Finally the pain has gone.. Karen’s Story
I was diagnosed at 29 with severe endometriosis. I was told if I had been 10 years older and had a family they would have done a hysterectomy then! Due to my age and having no family it was difficult to treat and over the years I had various non invasive treatments including seven laparoscopies, synarel, the pill, contraceptive injections, coil etc. I would get a few months relief then it would all return. Over the past year my quality of life has been affected, almost constant pain affecting my day to day schedule including work, exercise etc. In October I went for my three monthly visit to the consultant and was given a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 19, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Endometriosis Your Stories oophorectomy total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Surprises found in postoperative pain rankings
Patients report “unexpectedly high” levels of pain after some relatively minor surgical procedures, including some laparoscopic procedures, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Anesthesiology)
Source: MedWire News - Anesthesiology - February 16, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Laparoscopic Total Proctocolectomy vs Open Surger...Laparoscopic Total Proctocolectomy vs Open Surger...
Women are more likely to be able to become pregnant after total colectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis if they had a laparoscopic operation rather than open surgery. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Should We Choose Open, Laparoscopic, or Robotic Gastrectomy?Should We Choose Open, Laparoscopic, or Robotic Gastrectomy?
Commentary on a study comparing complications after open, laparoscopic, or robotic gastrectomy, published December 2012 in British Journal of Surgery. Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Laparoscopic proctectomy stands up to open surgery
Laparoscopic surgery produces comparable results to open surgery for rectal cancer, show the findings of the first, large, randomized trial of the technique. (Source: MedWire News - Gastroenterology)
Source: MedWire News - Gastroenterology - February 14, 2013 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Laparoscopic proctectomy stands up to open surgery
Laparoscopic surgery produces comparable results to open surgery for rectal cancer, show the findings of the first, large, randomized trial of the technique. (Source: MedWire News - Oncology)
Source: MedWire News - Oncology - February 14, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Video: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
In a lap band procedure, a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Tightening the band limits how much food the stomach can hold. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - February 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Liver(Calise et al.)
series:Updates in SurgeryThe treatment of liver diseases comprises a significant component of the practice of any general surgeon, whether working in an academic, a general, or a community hospital. With the rapid expansion in knowledge and technology, the liver has also been approached laparoscopically in specialized centers, with well-recognized advantages for patients. This book aims to communicate the large body ... (Source: Springer Medicine titles)
Source: Springer Medicine titles - February 12, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: General Surgery Source Type: news

Ovarian Cancer Risk and Still No Hysterectomy – Antionette’s Story
I am horrified that in this day and age so many women have to suffer in silence and when they speak out because they have had enough they are made to feel stupid and worthless. I sympathise a lot as I have been suffering with heavy periods since my teens, was put on the pill for this at 16 got pregnant at 19 whilst on the pill, after having my daughter it got worse. From then on I had more pain clotted periods a couple of D & C’s then I had my son, then even more pain I had a laparoscopy where they found cysts on my ovary. All the time the pain was getting worse. I then had my last child when I was 27 and I was s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Cancer Your Stories CA125 pelvic pain Source Type: news

No Tubal Ligation Record? No Problem!
Many women who want to have their tubes untied are unsure of what type of tubal ligation they originally had. Their records may no longer be available or the surgery was done in another country. Although Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center prefers to have an operative report to determine possible outcomes, it is not required for a successful tubal reversal. If a woman prefers more assurance Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center offers a screening laparoscopy option. This procedure is done prior to a tubal reversal in order to visualize the fallopian tubes and determine if they are repairable. For more information and a free nurs...
Source: Tubal Ligation Reversal News - February 11, 2013 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: news

Vascular Surgery
series:New Techniques in Surgery SeriesVascular care has evolved from conservative therapy and open surgical therapy to a minimally invasive approach using endovascular techniques, laparoscopic or thoracoscopic techniques as well as hybrids of open and endovascular techniques. New technological developments continue to arise allowing surgeons to be more creative and adding to the treatment options available.   Vascular Surgery ... (Source: Springer Medicine titles)
Source: Springer Medicine titles - February 10, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Vascular Surgery Source Type: news

Laparoscopic Gyn Surgery: Fasting Better Than Bowel Prep Laparoscopic Gyn Surgery: Fasting Better Than Bowel Prep
Fasting and mechanical bowel preparation before laparoscopic gynecological surgery improved visualization, but the slight benefit for surgeons was offset by adverse effects suffered by patients. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Teleflex Signs New Agreement with Novation for Weck Vista(TM) Access Line
LIMERICK, Pa.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Teleflex Incorporated (TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced it has been awarded a new three-year agreement with Novation for its line of Weck ... Devices, Surgery, Group PurchasingTeleflex, Novation, Weck Vista Access, Laparoscopic Access Port (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - February 5, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Both Laparoscopic and Open Surgical Techniques Found Effective for Moving Undescended Testicles to Normal Position
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Related MedlinePlus Page: Testicular Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scared Mom, Full of Endometriosis and Cysts – Tina’s Story
I’m sitting in front of my kid’s school crying in my van – something I’ve done a lot this week. I spent my teen years and 20s dealing with painful heavy periods that were anything but regular. 28 day cycle…what’s that? They put me on the pill young to try to control the bleeding and the pain. I married at 25 – wanting to be a mom all my life. We started trying to conceive on our honeymoon. Five years later after many many tears and negative pregnancy tests we discussed IVF. After finding out that my husband and I both seem to have issues we decided we couldn’t handle more he...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 4, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Endometriosis Your Stories cysts Source Type: news

Good Showing for Robotics in Gastric Cancer (CME/CE)
SAN FRANCISCO (MedPage Today) -- Patients with nonmetastatic gastric cancer had similar survival and other outcomes following robotic or conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy, according to a large retrospective series from Korea. (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - January 25, 2013 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

My laparascopic total vaginal hysterectomy – Samira’s Story
Hi, I wanted to share my experience in the hope it might help others. I had severe and persistent daily bleeding for about 2 years before I decided to have an operation. I had biopsies and tests to check it wasn’t something nasty over that period. Despite the fact I was tired and at some point anaemic I wanted to try non surgical options. I had a Mirena coil inserted and that reduced the severity of bleeding but wouldn’t stop. So I had a 6 month course of norethisterone which stopped the bleeding for 2 weeks out of 4 weeks at a time. Again this was better than before but still hadnt solved the problem. My speci...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 25, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories laparascopic hysterectomy vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Adrenal HyperplasiaLaparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Adrenal Hyperplasia
This case series reports on the surgical and clinical aspects of four patients with ACTH-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia that were successfully treated by laparoscopic adrenalectomy. Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

TVTO – Tension Free Vaginal Tape Obdurator for Stress Incontinence
Urinary stress incontinence is a very common condition that can cause a significant impact on quality of life for many women.  The TVTO (Tension Free Vaginal Tape – Obturator) procedure is a what is known as a sub-urethral sling procedure. It involves placing a synthetic (polypropylene) mesh tape under the urethra. This is designed to give some extra support underneath the urethra and bladder. The tape is inserted under the urethra via a small incision in the abominal wall.The tape is permanently incorporated into the tissues under the urethra and is usually undectable by the patient. It is expected that in the ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 21, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Vbu34Kqam7zaH9 Tags: Women's Health stress incontinence Source Type: news

Weight Stays Off Long Term After Bariatric Surgery (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) patients maintained about 50% excess weight loss for as long as 15 years after surgery, Australian investigators reported. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - January 20, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Gastric Banding, A Long-Term Obesity Solution
An effective long-term strategy for managing obesity has been identified: laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap banding). The finding came from a 15-year follow-up study of obese patients in Australia and was published in the journal Annals of Surgery. Currently, about 1 in 4 Australian adults are affected by obesity. The prevalence of obesity has increased three-fold, from 8% of the total adult population in 1980, to 23% in 2008. The rise in the people affected is resulting in great concern, considering its substantial medical costs and negative impact on health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

Gastric Banding A Successful Long-Term Solution To Obesity
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap banding) has been identified as a successful long-term solution to obesity. The finding came from a 15-year follow-up study of obese patients in Australia and was published in the journal Annals of Surgery. Currently, about 1 in 4 Australian adults are affected by obesity. The prevalence of obesity has increased three-fold, from 8% of the total adult population in 1980, to 23% in 2008. The rise in the people affected is resulting in great concern, considering its substantial medical costs and negative impact on health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

Gastric banding an effective long-term solution to obesity
(Monash University) Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding - lap banding - is a safe and effective long-term strategy for managing obesity, according to the findings of a landmark 15-year follow-up study of patients treated in Australia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hunt Valley Veterinarian Brings Advanced Surgery Techniques to Pets
HUNT VALLEY, Md., Jan. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to Dr. Allan Frank, Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is one of the few veterinary hospitals in Maryland that provides minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. The Hunt Valley veterinarian says that he and his team have invested considerable resources and study over the past few years to equip the animal vet clinic with modern surgical tools and to train in advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Frank says these techniques require much smaller incisions and result in fewer complications, less bleeding and faster recovery times. He says these advances help with urgent surge...
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - January 13, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Best thing ever … so far … – Janette’s Story
I started my periods age 10 and no probs with them. Went on pill at 16 and was on that for 12 years non stop until I wanted a baby. I tried for 2 years and had lots of infertility investigations. Eventually I did conceive and had a son 21 years ago by C/S I was very ill fter spending 5 days on life support following a problem with the anaesthetic. I have had several abnormal smear tests and had laser treatment and cone biopsy. I had continued to have problems with periods on and off since then having tried the medications which worked but made me feel drunk and not myself at all.I tried a coil but didnt get on with that e...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 7, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysterectomy Latest News Your Stories laparascopic hysterectomy Source Type: news

Laparoscopic appendectomy no better with single incision
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Single-port appendectomy was no better than conventional three-port laparoscopic surgery for any outcome measure in a randomized controlled trial from Korea. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 4, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Major laparoscopic hepatectomy safe in selected patients
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three different types of laparoscopic major hepatectomy, and traditional open liver resection, all yielded similar results in a systematic literature review by Japanese surgeons. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 3, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Robotic-Assisted Radical Bladder Surgery Potentially Benefits Bladder Cancer Patients
About 30 percent of the more than 70,000 bladder cancer cases expected in 2012 are muscle invasive. In such cases, radical cystectomy is the preferred treatment. In a pilot trial, a team of investigators assessed the efficacy of open radical cystectomy (ORC) vs. robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy (RARC). While there were no significant differences in treatment outcomes, RARC resulted in decreased estimated blood loss and shorter hospital stay compared to ORC. The results are published in the February 2013 issue of The Journal of Urology... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Summary: International Kidney Cancer Symposium
Conclusions VHL/PBRM1 mutations confirmed 3rd subtype identified and under review but appears to be mis-classified tumors.  Shows value of molecular methods rather than new mechanistic insights. Integration with survival outcome—suggests molecular detailing can be prognostic Full integrative analysis in process Preliminary data can be found at http://tcga-data.nci.hih.gov/tcga/ FoxO Transcription Factors in mTORC1- Activated Renal Tumorigenesis:  Implications for the RCC Treatment Boyi Gan, MD Anderson Cancer Center FoxO Family Transcription Factors:  mammals possess FoxO...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - December 15, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Summary: International Kidney Cancer Symposium
Conclusions VHL/PBRM1 mutations confirmed 3rd subtype identified and under review but appears to be mis-classified tumors.  Shows value of molecular methods rather than new mechanistic insights. Integration with survival outcome—suggests molecular detailing can be prognostic Full integrative analysis in process Preliminary data can be found athttp://tcga-data.nci.hih.gov/tcga/ FoxO Transcription Factors in mTORC1- Activated Renal Tumorigenesis:  Implications for the RCC Treatment Boyi Gan, MD Anderson Cancer Center FoxO Family Transcription Factors:  mammals possess FoxO1, FoxO3, FoxO4 an...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - December 15, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Summaries: International Kidney Cancer Symposium
Conclusion: there is no increased risk of doing the lymph node dissection early on.   Dr. Eggener-CON   Basics Lymph node dissections rarely done, even for large tumors, because there is no proven therapeutic or staging benefit for low risk patients.  A Mayo study revealed no data showing therapeutic benefit in high risk patients.  For clinically node negative high risk patients, there is staging value but no proven therapeutic benefit. Rate of positive nodes is associated with stage and grade; the higher the stage and grade, the more likely there will be positive nod...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - November 29, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Summaries: International Kidney Cancer Symposium
Conclusion: there is no increased risk of doing the lymph node dissection early on. Dr. Eggener-CON  Basics Lymph node dissections rarely done, even for large tumors, because there is no proven therapeutic or staging benefit for low risk patients.  A Mayo study revealed no data showing therapeutic benefit in high risk patients.  For clinically node negative high risk patients, there is staging value but no proven therapeutic benefit. Rate of positive nodes is associated with stage and grade; the higher the stage and grade, the more likely there will be positive nodes.  A tumor> 10 cm w...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - November 29, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

VIDEO: Keyhole Surgery for Kidney Cancer
Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy has almost replaced open surgery as the treatment of choice for kidney cancer. http://www.urologycentre.com.sg/kidney_cancer.html04/20/2011 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - April 21, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

VIDEO: Keyhole Surgery for Kidney Cancer
Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy has almost replaced open surgery as the treatment of choice for kidney cancer.http://www.urologycentre.com.sg/kidney_cancer.html04/20/2011 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - April 21, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Robotic And Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Without Vascular Clamping And Renal Ischemia
  06/18/2010 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - June 18, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Robotic And Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Without Vascular Clamping And Renal Ischemia
 06/18/2010 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - June 18, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

New FAQ on Laparoscopic Procedures Posted
OLAW has posted a new FAQ on the topic "Are laparoscopic procedures considered major surgery?" This guidance can be found in the Animal Use and Management section under FAQ F13. For questions, suggestions or comments, email to olaw@od.nih.gov. (Source: OLAW News)
Source: OLAW News - February 26, 2010 Category: Research Source Type: news

Notes from the Eigth International Kidney Cancer Symposium
We are grateful to patient advocate Katherine Phillion for sharing her notes from our fall kidney cancer meeting.  Eigth International Kidney Cancer Symposium September 2009     Management of Small Renal Masses and Localized Renal Carcinoma Case Presentation and Background Robert G. Uzzo, M.D., FACS There are a lot of options available to manage small (
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - January 25, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Notes from the Eigth International Kidney Cancer Symposium
We are grateful to patient advocate Katherine Phillion for sharing her notes from our fall kidney cancer meeting. Eigth International Kidney Cancer SymposiumSeptember 2009  Management of Small Renal Masses and Localized Renal CarcinomaCase Presentation and BackgroundRobert G. Uzzo, M.D., FACSThere are a lot of options available to manage small (
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - January 25, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Patient Advocate's Notes From 8th International Kidney Cancer Symposium
  Eighth International Kidney Cancer Symposium September 2009     Management of Small Renal Masses and Localized Renal Carcinoma Case Presentation and Background Robert G. Uzzo, M.D., FACS There are a lot of options available to manage small (
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - January 4, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Patient Advocate's Notes From 8th International Kidney Cancer Symposium
 Eighth International Kidney Cancer SymposiumSeptember 2009  Management of Small Renal Masses and Localized Renal CarcinomaCase Presentation and BackgroundRobert G. Uzzo, M.D., FACSThere are a lot of options available to manage small (
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - January 4, 2010 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

NCCN Announces Updates to Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Guidelines
New updates to the NCCN Guidelines for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma were announced on March 12 at the NCCN 14th Annual Conference. Notable additions include updates on when a laparoscopy may be beneficial to patients, clarification on diagnostic imaging protocols, and an overall emphasis on systemic therapy in all disease stages. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the second most common cause of death from gastrointestinal cancer. March 13, 2009 HOLLYWOOD, FL - The National Comprehensive Cancer Net... (Source: National Comprehensive Cancer Network)
Source: National Comprehensive Cancer Network - March 13, 2009 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news