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THIS JUST IN February 2012  

Dentist pleads guilty to using paper clips in root canal surgeries

Dentist Michael Clair pleaded guilty to charges claiming he used paper clips instead of the appropriate stainless steel posts during root canal surgeries in order to save money. He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison, with five years of probation and was suspended from practice. Many patients came forward with claims of pain and infection, caused by Dr. Clair’s procedures.

New options for breast reconstruction after radiation therapy

Breast cancer patients who have undergone radiation therapy now have the option to use fat grafting instead of implants for breast reconstruction. Implants have a high risk of radiation-induced complications, and this new technique using the woman’s abdomen tissue is proving to be a much safer option.

Study suggests that avoiding certain foods pre-surgery, may reduce physical stress post-surgery

Recent studies on dietary intervention prior to surgical procedures suggest that by eliminating foods with amino acid tryptophan, patients are better able to recover and stay healthy post-surgery. The study at Harvard School of Public Health found that the simple dietary restrictions reduced stress, and increased the rate of survival in patients.

Prostatectomy patients more confident with robotic surgery after education

A study conducted by Duke University indicated that patients who received education and discussed expectations regarding robotic surgery were more optimistic about the procedure. Patients felt that faster recovery times and a quick return to sexual activity made robotic surgery a better choice over traditional prostatectomy procedures. The study discussed patient education, and the necessary patient responsibility of researching skilled surgeons prior to undergoing traditional or robotic surgery.


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