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Sexual Function in Women After Bariatric Surgery

Published reports have consistently shown that obesity impairs quality of life (QOL) and can contribute to depression as well as body image dissatisfaction. “Weight loss typically improves most aspects of QOL, but one aspect that is often overlooked in clinical research is sexual health,” says David B.…

Relieving Pain in Colorectal Surgery

Researchers have developed enhanced recovery pathways (ERP) to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions in colorectal surgery patients. “ERP protocols use a set of standardized pre- and postoperative orders,” explains Conor P. Delaney, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS. “Research clearly shows that these protocols can help speed recovery and improve outcomes.” ERP protocols emphasize early mobilization after surgery, optimal analgesia, and control of intravenous fluid volumes.…

Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Assessing Long-Term Results

Proton therapy appears to be highly effective for low-,intermediate-, and high-risk prostate cancer patients and offers the added benefits of being minimally toxic. The procedure appears to have excellent patient-reported outcomes among men with the disease.

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Sexual Function in Women After Bariatric Surgery

Published reports have consistently shown that obesity impairs quality of life (QOL) and can contribute to depression as well as body image dissatisfaction. “Weight loss typically improves most aspects of QOL, but one aspect that is often overlooked in clinical research is sexual health,” says David B.…

Diagnosing & Staging Esophageal Cancer

The overall 5-year survival rates for esophageal cancer are less than 15%. Although esophagectomy has been the traditional gold standard for early stage disease, optimal treatment for localized disease has generated debate in light of the overall poor survival rate. In 2013, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) published a set of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of localized esophageal cancer in Annals of Thoracic Surgery.…

Transradial Angiography: Coming to a Consensus

A consensus statement has been issued on the best practices for transradial angiography and interventions.The recommendations aim to ensure high-quality patient care as transradial access becomes increasingly popular in catheter-based procedures.

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Antibiotics for Appendicitis? I’m Still Not Convinced

What if nonoperative management of appendicitis leads to sepsis? What do you suppose a lawyer would say?

Pathology vs Surgery: The Frozen Section Encounter

Surgeons and pathologists, is this an accurate depiction of your encounters? Tell us what you think.

Source: mjcascio.…

Anesthesiologists Are Having a Bad Year

"About the only thing this anesthesiologist allegedly didn't do was tell a child that the Tooth Fairy isn't real."

NEWS BRIEFS

Smart Knife Detects Cancer Cells During Tumor Surgery

An “intelligent knife” that can immediately determine whether tissue is healthy or cancerous was 100% accurate in the first study to test the device in the operating room.

Known as the iKnife, the innovative tool combines electrosurgery with rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry.…

Avoiding Readmission After CABG

Researchers from New York suggest that readmissions after CABG may be reduced through careful postoperative surveillance for risk factors and frequent causes of readmission. The study team found that cardiac and pulmonary complications, including pleural effusions, were frequent reasons for readmission.…

Surviving Surgery After Early Stage Breast Cancer

Among patients with early stage breast cancer, breast-conserving therapy with radiation appears to be associated with a better disease-specific survival (DSS) when compared with mastectomy. A large investigation revealed that DSS results were greater among women aged 50 and older with hormone receptor (HR)-positive disease than for younger women with HR-negative disease.…

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