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Hospital to live tweet brain surgery, put pics on Pinterestupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:41:00

Several weeks after making history with the world's first live-tweeted open heart surgery, Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital is dusting off its social media chops again.

Akihito heart surgery 'successful'updated: Sat Feb 18 2012 02:22:00

Japanese Emperor Akihito's cardiac bypass surgery was safely completed after nearly five hours in the operating room of the University of Tokyo Hospital, Japanese national broadcaster NHK said Saturday.

Vietnam surgery removes tumor twice man's weightupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 20:29:00

A Vietnamese man is recovering in the intensive care unit Friday, a day after surgery that completely removed from his right leg a tumor twice his body weight, according to the hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke riskupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

Obese people who decide to undergo stomach surgery to speed weight loss may lower their risk of having -- and dying from -- a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.

Giuliana Rancic 'doing really well' after double mastectomy updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 17:08:00

Giuliana Rancic is in good spirits after undergoing a successful double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.

Weight loss surgery funding cutupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:04:00

Alice McCormack thought she had the answer to her decades-long battle with her weight: bariatric surgery. That was until the state health insurance's budget shortfall got in the way. Wanda Sykes: I Had a Double Mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Rather than risk a reoccurrence of breast cancer, the comedian underwent radical surgery

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:40:00

Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

Marriage helps survival after heart surgeryupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 11:19:00

Marriage is thought to have a number of health benefits, including greater longevity, less stress, and a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

Is weight loss 'sleeve' surgery a good option?updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 07:16:00

I have had a weight problem for 23 years. I have lost and regained over 400 pounds. My weight-loss doctor is offering the "sleeve." I have been told because of my gastroesophageal reflux disease that the Lap Band is not an option, nor is the more well-known gastric bypass because of a high family history of cancer. I have all the problems common in morbidly obese people, some I had even when thin. High, difficult-to-control blood sugar, blood pressure and a mild heart issue controlled by meds. The sleeve has been done only a few years -- can it be a good option for me?

Surgery is no quick fix for obese teensupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 06:27:00

At 16, Shaina weighed 242 pounds. She also had developed a complication of obesity in which pressure builds up within the skull, damaging the optic nerve.

Chimp attack victim gets face transplantupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 18:09:00

Chimp attack victim Charla Nash receives a full face transplant, but her hand transplant fails. Face Transplant Recipient Makes First Appearanceupdated: Tue May 10 2011 11:09:00

"It feels natural," says Dallas Wiens, who has a new nose, lips and skin

Face transplant patient ready to go homeupdated: Tue May 10 2011 09:12:00

Dallas Wiens wanted to feel his 4-year-old daughter's kisses again, something he couldn't do after a horrific electrical accident disfigured his face.

Full-face transplant recipient speaksupdated: Tue May 10 2011 09:12:00

America's first full-face transplant recipient says he didn't think getting a new face was medically possible.

Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeriesupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 14:31:00

Early one morning in April, Tasha Gaul and Dale Matlock took their young son, Jesse, to a hospital in Portland, Oregon, for surgery to correct his lazy eye. It was supposed to be an easy procedure: Jesse, who was 3 at the time, wouldn't even have to spend the night at the hospital.

Surgeons' 'bottle-to-scalpel' time affects errorsupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 16:34:00

If you're going under the knife, you might want to ask your surgeon what she had to drink the night before.

What vitamins, supplements should I take after weight-loss surgery?updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 08:19:00

What vitamins and supplements are recommended for people who have had weight loss surgery? And how much?

Breast cancer surgery changingupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

A new study questions the way breast cancer surgery is done. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Will liver scar tissue hurt my chances for a natural birth?updated: Wed Jan 26 2011 12:14:00

I had a liver resection in late December 2008 because of a cavernous hemangioma (an abnormal buildup of blood vessels). I now have about a 10-inch scar from about center of my rib cage following along to the outer ribcage. Are there known complications of scar tissue like this? I am eight weeks pregnant and have started to wonder if the scar tissue may be an issue for natural birth and if there may be other issues that I should be aware of.

Is it OK to have a VBAC?updated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:57:00

I'm pregnant with my third baby and am due next month. I had C-sections with the first two babies but would like to try having the baby naturally this time. People have told me that this is not safe, but I found an obstetrician who is willing to do a VBAC. What's the latest information on having a vaginal delivery after having a C-section?

Researchers urge doctors to disclose sleep fatigue before surgeryupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 20:13:00

Medical institutions should put into place policies to minimize the likelihood of a sleep-deprived doctor performing elective surgery, researchers said Wednesday in an editorial.

Mom defies doctor, has baby her wayupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 13:28:00

On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.

Happy holidays, pass the scalpelupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 07:48:00

There were hats and party blowers and papier-maché rabbits for Christine Clifford's New Year's celebration. She counted down to midnight with her husband, children, relatives and friends in the only place where she could be with them that night: her hospital room.

New options post-breast cancerupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains a new option to help breast cancer survivors who opt for surgery.

Cancer survivor's own fat gives her new breastsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

Elizabeth Anderson had to act fast when she learned she had advanced breast cancer in April 2009.

What causes new blockages to form so quickly?updated: Wed Nov 17 2010 11:01:00

My mother had triple bypass surgery one year ago. She was having chest pain again and hospitalized. There are more blockages, one right below a bypass and 70 percent blockage through a bypass. Also one bypass has failed. Her cholesterol and blood pressure are in good ranges and under control. What would have caused the new blockages so quickly from a year ago?

Study: Breast, ovary removal cuts cancer risk in high-risk womenupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 17:02:00

Women who have gene mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer can substantially reduce their chances of developing -- and dying from -- those cancers if they have their breasts or ovaries removed preemptively, according to a new study.

Fortune: Fastest-Growing's rising stars: Intuitive Surgicalupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 08:02:00

Robotic surgery is one of the hottest sectors in the global health care industry right now, and Intuitive Surgical (No. 21) has a corner on it. Intuitive sells million-dollar robotic systems that allow surgeons to remove tumors and suture skin by watching a high-definition video feed from a camera inside the patient while using a joystick and pedals to guide tiny scalpels and needles attached to flexible robotic arms.

Face transplant recipient makes first public appearanceupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 15:51:00

The world's first full face transplant recipient appeared in public for the first time Monday. The patient, identified only as Oscar, appeared at a press conference at University Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain.

How to recover faster from hip, knee surgeryupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 15:17:00

Knee and hip replacement operations can result in a lot of pain, but surgical techniques have improved significantly in the past 20 years. Star Jones Recovering After Cardiac Surgeryupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 06:48:00

"This recent surgery is a follow-up to the thoracic surgery she had 30 years ago," her rep tells PEOPLE

Navy opens review of care Murtha received in surgeryupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 21:19:00

The National Naval Medical Center has opened a review of the surgical care provided to the late Congressman John Murtha after the Pennsylvania Democrat died following surgery, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Wednesday.

Navy reviewing Murtha caseupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 21:19:00

Former Rep. John Murtha died after gall bladder surgery, and CNN's Elizabeth Cohen says the Navy is reviewing his case.

Murtha's gallbladder procedure rarely deadlyupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 12:41:00

Taking out a patient's gallbladder is routine. At least 500,000 such surgeries are done each year in the United States. It takes an hour or two, and the patient can go home that day or the next.

Surgery error link to Murtha?updated: Wed Feb 10 2010 12:41:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what may have gone wrong with Rep. John Murtha's gallbladder surgery.

Donda West law won't boost patient safety, docs sayupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 08:52:00

A new California law named for rapper Kanye West's late mother requiring a physical exam and medical history before cosmetic surgeries isn't likely to lead to better patient safety, some cosmetic surgeons said.

Hard lessons, humility for big-city doctors in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 19:37:00

Dr. Roberto Feliz and Dr. Hiba Georges were quickly jolted from the most modern of medical care in Boston, Massachusetts, to the most rudimentary of care when they flew to Haiti last week to work at a hospital housed in two tents run by the University of Miami.

Tough choices in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 19:37:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks about her experience in Haiti and how doctors there make decisions.

Doctors: Haiti medical situation shamefulupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:47:00

Four years ago, the devastating Hurricane Katrina affected millions in the United States. The initial medical response was ill-equipped, understaffed, poorly coordinated and delayed. Criticism was fierce.

What doctors don't tell you about C-sectionsupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 09:40:00

I was six months pregnant when a smiling stranger on a bus asked where I was delivering. Within minutes, this woman was sharing intimate details of her own birthing experience -- the water breaking, the contractions that failed to get closer together, and the way her doctor deftly sewed up the four-inch incision from her Caesarean section. "I'm telling you, this guy was good," she said. "Next time, I'm just scheduling my C-section. None of this pushing stuff."

Does roux-en-Y gastric bypass cure diabetes?updated: Fri Oct 30 2009 15:48:00

"60 Minutes" had a story several months ago about a type of weight-loss surgery that seemed to also cure type 2 diabetes in many people. Has more research been done on this? Do you need the full bypass of about one-third of the small intestine or just the duodenum and jejunum? My weight problem came about with/after diabetes, not before.

PTSD linked to higher post-surgery death rateupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:32:00

Post-traumatic stress disorder may be a condition of the mind, but research has implicated it in the ills of the body. Now, a new study suggests it may be associated with death after surgery.

Breast cancer care optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

After a breast cancer diagnosis, some rush to treatment. But as Elizabeth Cohen reports, experts say know your options.

Breast cancer patients: Don't rush, consider all your optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

Breast cancer patients advised to consider optionsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 16:22:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

Mom won't be forced to have C-sectionupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 09:30:00

Jeff Szabo was by his wife's side when she gave birth to their son Gabriel seven years ago, and he was right there holding Joy's hand when their younger sons Michael and Daniel were born, too.

How we're winning the war on breast cancerupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:09:00

I was 18 when I first felt a lump in my breast. Of course, I was convinced that I was going to die. This was three decades ago -- back when we knew far less about breast cancer. A general surgeon removed the lump, which, thank goodness, wasn't malignant.

Weight-loss surgery safe, but sleep apnea increases riskupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 17:25:00

Weight-loss surgery isn't risk-free, but a new study suggests that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, it may be safer than previously thought. However, some people -- including those with sleep apnea or a history of blood clots -- are more likely to have problems with surgery than others, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study: Weight-loss surgery cuts cancer risk in womenupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 16:59:00

Weight-loss surgery can sometimes reverse type 2 diabetes and ease other obesity-related conditions. Now, new research suggests that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery experience a 42 percent drop in their cancer risk.

How gunshot survivor became first to receive face transplantupdated: Sun May 10 2009 19:35:00

Doctors chose a woman who survived a shotgun wound to her face as the first recipient of a face transplant after treating her for nearly four years.

First U.S. face transplant recipient offers thanksupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:12:00

In 2004, a bullet ripped away Connie Culp's nose, cheeks and upper jaw. Metal fragments sprayed into her skull and stripped her face away, leaving nothing except for her eyes, her chin and forehead.

Woman with new face thankfulupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:12:00

Connie Culp sings the praises of the team of doctors who performed a successful face transplant on her.

Medical tourism goes globalupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 12:38:00

Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon as more people go abroad to get care. CNN's Dr. Gupta reports from India.

Lower costs lure U.S. patients abroad for treatmentupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 12:38:00

"I was a walking time bomb. I knew I had to get on that plane if I wanted to be around to see my grandkids."

5 operations you don't want to get -- and what to do insteadupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:53:00

Maybe I'm the wrong ex-patient to be telling you this: Experimental surgery erased Stage III colon cancer from my shell-shocked body six years ago. But even I've got to admit that all is not well in America's operating rooms: At least 12,000 Americans die each year from unnecessary surgery, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association report. And tens of thousands more suffer complications. Heyman: A-Rod will have surgery, return in Mayupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 23:51:00

Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez will undergo a first arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear on his right hip that's expected to keep him out six to nine weeks and has an "85 to 90 percent chance'' of allowing him to play the rest of the season. Ian Thomsen: No benefit of the doubt for often-maligned McGradyupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 16:50:00

5. Stars are high maintenance. I was on the phone last month with Pacers president Larry Bird, who was telling me what everyone already knows: To win a championship, you need an elite player.

Use of natural openings may ease weight-loss surgeryupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 15:02:00

In the fight against obesity, doctors have deployed stern warnings, dieting tips, liposuction and open-incision bariatric surgery. But some surgeons have found another avenue for weight loss.

Operating room Twitterupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 11:59:00

Surgeons use Twitter to educate about surgical proceedures in real time. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen Reports.

Surgeons send 'tweets' from operating roomupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 11:59:00

It's 7 a.m. at Henry Ford Hospital, and surgeons are preparing to remove a cancerous tumor from a man's kidney.

Face transplant patient regains self-confidenceupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 11:37:00

The woman who received the first-ever near-total face transplant in the United States told her doctor she has regained her self-confidence, said Dr. Maria Siemionow, head of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic and leader of the transplant team.

Surgeons remove healthy kidney through donor's vaginaupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 17:29:00

In what is being heralded as a "first-ever procedure," surgeons removed a healthy kidney through a donor's vagina, the Johns Hopkins Medical Center has announced.

New technique reduces trauma of lung surgeryupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:29:00

More than a decade since it was first pioneered, a technique that greatly reduces the trauma of lung surgery still isn't widely used. But that finally may be starting to change, doctors say.

Study: Elective C-section babies born before 39th week face risksupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 18:34:00

When mothers-to-be and their doctors schedule repeat elective Caesarean sections before the 39th week of pregnancy, the baby is up to twice as likely to experience serious respiratory problems and other complications, according to a study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Look inside Kennedy's brain tumor surgeryupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:52:00

Sen. Edward Kennedy announced in May 2008 that he was suffering from a brain tumor, a malignant glioma, in his left parietal lobe. He had surgery at Duke University in June 2008.

Does surgery help arthritic knees?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:42:00

Nearly one in five people in the U.S. has some form of osteoarthritis. The condition, which can affect joints, can cause severe pain and limit mobility. Arthroscopic surgery is a common form of treatment for OA of the knee, but studies on its effectiveness have shown varying results. A new study finds that arthroscopic surgery may not be the answer for many patients with OA of the knee. Gastric Bypass Surgery Less Helpful for Diabeticsupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 22:00:00

A new study suggests that the common weight-loss surgery leads to less weight loss in patients with diabetes Study Doubts Knee Surgery Benefits updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 11:00:00

Nearly a million knee surgeries are performed in North America each year to ease the pain of osteoarthritis -- but researchers say the procedure is a sham

Heart surgery pioneer diesupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 11:51:00

CNN's Michael Schulder reports on how the father of cardiovascular surgery changed modern medicine.

Experts: Two-thirds of hysterectomies unnecessaryupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 09:59:00

Too Many Hysterectomies? One-third of all women get a hysterectomy before they turn 60. Some experts think two-thirds of them don't need it.

Five diagnoses that call for a second opinionupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:53:00

After Marci Smith was told she had a malignant brain tumor, she had surgery and then made an appointment with an oncologist to receive chemotherapy and radiation.

Five ways to avoid a C-section updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:50:00

When Barbara Stratton of Baltimore, Maryland, looks back at the birth of her son, Charlie, now 7, she's angry -- angry she had a surgery she believes she didn't need.

Rate of U.S. women dying in childbirth risingupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 21:56:00

U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame. Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Deathupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 18:00:00

Two new studies show that the surgery, while not for everyone, reduces the risks of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases Are Hysterectomies Too Common?updated: Tue Jul 17 2007 11:00:00

The procedure has long been regarded as a solution to many women's health problems, but some critics say it is overused Studies Bring New Hope for Obeseupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 14:55:00

New research shows that bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, are safer and more effective than originally thought, especially for teenagers and seniors. But patients have to be sure to watch their alcohol intake

Surgery not always needed for fibroid reliefupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 16:45:00

As many as one in four women older than 35 have uterine fibroids, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 15:12:00

Drug safety questioned

Heart surgeon opts for Army lifeupdated: Tue Jul 19 2005 11:54:00

Dr. Robert Stewart has performed about 11,000 open-heart operations during his career as a cardiac surgeon, but on September 5 he will finally become what he wanted to be when he grew up -- a soldier.

First assistants give surgeons more handsupdated: Mon Jun 06 2005 17:42:00

The landing gear of the sleek corporate jet had barely brushed the runway at Burke Lakefront Airport when Mark Kapes unbuckled his seat belt and moved quickly for the door.

Cohen: Heart bypass surgery commonupdated: Fri Sep 03 2004 12:59:00

Former President Clinton will undergo heart bypass surgery as early as Saturday, sources said. Clinton, 58, was undergoing tests for chest discomfort Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Fortune: Blood Feud This little piece of metal is worth $4.5 billion this year, generates more profits than a blockbuster drug, and has supdated: Mon May 31 2004 00:01:00

It's unlikely that anyone could trace the animosity back to a single event--a gauntlet thrown, perhaps, or a backwoods crossing of swords. But to hear one side tell it, you might start in late 1995...

Crying murder when C-section refusedupdated: Fri Mar 19 2004 13:59:00

(FindLaw) -- Last week, Utah prosecutors charged a woman with murder for failing to undergo a Caesarean section ("C-section") delivery, a failure that allegedly resulted in the death of one of her unborn twins. Prosecutors have suggested that the reason the woman, Melissa Ann Rowland, refused the procedure was her desire to avoid an abdominal scar.

Money Magazine: UNDERCOVER IN A HOSPITALupdated: Thu Dec 01 1994 00:01:00

Last August I got the rare chance to spend three days inside a hospital, undercover as a consultant, following a surgeon on his rounds. The doctor set the ground rules: I was free to talk to anyone...

Fortune: WILL THE COST CUTTING IN HEALTH CARE KILL YOU? Maybe not. Quality is thriving in a few places, thanks to reform-minded doctors aupdated: Mon Oct 31 1994 00:01:00

THE SCREWS keep tightening on medical insurance, both private and government- run, and you are beginning to wonder whether this trend will be hazardous to your health. So far it isn't, judging by s...


IN ANY ten-day period, United States Surgical sales representatives visit every one of the 5,000 American hospitals where surgery is performed. They gown up and march right into operating rooms to ...

Fortune: HOW TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK Coronaries aren't what they used to be. With new medicines and < surgical procedures, more executiupdated: Mon Dec 02 1991 00:01:00

I'LL NEVER GET a heart attack. Not me. Maybe that pasty-faced guy in sales who always looks so tired. And that blimp-in-a-suit who ate all the French fries at lunch today and had pie for dessert. H...

Money Magazine: Hold That Scalpel! You need thorough research and expert guidance before you decide whether you should go under the knife. Beginupdated: Wed Feb 01 1989 00:01:00

When Janet Sarno's doctor first suggested that she needed an operation to remove her gallbladder, she had little trouble making up her mind. ''I said, 'No way,' '' the New York City actress recalls...

Fortune: MEDICAL CARE'S NEXT REVOLUTION Believe it or not, doctors often don't know which treatments pay off best for patients. A vanguarupdated: Mon Oct 10 1988 00:01:00

CONSIDER what doctors, to say nothing of patients, don't know about the value of just one procedure. Each year about 80,000 Americans get a carotid endarterectomy, a kind of Roto-Rooter job on clog...

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