Tag: procedure

Less-Invasive Surgery Tied to Lower Costs, Less Absenteeism

Minimally-invasive forms of heart surgery and fibroid removal may be less expensive – and cause patients to take fewer days off from work – than standard versions of the same procedures, a new study suggests. Researchers looking at six common surgeries found that if every one of them done in the U.S. in 2009 had…

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Labor Induction Does Not Increase Cesarean Risk

Low-risk pregnant women whose labor is induced at term might have no higher risk of cesarean delivery than women who deliver later, a large retrospective study suggests. In fact, perinatal outcomes may be improved. In a September 21 online paper in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Yvonne W. Cheng of the University…

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H1N1 Vaccine Safe in Pregnancy

July 10, 2012 — Exposure to adjuvanted influenza A(H1N1) vaccine before birth does not increase the risk for major birth defects, preterm birth, or fetal growth restriction, according to a study published in the July 10 issue of JAMA. Pregnant women face elevated risk for severe illness, death, and poor pregnancy outcome from influenza, and the…

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From a Vial of Mom’s Blood, a Fetus’s Entire Genome

NEW YORK (Reuters) Jul 04 – The days of pregnant women having a 3-inch-long hollow needle jabbed into their abdomens may be numbered. For the second time in a month, scientists have announced that a simple blood test, rather than more invasive tests such as amniocentesis, can determine a fetus’s genetic make-up, identifying mutations causing…

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Good Hemostasis With LigaSure in Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Operating time and blood loss during laparoscopic hysterectomy are similar whether hemostasis is achieved with LigaSure or conventional bipolar instruments, Dutch researchers say. LigaSure (Valleylab, Boulder, Colorado) desiccates vascular tissues using a feedback-programmed amount of bipolar diathermy, effectively closing vessels up to 7 mm with a seal that can withstand three times the normal systolic…

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Endometrial Ablation Has Advantages Over Hysterectomy for Heavy Menstruation

When women need treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, endometrial ablation is less likely than hysterectomy to be followed later by pelvic floor repair or surgery for urinary incontinence, a Scottish study indicates. Using population-based data, Dr. S. Bhattacharya of the University of Aberdeen and colleagues examined the risk of further surgery in more than 51,000…

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Mesh Better Than Colporrhaphy for Vaginal Prolapse, but Risks Higher

With more than 300,000 U.S. women facing surgery in the U.S. each year for pelvic-organ prolapse, a new study has concluded that the newer technique of supporting the internal organs with a mesh trampoline produces better short-term success, but complication rates are higher. The study, in the May 12th New England Journal of Medicine, comes…

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Are Endometrial Polyps Overtreated?

A metaanalysis of women who have had polypectomies suggests that postmenopausal status and abnormal bleeding are negatively associated with endometrial neoplasia. However, a second prospective analysis of patients diagnosed with polyps who were referred for follow-up rather than immediate intervention suggests that “watch and wait” might be the most prudent course in a majority of…

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Induced Fallopian Fibrosis Is Effective Permanent Birth Control

Implants that induce fibrosis of the Fallopian tubes are a safe and effective means of permanent birth control, a five-year follow-up study confirms. The study of women who had the Essure sterilization microinserts implanted was done by an independent team of Italian researchers The findings, published online March 10 in Fertility and Sterility, bolster evidence…

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Obesity May Increase Complications of Abdominal Hysterectomy

Obesity may increase the risks of bleeding and infections after abdominal hysterectomy, but a body mass index (BMI) below 20 kg/m2 also seems to increase the risks of bleeding and infection after abdominal hysterectomy and laparoscopic hysterectomy, respectively, according to the results of an observational cohort study reported online April 5 in Human Reproduction. “We found that…

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