITHA, Iraq – A two-year-old Iraqi girl returned to Haditha March 7 after undergoing open-heart surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Ala Thabit Fattah, the girl’s father, and several family members traveled with Marines to Baghdad International Airport to meet Amenah, who departed Iraq Jan. 22 with his wife. “I am very happy. I was very worried that my daughter would not come home alive,” Fattah said. “I am very grateful for the great treatment the American people gave to my family.” The family then flew to Al Asad Airbase in Al Anbar Province, where...
  • How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives

    03/09/2008 5:52:04 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 1,490+ views
    tribune-review ^ | Tribune-Review
    How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives By The Tribune-Review Sunday, March 9, 2008 Hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they don't need them, and possibly never will, a four-month Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation found. One in 10 of those patients dies when they could have lived longer without the transplant. The rest - all at the rock-bottom of waiting lists - must resign themselves to an early battle with the burdensome risks of anti-rejection drugs and complications that can follow: infections, cancers, kidney damage, and high blood sugar. What's worse, a third of those patients get the...
  • Diabetes May Be Disorder Of Upper Intestine: Surgery May Correct It

    03/06/2008 2:52:56 PM PST · by blam · 142 replies · 1,928+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-6-2008 | New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Diabetes May Be Disorder Of Upper Intestine: Surgery May Correct ItGrowing evidence shows that surgery may effectively cure Type 2 diabetes -- an approach that not only may change the way the disease is treated, but that introduces a new way of thinking about diabetes. (Credit: iStockphoto/Jacob Wackerhausen) ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2008) — Growing evidence shows that surgery may effectively cure Type 2 diabetes — an approach that not only may change the way the disease is treated, but that introduces a new way of thinking about diabetes. A new article — published in a special supplement to the February...
  • Alberta woman delivers baby during heart surgery

    02/02/2008 3:24:56 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 5 replies · 307+ views
    CNS / National Post [Canada] ^ | Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 | Canwest News
    EDMONTON -- Two teams of surgeons in Edmonton delivered a baby while operating on the mother for a life-threatening heart rupture last month. The 36-year-old woman -- who was 35 weeks pregnant -- was airlifted from the Alberta city of Grande Prairie on Jan. 24 with a ruptured aorta - a condition that is fatal 40 per cent of the time without surgery within 48 hours. Grande Prairie is about 460 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. She was taken immediately into an operating room at the University of Alberta while a obstetrical team raced from the nearby Royal Alexandra hospital to...