Surgery

Lawsuit over LA Lap-Band ads is settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A company that promotes Lap-Band weight-loss surgery has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a false-advertising lawsuit, with some of the money going to billboards warning the public about the risks of weight-loss surgery.

04/18/2013

da Vinci Surgical System

Should you have robotic surgery? Pluses, minuses

CHICAGO (AP) — Robotic surgery is being done more and more often for a variety of operations. But experts say there’s a lack of strong evidence that it’s any better than standard surgery in most cases — and it’s usually costlier.

04/09/2013

Vets save NYC dog who swallowed 111 pennies

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach. The New York Daily News reports that a Jack Russell terrier named Jack swallowed 111 pennies last week and quickly became ill.

03/13/2013

Robotic surgery

Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

CHICAGO (AP) — Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women’s hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.

02/19/2013

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Hip replacements more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail in women than in men. Researchers found that a small number of the hip implants failed overall, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery.

02/19/2013

You gotta have heart

Dodger reliever Kenley Jansen has undergone heart surgery. Wait a minute — what?  Yeah. Heart surgery. They are calling it a “surgical procedure” to correct an irregular heartbeat. The official release from the team: Kenley […]

10/24/2012

Eddie Van Halen has surgery for digestive disease

NEW YORK (AP) – Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease and is canceling his tour in Japan to recover. His representative said Thursday that the guitarist had a “severe bout […]

08/30/2012

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