Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Minority patients in the United States are less likely to get knee replacement surgery, but more likely to have complications when they do, a new study finds.

New Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Some Breast Cancers

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New surgery guidelines for certain breast cancer patients could reduce both unnecessary surgeries and recurrence rates, three U.S. cancer groups say.

Surgery Effective Against Immune Disorder That Weakens Muscles

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Removing the thymus gland is an effective treatment for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder that causes life-threatening muscle weakness, researchers report.

Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With abuse of opioid painkillers a major public health threat in the United States, many worry that post-surgical use might trigger addiction.

Cancer Surgeons Advise Against Removal of Healthy Breast

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only certain women with cancer in one breast should have their healthy breast removed in an attempt to prevent cancer, a leading group of breast surgeons maintains.

Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A meniscal tear is a common and disabling knee injury affecting many Americans at some point in their lives.

Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesia eases the pain of millions of children who must have surgery every year, but parents who are worried about the safety of these medications should talk to their anesthesiologist about their fears, experts advise.

Cornea Transplants Riskier for Women When They Come From Men?

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo a cornea transplant may have a worse outcome if their donor is a man, a new study suggests.

CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are warning about the dangers of "medical tourism" after at least 18 women from the East Coast became infected with a disfiguring bacteria following plastic surgery procedures they had in the Dominican Republic.

Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After knee surgery and other common operations, patients have an elevated risk of growing dependent on opioid painkillers, a new study finds.