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An appendicectomy (or appendectomy) is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. This procedure is normally performed as an emergency procedure, when the patient is suffering from acute appendicitis. In the absence of surgical facilities, intravenous antibiotics are used to delay or avoid the onset of sepsis; it is now recognized that many cases will resolve when treated non-operatively. In some cases the appendicitis resolves completely; more often, an inflammatory mass forms around the appendix. This is a relative contraindication to surgery.
Rural hospitals may work well for straightforward surgeries in relatively healthy patients

Rural hospitals may work well for straightforward surgeries in relatively healthy patients

They may be in small towns. They may only have a couple of surgeons. But for common operations, they may be safer and less expensive than their larger cousins, a new study finds. [More]
Pediatric surgeons who perform very few procedures after graduation may have hard time in the long run

Pediatric surgeons who perform very few procedures after graduation may have hard time in the long run

Some pediatric surgeons perform so few rare and complex procedures once they finish their surgical training that they may have a hard time maintaining operative skills in the long run, according to a new study led by researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. [More]
Antibiotic treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase risk for complications

Antibiotic treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase risk for complications

Using antibiotics as the primary treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase the risk for complications at least in the first year. But other considerations must also be taken into account, say researchers. [More]
Study examines effect of nonoperative treatment for appendicitis

Study examines effect of nonoperative treatment for appendicitis

It is too early to change the standard treatment of appendicitis in U.S. adults to initial antibiotic therapy only, rather than surgical removal of the appendix, or appendectomy, authors of a new systematic review study conclude. [More]
New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
NanoString Technologies will donate to honor cancer survivors featured in its newest campaign

NanoString Technologies will donate to honor cancer survivors featured in its newest campaign

To honor six cancer survivors featured in its newest international ad campaign, NanoString Technologies, Inc. will donate $6,000 to the American Cancer Society. The “Dear Cancer Researcher” participants courageously shared their personal stories of triumph to help the biotechnology company launch its newest product, nCounter SPRINT™ Profiler, a system that gives researchers the tools and opportunity to think beyond current everyday practice. [More]
Study finds significant decline in CT usage at children's hospitals for common childhood diagnoses

Study finds significant decline in CT usage at children's hospitals for common childhood diagnoses

A study published online Aug. 24 by the journal Pediatrics finds a significant decrease in the use of computed tomography (CT) scans at children's hospitals for 10 common childhood diagnoses including seizure, concussion, appendectomy and upper respiratory tract infection. [More]
Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Among patients with uncomplicated appendicitis, antibiotic treatment did not meet a prespecified level of effectiveness compared with appendectomy, although most patients who received antibiotic therapy did not require an appendectomy, and for those who did, they did not experience significant complications, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA. [More]
WHO report: Percentage of obese population set to rise in European nations

WHO report: Percentage of obese population set to rise in European nations

Although the dangers of obesity have become increasingly clear in recent years, new research from the World Health Organization suggests that the number of people who are obese around the world will only increase. The most recent report analyzed all of the European nations and concluded that the percentage of obese citizens is set to rise in nearly every country. [More]
Controlling acute and chronic pain in women

Controlling acute and chronic pain in women

Despite the variety of effective treatments, and physicians who specialize in treating pain, women often suffer unnecessarily from conditions ranging from backaches to pain after cancer surgery, and also treat their pain with medications that may be ineffective and possibly harmful, according to a review of research related to women and pain by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. [More]
Surgical treatment of obesity, diabetes as safe as other commonly performed surgical procedures

Surgical treatment of obesity, diabetes as safe as other commonly performed surgical procedures

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes, once considered a high-risk procedure, carries a complication and mortality rate comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in America, including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, and total knee replacement, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. [More]

Covidien expands Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio

Covidien plc today announced the expansion of its Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance of three additional device lengths: 13 cm, 26 cm, and 48 cm. [More]
New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

Implementation of an algorithm aimed to diagnose pediatric patients with suspected appendicitis reduces the utilization of computed tomography (CT) scans, without affecting diagnostic accuracy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center researchers have found. The study was recently published in the journal Surgery. [More]
Use of minimally invasive surgery varies widely across US hospitals

Use of minimally invasive surgery varies widely across US hospitals

Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents a major disparity in the surgical care delivered at various hospitals, the study's authors say, and identifies an area of medicine ripe for improvement. [More]
Antibiotics present a safe option for treating children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Antibiotics present a safe option for treating children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. [More]
Study: Patients more likely to die in hospitals when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

Study: Patients more likely to die in hospitals when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

Patients are more likely to die after common surgical procedures when they are cared for in hospitals with heavier nurse workloads and fewer nurses with bachelor's degrees, concludes the largest investigation of nursing and hospital outcomes in Europe to date, published in The Lancet. [More]
EvergreenHealth named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in three specialty areas

EvergreenHealth named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in three specialty areas

EvergreenHealth today announced it has earned several distinctions for 2014 across many of the health care system's specialties from Healthgrades, the nation's leading independent provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about a physician or hospital. [More]
Researchers develop new guidelines to govern amount of blood ordered for surgical patients

Researchers develop new guidelines to govern amount of blood ordered for surgical patients

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed new guidelines - the first in more than 35 years - to govern the amount of blood ordered for surgical patients. [More]
Data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgery vary: Report

Data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgery vary: Report

A review of the available medical literature suggests that data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgery are limited and vary widely in methodologic quality, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. [More]
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