Kelly Yeoman, a 34-year-old woman from the United Kingdom, is currently 'drowning in poo' after a surgeon accidentally damaged her bowel. Medical staff have been draining the toxic waste from her body daily to prevent her from suffocating.
Medicine November 27, 2017
Scientists have developed a surgical glue that can seal wounds in just 60 seconds, potentially changing the course of surgeries going forward. It’s called MeTro, and it’s scheduled for human testing soon.
Medicine October 6, 2017
The MasSpec Pen can detect cancerous tissues in just seconds. The device is accurate 96 percent of the time and may pave way for less invasive and more precise cancer surgery.
Medicine September 7, 2017
Researchers turn to nature in order to develop tougher and more flexible surgical glue. The new adhesive can also seal holes even in beating hearts.
Material Science July 28, 2017
Doctors in Shanghai, China, recently operated on a man and removed 30 inches of his massively swollen colon and 28 pounds of poop. Find out more about the Hirschsprung’s disease that led to his lifelong suffering.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2017
A robot called R2D2 was able to perform a successful eye surgery as part of an experimental trial involving robot-aided medical procedures. Here’s what doctors think R2D2 can pave the way for.
Robotics May 11, 2017
A surgery was performed on an infant from Ivory Coast, Africa, who was born with two spines and four legs of her underdeveloped twin. The operation has been successful and the baby girl is recovering.
Public Health March 22, 2017
The world's heaviest woman lost more than 100 kilograms before she underwent bariatric surgery to remove the fats in her body. She is expected to lose another 100 kilograms more in the next 45 days.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 9, 2017
In Chennai in India, doctors have successfully removed a live cockroach from a woman’s skull. The patient says she felt a weird, itchy sensation around her nose and eyes, prompting her to seek medical help.
Medicine February 7, 2017
London-based tech company Touch Surgery offers surgeons an opportunity to train for various surgical procedures using augmented reality. AR wearable devices allow them to learn about operations in a deeply immersive training environment.
January 7, 2017
For older patients, experiencing delirium after surgery or hospitalization may be tied to cognitive decline, a new study suggests. Researchers in Boston examined the relationship between the two.
Public Health July 18, 2016
Common surgical procedures are found to be much safer and cheaper in rural hospitals than in city counterparts, a new study has revealed. The findings confirm what rural surgeons have long suspected.
Public Health May 19, 2016
IBM and Bausch & Lomb will work together to develop an app for doctors who perform cataract surgeries. How can this mobile technology for Apple devices help in the operating room?
Apps/Software May 8, 2016
Scientists have developed a programmable robot surgeon that can perform surgeries by itself. The autonomous robot was able to stitch a pig intestine more precisely than human surgeons.
Robotics May 5, 2016
The risk of administering general anesthesia to babies is the same with giving local anesthesia at two years of age, a new interim study based in Melbourne revealed. Researchers said there was no difference in the effects in babies.
Medicine May 2, 2016
An existing sterilization technique holds so much promise for surgeries performed with polymer medical devices. Not only can ozone gas save time, it may also save money.
Medicine May 1, 2016
What if there was a way to tell whether or not desired outcomes can be expected from surgery? That’s what researchers want for children with cerebral palsy, and prompted the development of Walk-DMC.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 29, 2016
Mobility is an important indicator of overall health in older adults. Scores acquired through Wake Forest Baptist’s mobility assessment tool can help identify older patients at higher risk of adverse postoperative complications.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 26, 2016
A 2-year-old Brazilian girl who was born deaf and blind underwent surgical procedures in Miami, Florida. After several failed surgeries in Brazil, the one in Miami turned out to be a miraculous success!
April 26, 2016
UK doctors were able to live stream a cancer surgery, providing 360-degree views of the procedure. The technology, which uses virtual reality, may help boost how medicine students learn vital information.
LIFE April 15, 2016
Doctors were able to successfully perform surgery to separate conjoined twins from Texas. The babies are now out of surgery and doing well.
LIFE April 14, 2016
Veterinarian Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital saved the life of a goldfish by performing a delicate operation to remove a tumor. Bubbles, the goldfish, returned to his normal swimming activities after the surgery.
Animals April 4, 2016
In a revolutionary surgery, liver and kidney from an HIV-infected donor were transplanted into HIV-positive patients. The surgery was carried out at John Hopkins University Medical Center.
LIFE April 1, 2016
A London-based doctor will conduct cancer surgery that will be live-streamed across the world using virtual reality technology. The operation can be watched using a smartphone and virtual reality headset.
LIFE March 26, 2016
A woman sued the Yale-New Haven Hospital for an alleged medical malpractice. Yale surgeons removed the wrong body part and tried to cover up the mistake.
LIFE March 25, 2016
Many patients in low-resource areas are at risk of surgical site infections. To mitigate this problem, researchers developed the Sterile Box, a facility that uses solar power to decontaminate and sterilize medical equipment for reuse.
LIFE March 24, 2016
A new study revealed that choosing antibiotics as a treatment for appendicitis can reduce the number of appendectomies by 92 percent. The antibiotic treatment will be initiated only after a CT scan confirms the diagnosis.
LIFE March 23, 2016
A 3-year-old dog owned by a retired legal secretary from the UK is the first canine to undergo an open heart surgery. The ground breaking surgery, which lasted six hours, was led by Professor Dan Brockman of RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
LIFE March 21, 2016
Doctors found that patients prefer using iPads in learning about upcoming procedures than direct consultation. This offers an opportunity for patients to understand procedures before going through them.
LIFE March 15, 2016
More women diagnosed with breast cancer on one breast are choosing to remove even their unaffected breast as well. The number of women undergoing a double mastectomy procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy tripled in the last 10 years.
LIFE March 13, 2016
Both men and women are opting for cosmetic surgery to improve facial features and body image. A total of 15.9 million plastic surgeries were reported in 2015.
LIFE February 29, 2016
A drunken nurse in Pennsylvania assisted in surgery after drinking four to five beers. The 59-year-old male nurse staggered into the hospital, helped prepare the patient and had difficulty logging into the hospital's computer system.
LIFE February 29, 2016
The first uterus transplant in the U.S. was performed on Wednesday after nine hours of surgery. Further details will be released next week in a news conference, but the doctors said that the patient is now in a stable condition.
LIFE February 26, 2016
Doctors from Archbishop Loayza National Hospital in Peru removed a 35-pound ovarian tumor from a woman. It looked like she was pregnant, but twice the size.
LIFE February 26, 2016
Experts have found that stenting and carotid endarterectomy are equally safe and effective in stroke prevention. There were no significant differences between patient outcomes even after five years of follow-up.
LIFE February 18, 2016
New autopsy evidence suggests that Alzheimer's disease may be spread through surgery. A brain protein found in Alzheimer's patients may be transmitted during surgical procedures, thus passing the disease on.
LIFE January 29, 2016
Surgical anesthesia is not seen as causing any mild cognitive impairment later in life, even in patients 40 years of age and older, researchers say. A Mayo Clinic study followed 1,700 people aged 70 to 89, all of whom had undergone at least one surgery.
LIFE January 22, 2016
New study suggests that removing your tonsils may hugely decrease sore throats and doctor visits.
LIFE January 20, 2016
A new study in Canada found that patients who receive organ transplants have higher risks of developing cancer after the operation. Despite the risks, experts said there are several ways to prevent the development of the disease.
LIFE January 8, 2016
The FDA said pelvic mesh implants used for pelvic organ prolapse surgeries in women will now be classified as class III or high-risk devices. It also started to require a pre-market approval application from manufacturers showing the products' safety and effectiveness.
LIFE January 6, 2016
Doctors successfully removed a bulge the size of a tennis ball from a woman's brain. The 52-year-old woman had a giant aneurysm in her brain for eight long years.
LIFE December 29, 2015
Carlos Aguilera played his saxophone while neurosurgeons operated on his brain to remove a tumor. This made sure the surgery won't affect his ability to play music.
LIFE December 21, 2015
The first pregnant woman in the United Kingdom to ever undergo a cochlear implant now has her device switched on, enabling her to hear her unborn child’s heartbeat. Kimberley Ward, 27, lost her hearing when she was a teenager.
LIFE December 18, 2015
The FDA has approved the surgery drug Bridion (sugammadex) for reversing the effects of muscle relaxants. Bridion can speed up recovery from medications such as vecuronium bromide and rocuronium bromide.
LIFE December 16, 2015
Through the use of 3D printing technology and CT imaging, specialists at Texas Children’s Hospital successfully prepared for a risky surgical procedure involving conjoined twins Faith and Hope Mata. Doctors have separated the two children without risking the life of the other.
December 6, 2015