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Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery

Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk. New research from Michigan […]

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Anesthesiologists Reveal The Craziest Things People Say After Surgery

Anyone who’s received anesthesia can attest that the medication makes them feel pretty loopy. Although many won’t remember their experience, it’s fairly common to say some wacky things after waking up. On Reddit, a user asked anesthesiologists to post the funniest things people have said while under gas. One commenter relayed how a patient stroked […]

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Patient's Chest Catches on Fire While Having Heart Surgery

All medical procedures have risks, but you don’t typically think of combustion as a common operating room problem. However, a 60-year-old Australian patient’s chest caught fire during emergency heart surgery, according to a release. So, how exactly does this happen? The patient was previously diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and had remaining air pockets, […]

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360-degree immersive video of surgeon performing cancer surgery

New technology has allowed the public to immerse themselves in a cancer operating theatre by filming a complex operation performed by Professor Tim Underwood in 360 Degrees. The seven-hour procedure on Janet Jenkins, 66, involved removing part of her esophagus and the cancerous tumour within it, before reconstructing her stomach to form a new esophagus […]

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Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings

UCLA researchers found that eliminating routine but unnecessary procedures before people undergo cataract surgery has the potential to save costs and resources for hospitals serving lower-income patients. Forgoing routine chest x-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures—which studies have found to have no clinical benefit prior to cataract surgery—was associated with a savings of $67,241 over […]

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What If You Were Your Own Blood Donor for Surgery?

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 — Heart surgery patients may fare better if they have their own blood “recycled” and given back to them during the procedure, a preliminary study suggests. The study focused on so-called “intraoperative autologous” blood donation — where patients have some blood removed at the start of surgery for their own use. […]