October 2018 Briefing – Surgery

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Surgery for October 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as […]

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Surgery for October 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Greater Weight Loss With Gastric Bypass Than Other Bariatric Sx

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with greater weight loss at one, three, and five years than sleeve gastrectomy (SG) or adjustable gastric banding (AGB), though it also has the highest rate of 30-day adverse events, according to a study published Oct. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Discharge Day Does Not Impact Readmission After Cardiac Sx

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For cardiac surgical patients, the likelihood of readmission has no association with day of discharge, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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AMA Announces Initiative to Reinvent Physician Training

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced a new $15 million competitive grant initiative, the “Reimagining Residency” initiative, aimed at improving residency training.

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Accepting Increased-Risk Donor Heart Tied to Higher Survival

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Acceptance of a heart from an increased-risk donor (IRD) is associated with a significant survival benefit, according to a research letter published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Many Hospitals Noncompliant With Record Request Regulations

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Among top-ranked U.S. hospitals, data reveal discrepancies in information provided to patients regarding medical records release processes as well as noncompliance with state and federal regulations, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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Smoking Associated With Head, Neck Surgery Complications

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smoking is associated with increased rates of postoperative wound disruption and subsequent reoperation among patients undergoing free flap reconstruction of the head and neck, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Cardiac Implant Prices Higher in U.S. Than EU Countries

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cardiac implant prices are two to six times higher in the United States than in Germany, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

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