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One woman's knee replacement surgery highlights its risks and limitations

One woman's knee replacement surgery highlights its risks and limitations

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This is a Kaiser Health News story. Danette Lake thought surgery would relieve the pain in her knees. The arthritis pain began as a dull ache in her early 40s, brought on largely by the pressure of unwanted weight. Lake managed to lose 200 pounds through dieting and exercise, but the pain in her knees persisted. A sexual assault two years ago left Lake with physical and psychological trauma. She damaged her knees while fighting off her attacker, who had broken into her home. Although she managed to escape, her knees never recovered. At times, the sharp pain drove her to the emergency room. Lake’s job, which involved loading luggage onto airplanes, often left her in misery. When a doctor said that knee replacement would reduce her arthritis pain by 75 percent, Lake was overjoyed. &l...
Surgery center possibly exposed thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis

Surgery center possibly exposed thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis

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More than 3,000 patients of a surgery center in Bergen County, New Jersey, may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and the HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook. A letter from the HealthPlus Surgery Center was sent out this month notifying patients who had a procedure there between January and September that they may have come in contact with various infections. "An investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens," the letter states, adding that it is important to get tested "even if you do not remember feeling s...
Spinal surgery for unborn babies to be available on NHS

Spinal surgery for unborn babies to be available on NHS

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Spinal surgery for unborn babies with the birth defect spina bifida is to be made routinely available on the NHS in England, officials have announced.The surgery involves repairing the spinal tissue of the baby while it is still in the womb.It can improve their ability to walk and reduce health problems that result from spina bifida.The procedure is among several treatments being made available on the NHS for the first time from April. Two unborn babies' spines repaired in womb Spina bifida: 'Giving babies a chance' More than 200 babies are born in the UK each year with spina bifida, where the spine and spinal cord do not develop properly during pregnancy, causing a gap in the spine. It often results in problems that include paralysis of the legs, incont...
Tiny pacemaker prototype avoids open chest surgery for infants

Tiny pacemaker prototype avoids open chest surgery for infants

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Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A pacemaker protype the size of an almond designed to make procedures for infants less invasive, less painful and more efficient has been tested on pigs. Dr. Rohan Kumthekar, a cardiology fellow at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., will show off the device and present his abstract Sunday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago. Kumthekar believes the process will lead to shorter surgeries, faster recovery times and reduced medical costs. "Placing a pacemaker in a small child is different than operating on an adult, due to their small chest cavity and narrow blood vessels," Kumthekar said in a press release. "By eliminating the need to cut through the sternu...
Minimally invasive surgery less effective than open surgery for cervical cancer

Minimally invasive surgery less effective than open surgery for cervical cancer

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Early-stage cervical cancer patients who undergo a minimally invasive hysterectomy have a worse survival outlook than open surgery of the procedure, according to two studies published simultaneously. Researchers "recommend on only using open surgery for cervical cancer" based on the results of the a epidemiologic study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. And researchers examining a phase 3 trial, published in the same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine also support only open surgery. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University participated in the studies. "Do these studies signal ...