Surgery

A hospital is being sued when a patient died after he underwent surgery for a stab wound

“Allen, 33, of Gary died in the hospital on Oct. 24, five days after he was admitted with a stab wound, and four days after he underwent surgery for the injury . . .

. . . After Allen’Â’s death, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered an investigation of …

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The 30-year old actress from “Meet the Parents” died of pneumonia after three hospitals missed the diagnosis
“Nicole DeHuff, who played Teri Polo’s sister in the hilarious 2000 movie, checked into three Los Angeles hospitals, but only when her problems became inoperable did doctors realize what was wrong with her. The actress’ mother Patsie says, ‘By the time she reached the third hospital, it was too late. She was unconscious.’ …

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President Clinton undergoes decortication for his pleural effusion

Former President Clinton is undergoing decortication following his bypass surgery last year:

Former President Clinton will undergo a medical procedure this week to remove fluid and scar tissue from his left chest, six months after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery, his office said Tuesday.

The procedure, known as a decortication, will remove scar tissue that has developed as a result of fluid buildup and inflammation, causing compression and collapse …

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Controlling chronic pain: One woman’s story

Pain meds weren’t enough:

Darcie Prestegard has spent much of her life coping with chronic pain, the result of a childhood accident. For years she tried to block it out, competing on the rodeo circuit despite constant sharp pains in her leg. Eventually she sought medical help for her discomfort. Surgery and various medications brought some relief, but the pain always returned. Her doctors said it might never go away completely. …

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The complex manual dexterity required to be a stellar video gamer and minimally invasive surgeon are strikingly similar

“Dr. Rosser, 50, practices what he preaches. He keeps an Xbox, along with PlayStation 2 and GameCube consoles, just a few strides from the operating room so he can warm up with a favorite, Super Monkey Ball, just before surgery.”

Possible causes of Tedy Bruschi’s stroke

As has been reported, Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has been hospitalized with some kind of intracerebral bleed. As one can imagine, this is big news here in New England.

Here’s what we know so far:

Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will remain hospitalized while he undergoes additional tests after suffering a broken blood vessel in his head, a Patriots team source told The Boston Globe on Thursday.

Bruschi, …

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Are testicular biopsies necessary for the diagnosis of testicular cancer?

Man sues over “botched” testicular surgery: Another frivolous lawsuit?
“A man is suing a hospital and one of its surgeons, claiming one of his testicles was wrongly removed during surgery.

Danny Curtis claims the surgeon at Kern Medical Center did not conduct a biopsy before arranging urgent surgery to remove a testicular tumor in July 2004, according to the lawsuit filed in Kern County Superior Court.”

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There is an anesthesiologist work slowdown in Ontario, further delaying surgeries

Anesthesiologists are often overlooked and taken for granted. If surgery was a football game, anesthesiologists would be the referees – essential to the game, but often relegated to the background.

Randomized-controlled evidence has certainly influenced medical decision making – now some suggest the same needs to be applied to surgery

Of course, there is some real medical malpractice going on

The highly publicized case of the orthopedic surgeon leaving mid-surgery to deposit a check comes to an end. The cost? A $1.25 million settlement.

West Boca Medical Center sued over woman’s death

“Barbara Masterson, 52, deteriorated from cerebral bleeding in the

emergency room of the West Boca Medical Center as hospital staff

unsuccessfully tried to find a neurosurgeon to perform life-saving

surgery, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Palm Beach County

Circuit Court.”

According to the lawyer: “They refused to take any neuromedical emergency,” Cohen said. “The hospital knew this was a …

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For holidays, putting the best face forward through surgery

“Hampton Roads doctors are facing a hectic schedule as patients try to erase, refine, or reconfigure imperfections in time for a mistletoe meeting or New Year’s revelry. The winter months, and December in particular, are the busiest time for plastic surgeons, according to American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.”

Plastic surgery seems to be a growing trend …

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Awareness during surgery, once dismissed as imaginary, is real ““ and potentially devastating

“The first thing Sidney L. Williams says he heard when he awoke in the operating room during open heart surgery two years ago was the insistent whine of a bone saw cleaving his sternum.”

The uncommon, but scary, proposition of anesthesia awareness.

FDA Statement on the Halting of a Clinical Trial of the Cox-2 Inhibitor Celebrex

“While we have not seen all available data on Celebrex, these findings are similar to recent results from a study of Vioxx (rofecoxib), another drug in the same class as Celebrex. Vioxx was recently voluntarily withdrawn by Merck. Another drug in this class, Bextra (valdecoxib) has shown an increased risk for CV events in patients after …

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Weis suit against doctors who performed stomach stapling moves ahead

Charlie Weis is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots and future head coach of the Notre Dame football team. He had the surgery because obese people don’t get hired for head coaching jobs.

Unfortunately, there were complications from the procedure and he was in a coma for two weeks.

A medical malpractice tribunal …

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Video games better than tranquilizers at keeping children calm before surgery, study finds

“Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy’s hand, researchers say.”

Pediatric studies seem much more interesting to design and conduct than studies in adult medicine.

Why Good Friends Don’t Always Make Good Doctors

“Even when someone is quite ill, the doctor can’t worry about hurting the person or the person’s feelings. Sorry, but the next biopsy or the next surgery or the next awful test must be done. Trying to soften the blow in the name of friendship invites disaster. Stated another way, a better question to ask your doctor is: ‘What would you do …

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Woman dies, hospital `can’t apologize enough’ for error

“A woman who underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm was mistakenly injected with a highly toxic antiseptic solution and died, hospital officials have admitted.”

Citing Cancer, Chief Resigns at McDonald’s

“The Australian-born Mr. Bell, the youngest chief executive and the first non-American to lead the company, was given his diagnosis a month after being named chief executive. He has been treated with surgery and chemotherapy.”

The diagnosis is colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death. Approximately one-third of people who develop it die of the disease. …

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New Malpractice Concern: Waking in Surgery

“The country’s top patient-safety watchdog group has issued an alert about the dangers of waking up during surgery — a warning that many in the legal and health professions say could trigger more malpractice suits against anesthesiologists.”

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