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Costs of Emergency Vs Elective Surgery | News Brief

Study investigators estimate that even a modest reduction in the proportion of emergency procedures performed for three conditions could save nearly $1 billion over 10 years in the United States. Adjusted average cost differences for emergency versus elective care were 30% higher for abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs, 17% higher for CABG surgery, and 53% for colon resections.…

Comparing Appendiceal Abscess Approaches | News Brief

Laparoscopic surgery appears to be safe and feasible as a first-line treatment for appendiceal abscesses when performed by experienced surgeons, according to a study. Readmission rates were 3% for patients who underwent laparoscopy and 27% for those assigned to conservative treatment.…

Coaching Enhances Surgical Skills | News Brief

Individualized comprehensive surgical coaching appears to enhance surgical training and result in superior skill acquisition when compared with conventional training, according to published research. Surgical trainees who received coaching scored significantly higher on a procedure-specific skill tests and made fewer technical errors.…

Predicting Postoperative Readmission | News Brief

University of Wisconsin researchers suggest that bleeding disorders, long operative times, in-hospital complications, functional status, and the need for a higher level of care at discharge appear to predict 30-day readmission in general surgery patients. A nomogram that was developed by the study investigators based on these predictors accurately predicted readmission.…

Comparing Hernia Repair Approaches | News Brief

Among patients with a small umbilical or epigastric hernia, mesh repair appears to halve the long-term risk of recurrence when compared with sutured repair. Researchers found recurrence rates of 10% after mesh repair and 21% after sutured repair. The incidence rate of chronic pain was about 5% for both approaches.…

Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update

Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update | Feature

Experts in cardiology have released an updated guideline on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Applying these guidelines in an effective, patient-centered way may help decrease the public health burden of AF.

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented | Feature

Most patients with mild, stable angina assume that PCI prevents heart attacks and are likely to choose the procedure, according to published research. Explicit and explanatory information may help overcome potential biases and influence decision making for elective PCI.

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon | Feature

Rather than push for mandatory retirement ages for surgeons, innovative programs for aging surgeons may help balance patient safety and liability risks with the dignity of the surgeon and their value as a resource to society.

Patient Dies 90 Min After Live Broadcast Surgery

Patient Dies 90 Min After Live Broadcast Surgery | Guest Blog

"Was the delay in deciding to open influenced by the presence of an audience of 100 surgeons expecting to see a laparoscopic liver resection?"

Transapical Vs Transfemoral TAVR | News Brief

American researchers suggest that vasculopathic patients who undergo transapical transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) appear to be more likely to experience adverse events and longer recovery times when compared with those who undergo transfemoral TAVR. However, no differences were observed in stroke risk, and aortic regurgitation was less likely with the transapical approach.…


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