Category Archives: Surgery

Study finds recent shift from mechanical heart valves to biologic version proves wrong. My personal take on this sudden, stunning revelation.

The News: New research suggests surgically implanted mechanical valves may offer better long-term survival than biologic prostheses. “We were very surprised to find the benefit of mechanical valves really outlasted… Read more »

Dirty secret about physician burnout: it’s all too real, and patient safety at risk.

The News: The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently called for healthcare organizations and other stakeholders to address physician burnout and stress, among other measures, as a means to improve patient safety… Read more »

Study suggests patients less likely to die if surgeon is female; more patient-centered care and superior communication the likely reason.

The News: Women have long struggled for equal recognition in the male-dominated medical profession, but a new study suggests that female surgeons may have the upper–and possibly steadier–hand. Patients who… Read more »

Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »

Female doctors edge males with better patient outcomes; simmer down gentleman, and perhaps learn, then do something

New research estimates that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year (among Medicare patients alone). But salaries for female physicians average some $20,000–eight percent–lower than male… Read more »

CDC Warns of Infection Risk after Open Heart Surgery; When to Worry

A federal investigation has concluded that a device used during open-heart (open-chest) surgery that infected at least 12 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital last year was probably contaminated at the plant in… Read more »

Will Surgery Robots Lead to Better Health Outcomes

Letting robots perform surgery independently may ultimately improve outcomes for patients, researchers say. In experiments on pigs, surgical stitches made by autonomous robots were as good as, or better than,… Read more »

Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

After heart disease and cancer, medical errors kill more Americans than anything else, claiming a quarter of a million lives a year, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University…. Read more »

Intuitive Surgical Reported Better-than-Expected First-Quarter Profit on Expanded Use of its Da Vinci Robots

INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC. (Sunnyvale CA) reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit on expanded use of its da Vinci robots in U.S. general surgeries such as hernia repair, and it raised its full-year… Read more »