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Latest Surgery News

Microbes Tied to Pedicle Screw Loosening, Spinal Implant Failure

Low-virulent microorganisms frequently detected on pedicle screws may be an important cause of spinal implant loosening and failure in patients without signs of infection, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Guidelines Updated for Radiotherapy After Prostatectomy

Clinical guidelines on adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy have been updated, according to the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Urological Association.

Poverty Ups Risk for Amputation After Knee Replacement

Lower socioeconomic status is associated with an increased risk for above-knee amputation after periprosthetic joint infection of the knee, according to a study recently published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Implementing Surgical Safety Checklist Reduces Mortality

There has been a significant reduction in surgical mortality during the last decade in Scotland that is partially attributable to the implementation of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist, according to a study published online April 16 in the British Journal of Surgery.