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What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Some patients experience memory problems; others have difficulty multitasking, learning new things, following multistep procedures or setting priorities. Most of the time, POCD is transient and patients get better in several months. But sometimes — how often hasn’t been determined — this condition lasts up to a year or longer.

April 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network discovers that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. More than a dozen — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

At risk patients who participated in the POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program before abdominal surgery spent less time in the hospital, were less likely to return to the hospital in the next 30 days , and were more likely to return home without the need for home health care.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas is not only a glittering strip of casinos and hotels but a fast-growing region with more than 2 million residents — and one hospital designated as a highest-level trauma center. The deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least 59 and sent more than 500 people to area hospitals raised questions about whether that’s enough.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why one California county went surgery shopping

Why one California county went surgery shopping

Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices.

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More