Category Archive for: ‘Surgery’

In Medicine, Falling for Fake Innovation

May 27, 2012, 7:49 pm By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL THE sleek, four-armed “da Vinci” robot has been called a breakthrough technology for procedures like prostate surgery. “Imagine,” the manufacturer says, “having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities.” That’s just the kind of …

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Hip Procedure Grows Popular Despite Doubt

By GINA KOLATA Published: November 15, 2011 It is one of the most popular operations in sports medicine. It comes in various forms, all with the same name: Hip impingement or bone shaving surgery. World-renowned athletes have had the operation — the Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez had it about two years ago and the sprinter Tyson Gay had it …

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Pain Beyond Words, and an Impulse Just to Endure

September 21, 2009www.nytimes.comDanna Jennings In each case, I was humbled by pain that to me seemed to transcend the basic medical scale of 1 (mildest) to 10 (most severe). And pain is a path to humility. When it hurts just to wriggle up in bed, elbows digging into the mattress for support, you generally don’t think of yourself as sitting …

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Surgery for Neck Pain May Also Relieve Headaches

August 12, 2009HealthDay Newsajc.com Surgery can significantly improve headaches associated with neck problems, according to the results of a patient survey. The study included 1,004 patients, aged 25 to 78, who had two types of cervical neck operations — arthroplasty (disk replacement) or arthodesis (spine fusion). Before the surgery, 86.4 percent of the patients reported headaches — 34.1 percent had …

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