A Finnish study finds bowel preparation for colon surgery unnecessary
As indicated by a recently completed Finnish study, antibiotics administration and bowel cleansing before colon surgery do not improve patients’ treatment outcomes. According to the researchers, bowel preparation, a procedure strenuous for patients, is not needed.
Starting with less-invasive procedures to restore leg blood flow as good at avoiding amputation as starting with open surgery
Less-invasive procedures to open severely-clogged leg arteries were as good at helping people survive and avoid amputation as more invasive open surgeries, according to a study reported in Circulation:Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
Global surgical guidelines drive cut in post-surgery deaths – study
The English National Health Service (NHS) reduced post-operative deaths by 37.2% following the introduction of globally recognised surgical guidelines – paving the way for life-saving action in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study reveals.
Individual nutrition shows benefits in hospital patients
Individualized nutrition not only causes hospital patients to consume more protein and calories, but also improves clinical treatment outcomes. This has been demonstrated in a study by researchers from the University of Basel and Aarau Cantonal Hospital in the journal The Lancet.
HER2 positive breast cancer: treatment de-escalation needs to be personalised
De-escalation approaches in the treatment of women with HER2 positive breast cancer need to be personalised, according to Dr Carmen Criscitiello, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy. Her comments come on the occasion of the presentation of updated research results at the inaugural ESMO Breast…
Many diseases increase the risks of hip fracture surgery
Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic diseases, alcoholism and mental health disorders increase the risk of surgical complications after a hip fracture surgery, a new Finnish study analysing nationwide registers finds.
Screening for colorectal cancer spares male patients from intense treatments
While screening for colorectal cancer did not, so far, reduce mortality, it did reduce the need for chemotherapy and emergency surgeries among male patients, shows a recent Finnish study.
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Careful patient selection is the key to achieving the best results for vaginal mesh surgery
Despite recent negative reports, data published in The Journal of Urology® indicate good outcomes and less risk of repeat surgery in patients with specific types of pelvic organ prolapse