Surgery

Is a common shoulder surgery useless?

(HealthDay)—New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain.

Surgery

Fusion not always necessary for back pain from stenosis

(HealthDay)—Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain caused by stenosis when decompression would suffice, but is still beneficial for select patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pre-op back pain, pain sensitivity predict outcomes

(HealthDay)—Preoperative back pain and individual pain sensitivity can predict postoperative pain following lumbar surgery, according to a study published in the December issue of Pain Medicine.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pre-op pain patterns affect stenosis surgery outcomes

(HealthDay)—For patients with spinal stenosis without degenerative spondylolisthesis, predominance of back pain (BP) versus leg pain (LP) is associated with worse surgical outcomes, according to a study published in the ...

Surgery

Post-op hematoma incidence similar for decompression types

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing decompression for degenerative stenosis, the incidence of epidural hematoma is similar for different surgical approaches; however, there is a tendency toward increased postoperative hematoma ...

Surgery

Arthrodesis ups complications, costs for spondylolisthesis

(HealthDay)—For patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis, decompressive laminectomy and spinal arthrodesis is associated with lower reoperation rates, but with higher complication rates and higher overall costs than laminectomy ...

Medications

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers aren't cure-alls, FDA warns

(HealthDay)—Despite claims on some websites, there is no evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy cures or is an effective treatment for diseases such as cancer, autism, diabetes or other diseases, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

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