Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Irrigation of cutaneous abscesses may not be necessary

A procedure commonly performed in emergency departments on cutaneous abscesses may not have any impact on the need for further interventions and therefore may not be necessary, according to a study published online Friday ...

Ophthalmology

Sealant gel approved for eye surgery

(HealthDay)—A sealant gel to prevent fluid leakage after cataract surgery has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cardiology

Procedure to open blocked carotid arteries tested

(Medical Xpress)—Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are investigating a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked carotid arteries in patients whose poor health or advanced age makes the ...

Surgery

Incisionless surgery corrects swallowing disorder

(Medical Xpress)—By passing surgical instruments through a patient's mouth, a team of doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has corrected a problem that prevented a woman from easily swallowing ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Benefits of single-incision laparoscopy unclear

(HealthDay)—There is limited data available to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of minimally invasive, single-incision laparoscopy, according to a technology assessment published in the August issue of Obstetrics ...

Surgery

Operating room wait time increases infection risk

(HealthDay)—The risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) is significantly elevated with lengthier waits in the operating room prior to surgical incision, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Spine.

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