Surgery

Some surgeons in India are performing coronary bypass surgeries while the patient remains awake

“In the awake coronary artery bypass (ACAB) surgery, an epidural anesthesia is applied to the patient at a point at the top of the spine. ‘The area below the neck becomes numb. It is not paralyzed as the patient continues to breathe normally,’ Dr Honnekeri explains.

As a result of the type of anesthesia, the …

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A jackpot jury award causes another patient to increase their damages request

“Me too!”: A jackpot jury award causes another to up their request for damages

“If a Portsmouth man can win $800,000 in damages because someone left a towel inside him after a surgery three years ago, then a 69-year-old Courtland woman who endured the same thing might deserve an equal award . . .

. . . BrownÂ’s medical malpractice lawsuit, expected to be heard by a jury later …

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A local surgeon is pissed that New Hampshire insurance companies are denying coverage for bariatric surgery

“While we are not there yet, we have taken the first step toward tolerating discrimination with regard to medically necessary procedures.”

A doctor is in trouble for making up skin cancers

“Every biopsy Dr. Michael A. Rosin took was diagnosed as cancerous, they said. He even once performed skin cancer surgery after reviewing a slide that contained a piece of chewing gum, placed there by a laboratory technician who had lost the skin specimen, according to court records obtained Thursday . . .

. . . Rosin, 54, told his …

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A plaintiff’s witness explains why he testifies against other doctors

A view from the other side: A plaintiff’s witness explains why he testifies against other doctors

“These closings of the professional ranks continue to be common practice because the medical profession — not just neurosurgery — has no set standards of practice. With no standards for medical behavior, no one can be faulted, and doctors have a free hand in what they choose to do or not to do.”

A surgeon is sued when a patient developed arterial blood clots after ankle surgery
The case ended in a mistrial. An arterial blood clot is uncommon: “The defense, however, argued that Horrell’s particular complication after her surgery was utterly unheard of and that Fugate could not have been reasonably expected to discern it.”

Perhaps the patient had some underlying heart disease that led to arterial emboli:

The majority of …

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Surgery on the cheap: 60 Minutes reports on the growing medical tourism trend

A plastic surgeon has been reprimanded after he left a patient in the middle of an operation to perform surgery down the street at another hospital

A plastic surgeon is facing penalties after he dated and subsequently married a television news reporter on whom he’d performed surgery

“Bergman, 56, married the former Bobbi Silvernail in 2002, while she was a 28-year-old anchorwoman at WHO-TV. The couple said that they met when she went to him for breast-augmentation surgery. “It’s almost a cliche. ‘Rich plastic surgeon marries young girl,’ he joked in an interview shortly before the …

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A patient caught fire during emergency heart surgery
“The male patient, who was not identified, went up in flames after alcohol poured on his skin was ignited by a surgical instrument.”

A doctor is being sued for not providing heparin for DVT prophylaxis after a hysterectomy

A 46-year old woman died from a blood clot after undergoing a laparscopically assisted hysterectomy three days earlier. She was given compression boots, but the doctor was sued because he “should have provided his wife a prescription blood thinner like heparin.”

An elective hysterectomy would be classified as a moderate risk surgery, and …

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A patient wins a malpractice suit for a known complication
“One of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever in Kent County awarded in court Wednesday: $1.6 million to a woman from Newaygo.

Jackie Bartolome had a goiter removed from her throat in August 2000. After surgery, she had a raspy voice, gasping for air even after simple tasks. A jury said doctors made a mistake, and awarded her for …

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona hospitalized
“Boston manager Terry Francona was taken to a hospital Wednesday with tightness in his chest, and was expected to miss the Red SoxÂ’s afternoon game against the Yankees.

Francona, who turns 46 on April 22, said all morning he was not feeling well, according to general manager Theo Epstein. Francona was taken by ambulance to New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.”

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Canada weighs free health care versus long waits

“Americans who flock to Canada for cheap flu shots often come away impressed at the free and first-class medical care available to Canadians, rich or poor. But tell that to hospital administrators constantly having to cut staff for lack of funds, or to the mother whose teenager was advised she would have to wait up to three years for surgery to repair …

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A doctor was sued after penis lengthening surgery ruined the patient’s libido

“Eric Neuberger, 31, contends his pre-operation libido let him ‘engage in intercourse approximately 30 to 50 times a month.’

But his sexual appetite was destroyed by Dr. Rodney Barron’s work, Neuberger said.”

Not sure that phalloplasty commonly causes a decreased libido. Any urologists care to comment?

Today is National Doctors Day!

“* The first Doctors Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Cha Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. (On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long of Barrow County, Ga., used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck.)

* The Barrow …

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A plastic surgeon was sued for causing a fire during an eye lift procedure

“Shafer was using an electrocauterizing tool to seal off small blood vessels in Corrado’s eyelids when the device generated a spark that caused a flash fire over Corrado’s face.

The fire spread to surgical draping around Corrado’s head and along a plastic tube that had been run up her neck, taped to her chin and …

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The obsession with cosmetic surgery is obscuring the real work plastic surgeons do

“The British Association of Plastic Surgeons even said some people saw them in a similar vein as hairdressers.”

Tedy Bruschi’s patent foramen ovale (PFO) caused his stroke

It was just reported that Tedy Bruschi is undergoing surgery for a hole in his heart:

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi — who once played for the University of Arizona – is back in the hospital tonight, according to sources in Tucson and Boston.

The team isn’t confirming this news yet, but KOLD News 13 has learned Bruschi is undergoing surgery to repair a hole in his heart. …

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WBC as a screen for heart disease?
There is an orgy of news stories reporting today’s release that an elevated WBC can predict heart disease:

Healthy women’s heart risk may be predicted by a $25 blood test commonly performed during doctor’s visits or before surgery, according to a study in the March 15 Archives of Internal Medicine.

Problem is, using a WBC to screen for heart disease is foolhardy – …

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