Surgery

Patient factors may predict opioid use after discharge

(HealthDay)—Certain factors may help clinicians identify which patients are more likely to have greater opioid use in the first month after major surgery, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in the Annals of Surgery.

Surgery

Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery

Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current ...

Cardiology

No indication of 'July effect' in context of cardiac surgery

(HealthDay)—In the context of cardiac surgery, there is no indication of a "July effect," describing worse outcomes in the first month of training, according to a study published online July 25 in the Annals of Thoracic ...

Oncology & Cancer

Lung cancer: Less invasive surgery for faster recovery

Every day, 78 Canadians receive a diagnosis of lung cancer, the most deadly form of cancer in the country. Some of them will have one of the lobes of a lung removed by thoracotomy, a common, but risky surgical procedure that ...

Health

2019 residency match day was largest in history

(HealthDay)—The 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with a record high of 38,376 applicants for 35,185 positions, according to 2019 Match Day results released by the National Resident Matching Program.

Cardiology

Brain health not affected by major heart surgery

Patients who undergo heart surgery do not experience major memory changes—either better or worse—when compared with those who have a much less invasive, catheter-based procedure, according to a study published online ...

Oncology & Cancer

Awake VATS can be safe option for some lung cancer patients

(HealthDay)—Awake video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (AVATS) is a safe and feasible technique for patients with poor lung function and lung cancer, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the ...

Surgery

Walk test IDs risk of cognitive dysfunction post cardiac surgery

(HealthDay)—The six-minute walk distance (6MWD) test is useful in identifying patients with a higher likelihood of developing postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) following cardiac surgery, according to a study published ...

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