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July 2014

Recovery Trajectories for Short-stay Surgery Vary Considerably

July 22, 2014

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Though hospital stay duration was once used as a surrogate outcome for surgical recovery, the increasing popularity of short-stay surgery has eliminated that measure, making it harder for hospitals to track recovery trajectories and more difficult for surgeons to plan physical, psychological, and social postoperative courses for prospective patients.

Study Finds Improved Surgical Care for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

July 11, 2014

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Since removing the abnormal glands through parathyroidectomy (PTx) is the sole curative intervention for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), a team of researchers from the Section of Endocrine Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles recently tracked trends in the frequency and quality of PTx.

Fatality Risk Falling in Total Hip Replacement

July 09, 2014

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Thanks to better anesthetics, new surgical techniques, and more consistent anticoagulant use to prevent venous thromboembolism, mortality after total hip replacement surgery is rare. Nevertheless, a patient's risk of death briefly increases following the procedure.

Remedying the Faults of Peer Review

July 02, 2014

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Although hospitals routinely implement peer review processes to ensure that physicians are meeting the prevailing standards of care, the procedure has been associated with controversy.