Tag: Surgery and Surgeons

Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find

The findings of a large federal study on bypass surgeries and stents call into question the medical care provided to tens of thousands of heart disease patients with blocked coronary arteries, scientists reported at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association on Saturday. The new study found that patients who received drug therapy alone […]

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Women Should Be Warned of Breast Implant Hazards, F.D.A. Says

Women considering surgery to receive breast implants should be warned in advance of the risk of serious complications, including fatigue, joint pain and the possibility of a rare type of cancer, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday. Agency officials are urging manufacturers to print a boxed warning on the packaging of the implants, […]

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Dr. Bernard Fisher, Who Revolutionized Breast Cancer Treatment, Dies at 101

Dr. Bernard Fisher, a University of Pittsburgh surgeon whose research transformed the way breast cancer is treated, bringing an end to the routine use of the debilitating radical mastectomy, died on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He was 101. The university announced his death on Saturday. Dr. Fisher’s research, which began in the late 1950s and spanned […]

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Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in Treating Severe Depression

For more than a decade, doctors have been using brain-stimulating implants to treat severe depression in people who do not benefit from medication, talk therapy or electroshock sessions. The treatment is controversial — any psychosurgery is, given its checkered history — and the results have been mixed. Two major trials testing stimulating implant for depression […]

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Dr. Robert McClelland, Who Tried to Save President Kennedy, Dies at 89

Dr. Robert McClelland, a surgeon who tried to help revive a mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy in 1963 after he was shot in Dallas, died on Sept. 10 in an assisted living facility in that city. He was 89. His granddaughter Megan Moss said the cause was kidney failure. Dr. McClelland was in an […]

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Cancer Patients Tell Us About Clothing for Changing Bodies

Susan Gubar’s column, Living With Cancer, recently addressed the challenges of finding clothes to accommodate a body altered by cancer surgery and treatment. “Every time doctors reshaped my anatomy, I found myself flummoxed in my closet,” she wrote. “I was confounded about attire, so I resorted to sweatpants and rarely left the house.” We asked […]

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Troubled Children’s Hospital May Resume Heart Surgeries

A North Carolina children’s hospital that stopped performing complex heart surgeries in recent months after high death rates were disclosed may now resume the procedures, according to an advisory board that was examining the hospital’s practices. The board noted “significant investment and progress” had been made at North Carolina Children’s Hospital while suggesting areas for […]

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Every year, hundreds of thousands of obese Americans undergo weight-loss surgery in a last-ditch effort to shed pounds and control their Type 2 diabetes. Now a new study suggests that bariatric surgery may also have other significant health benefits, cutting the overall risk of serious cardiovascular events and premature death by almost half. The study, […]

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Surgeons Labored to Save the Wounded in El Paso Mass Shooting

The woman, grievously wounded in the mass shooting at a Walmart, lay on an operating table at the University Medical Center of El Paso as the chief of surgery, Dr. Alan Tyroch, turned her to clean the exit wounds. He knew what to expect, but it was still a horrific sight. She had two gaping […]

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A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)

CANCUN, Mexico — Donna Ferguson awoke in the resort city of Cancun before sunrise on a sweltering Saturday in July. She wasn’t headed to the beach. Instead, she walked down a short hallway from her Sheraton hotel and into Galenia Hospital. A little later that morning, a surgeon, Dr. Thomas Parisi, who had flown in […]

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For a Torn A.C.L., Considering Repair Rather Than Replacement

My son Erik, then 23, was playing basketball when an opponent stepped on his foot and the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee ruptured with an audible pop. This critically important ligament, best known as the A.C.L., is a ropelike structure that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone), stabilizing the […]

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Neil Armstrong Died After Heart Surgery. That May Have Been Avoidable.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died in 2012 at age 82 after what should have been routine heart surgery. When nurses removed wires linked to a temporary pacemaker, he bled profusely into the membrane surrounding the heart. He died a week later. The medical details, disclosed this week by The […]

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Conjoined Twins, Linked at Skull, Are Separated in London Hospital

LONDON — When Zainab Bibi gave birth to her eighth and ninth children — twin girls — it was five days before she was well enough to be introduced to them. All she knew was that they had both survived the cesarean section and were healthy. At the hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, she was given […]

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Chief During Turmoil at Children’s Hospital May Be Next UNC President

As the University of North Carolina begins its formal search for a permanent president, a likely top candidate is the former head of the state-owned medical system, which is now being investigated over turmoil at its children’s hospital during his tenure. Dr. William L. Roper, who since January has been interim president of the university, […]

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UNC Children’s Hospital Suspends Most Complex Heart Surgeries

North Carolina Children’s Hospital will suspend the most complex heart surgeries until state and federal regulators and a group of outside experts complete investigations into the Chapel Hill institution, according to a statement on Monday from the hospital. UNC Health Care, which runs the hospital and is affiliated with the University of North Carolina, also […]

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‘It’s Binding or Suicide’: Transgender and Non-Binary Readers Share Their Experiences With Chest Binders

A recent Times article on chest binding prompted a discussion among readers about the practice, which some transgender and gender-nonconforming people use to compress their breasts and treat body dysphoria, as well as how we covered it. We wanted to hear more from people who have used chest binders, so we asked readers to tell […]

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