Can anesthesia type affect SSI incidence?
A study appearing in the August 2010 issue of Anesthesiology found that patients receiving a total hip or knee replacement in Taiwan had a higher incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) when general anesthesia was administered than when the same procedures were performed under epidural/spinal (regional) anesthesia.
Medications vs. surgery for GERD: The debate continues
Concerns over the long-term safety of acid-reducing medications and the effectiveness of current surgical techniques continue to divide digestive-disease specialists on how to best treat persistent heartburn, while leaving many suffering patients with unanswered questions.
Pain severity not improved after MI cardiac surgery
Although minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) may offer several benefits over cardiac surgery with open sternotomy, less pain during the first week postoperatively does not appear to be one of them, a Montreal research team has concluded.
Worldwide plastic surgery stats available for the first time
After a year-long process, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has produced the "ISAPS Biennial Global Survey" of plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions – representing 75% of all procedures in 2009. The ISAPS Survey marks the first time reliable international plastic surgery data has been obtained and analyzed by independent statistical specialists.
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