Are opioid prescription rates changing for US adolescents?

A new analysis reveals that rates of opioid prescribing to US adolescents have decreased in recent years, primarily limited to non-surgery indications. Opioid prescription rates for surgery have remained stable. The analysis, which is published in Pediatric Anesthesia, assessed data from the 2015–2020 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys, which are nationally representative, large-scale surveys conducted annually by the Agency for Healthcare Research […]

FDA approval for SurVeil drug-coated balloon for percutaneous transluminal angioplasty – Abbott

Surmodics, Inc. announced the receipt of FDA approval for the SurVeil drug-coated balloon (DCB). The SurVeil DCB may now be marketed and sold in the U.S. to physicians for percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, after appropriate vessel preparation, of de novo or restenotic lesions (less than 180 mm in length) in femoral and popliteal arteries having reference vessel diameters of 4 mm […]

Keytruda + chemotherapy before surgery and continued as a single agent after surgery reduced the risk of event-free survival events by 42% versus pre-operative chemotherapy in resectable Stage II, IIIA or IIIB NSCLC – Merck Inc

Merck known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, announced positive results from the pivotal Phase III KEYNOTE-671 trial evaluating Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as a perioperative treatment regimen, which includes treatment before surgery (neoadjuvant) and after surgery (adjuvant), for patients with resectable stage II, IIIA or IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). After a median follow-up of […]

Tonsillectomy both clinically and cost effective for adults

Scientists say tonsil removal is both clinically and cost effective for adults who get recurrent severe sore throats. The biggest study of its kind, carried out by Newcastle University, revealed that patients who had a tonsillectomy had 50% less sore throats over two years, compared to patients who did not undergo tonsillectomy. Publishing today (17 May) in The Lancet, the study […]

Gynecologic surgery increases risk of cardiovascular disease

A new study showed that hysterectomy alone, hysterectomy with oophorectomy, and tubal ligation were all associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The findings and their implications are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health.  Click here to read the article now. Stacey Missmer, ScD, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and coauthors, examined the association between […]

For NASH, bariatric surgery is more effective than drug treatment or lifestyle intervention

Bariatric surgery treats advanced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NASH) significantly more effectively than drug or lifestyle intervention, researchers reported on April 20, 2023 in The Lancet. Professor Francesco Rubino, MD, a senior co-investigator and Chair of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at King’s College in London said, “The presence of NASH predicts a significant risk of complications and mortality in people […]

Surgery most effective treatment of metabolic liver disease

Metabolic (bariatric) surgery is more effective than medications and lifestyle interventions for the treatment of advanced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A new paper, published today in The Lancet by King’s College London and the Catholic University of Rome, is the first to compare three active treatments of non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and to specifically investigate the effectiveness of metabolic surgery (weight […]

Single-use surgical items contribute two-thirds of carbon footprint of products used in common operations

A new analysis of the carbon footprint of products used in the five most common surgical operations carried out in the NHS in England shows that 68% of carbon contributions come from single-use items, such as single-use gowns, patient drapes and instrument table drapes. Published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the analysis highlights significant carbon contributors were […]

Cataract surgery reimbursements may not be enough for some patients

Research suggests that Medicare reimbursements for complex cataract surgery cover less than two minutes of operating time, and an increase to reimbursements for the procedure may be justified. Complex cataract surgery requires more time and resources than simple cataract surgery, and this study indicates that the incremental reimbursement for the complex surgery is not enough to offset the increased costs. “After […]

2022 heatwave struck off surgery in fifth of UK hospitals

The 2022 summer heatwave resulted in a fifth of UK hospitals being forced to cancel operations during the three days when temperatures soared, a new study reveals. Had the high temperatures continued, a further third of hospitals would have had to cancel surgery, as NHS buildings are not set up to withstand dangerously high temperatures. The team surveyed surgeons, anaesthetists, […]