Latest Surgery: Misc. 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.

Percutaneous Ablation in Liver Cancer Tied to Better Outcomes

For patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, percutaneous liver ablation interventions are associated with lower in-hospital mortality, length of stay, and hospitalization costs compared with surgical procedures, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society, held from May 5 to 10 in Honolulu.

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.

Patients Satisfied With Oral Sedation for Cataract Surgery

Using oral sedation during cataract surgery does not negatively impact patient satisfaction compared with using an intravenous sedative, according to a study published online April 16 in Ophthalmology.