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A hernia is protrusion of an organ or the muscular wall of an organ through the cavity that normally contains it. A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes upwards into the mediastinum through the esophageal opening in the diaphragm.
University of Utah-led study suggests that readmission to same hospital important for recovery

University of Utah-led study suggests that readmission to same hospital important for recovery

Up to 22 percent of surgical patients experience unexpected complications and must be readmitted for post-operative care. A study led by the University of Utah suggests that returning to the same hospital is important for recovery. Readmission to a different hospital was associated with a 26 percent increased risk for dying within 90 days. [More]
Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Professional physician associations consider certain routine tests before elective surgery to be of low value and high cost, and have sought to discourage their utilization. [More]
Study shows link between upright locomotion and spinal health

Study shows link between upright locomotion and spinal health

A Simon Fraser University researcher has uncovered what may be the first quantified evidence demonstrating a relationship between upright locomotion and spinal health. [More]

Female hernias are often missed and misdiagnosed

Because only 8 percent of all hernia patients are women, there are only a tiny handful of specialists who focus on the occurrence and treatment of female hernias. [More]
EnteroMedics, American HealthCare Lending partner to support patient access to vBloc Therapy

EnteroMedics, American HealthCare Lending partner to support patient access to vBloc Therapy

EnteroMedics Inc., the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced that the Company has entered into a partnership with American HealthCare Lending to provide funding for patient access to vBloc Therapy, delivered via the Maestro Rechargeable System, for the treatment of obesity. [More]
New study opens door to preventative treatments for congenital diaphragmatic hernia

New study opens door to preventative treatments for congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is not as well known as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but like them it is a life-threatening birth defect, and is just as common. Occurring in one in 3,000 births, CDH causes the guts and liver to protrude through a defective diaphragm and into the chest cavity, where they interfere with the lungs. [More]
Minimally-invasive surgery offers long-term cost savings for healthcare system, less trauma for patients

Minimally-invasive surgery offers long-term cost savings for healthcare system, less trauma for patients

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), Medtronic plc today highlighted new data demonstrating that patients who underwent minimally invasive colon resection procedures were able to leave the hospital faster, visit their doctors less for follow up care and take fewer medicines than those who underwent open surgery. [More]
NHS savings plan led to cuts in some ‘ineffective’ treatments

NHS savings plan led to cuts in some ‘ineffective’ treatments

The drive to reduce NHS spending led to a drop in some treatments considered ‘low-value’, according to new research. [More]
New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

There are many variables that contribute to a patient's risk of chronic pain after surgery; physicians are still exploring ways to identify those variables prior to surgery. [More]
Readmissions after surgery associated with new postdischarge complications, shows study

Readmissions after surgery associated with new postdischarge complications, shows study

In a study that included readmission information from nearly 350 hospitals, readmissions the first 30 days after surgery were associated with new postdischarge complications related to the surgical procedure and not a worsening of any medical conditions the patient already had while hospitalized for surgery, according to a study in the February 3 issue of JAMA. [More]
Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons published today in JAMA suggests that penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions following surgery may be ineffective, and even counterproductive, for improving the quality of hospital care in America. [More]
Gastroenterology publishes landmark data from RESPECT study of Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure

Gastroenterology publishes landmark data from RESPECT study of Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure

EndoGastric Solutions announces that Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute and the most prominent journal in the field of gastrointestinal disease, has published landmark data from the first-ever blinded, randomized, sham- and placebo-controlled clinical study of the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure. [More]
Dr. Shirin Towfigh reveals possible symptoms that may help identify sports hernias

Dr. Shirin Towfigh reveals possible symptoms that may help identify sports hernias

When playing sports that involve rapid bursts, twists, and movements, a variety of groin injuries, including hernias, can occur. No matter how strong or flexible someone is, their lower abdominal wall can still weaken because of constant or particularly straining rapid movement. [More]
Key steps to improve care for pregnant mothers and babies affected by CDH

Key steps to improve care for pregnant mothers and babies affected by CDH

A new study has revealed key steps for hospitals to improve care for pregnant mums and babies affected by a life-threatening condition. [More]

Covidien introduces ReliaTack articulating reloadable fixation device for laparoscopic hernia repair

Covidien plc today announced the launch of ReliaTack articulating reloadable fixation device, the first and only of its kind for laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair. [More]
Henrik Kehlet recognized with ASA's 2014 Excellence in Research Award

Henrik Kehlet recognized with ASA's 2014 Excellence in Research Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists today presented Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research which have had an important impact on anesthesiology as a medical specialty. [More]
'Drive-by doctoring' during surgery can add a surprise to the bill

'Drive-by doctoring' during surgery can add a surprise to the bill

The New York Times examines the growing -- and lucrative -- practice among doctors to call in colleagues to consult during a surgery or afterward. The need is sometimes questionable, and patients often don't even know the second doctor was involved until the bill arrives. [More]
American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, shows research

American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, shows research

Compared with women, American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, research shows, a disparity fueled in part by the lack of standard clinical guidelines on the types and timing of exams, tests and treatments that should be offered to all men of reproductive age. [More]
Three Clemson startup companies receive $25,000 in seed money from USAP

Three Clemson startup companies receive $25,000 in seed money from USAP

Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) announced that three Clemson startup companies have each received $25,000 in seed money from the University Sponsored Application Program (USAP) offered by SC Launch. [More]
Do small military hospitals meet the grade?

Do small military hospitals meet the grade?

The New York Times takes a critical look at small military hospitals where the limited number of patients may compromise doctors' ability to treat serious problems. Other stories look at a surge in surgery prices and at programs to standardize children's surgical care. [More]
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