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March 2014

Variation in Anesthetic Techniques for Carotid Endarterectomy

March 27, 2014

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A majority of anesthesiologists report using intraoperative neuroprotection for carotid endarterectomy, compared to a previous study that reported 22% of anesthesiologists used neuroprotection in 1995.

Listening for Crackle, Clunk in Total Knee Arthroplasty

March 24, 2014

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Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has become a popular and generally successful surgery with increasing importance as Baby Boomers enter their golden years expecting to remain active and pain-free. However, straightening the knee from a fully bent position creates a clunk or crackle for up to 18% of TKA patients.

Managing Patient Expectations while Improving Surgical Outcomes

March 20, 2014

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Patients with unreasonable or uninformed expectations are often unprepared for the postoperative period and dissatisfied with their outcomes. As a result, healthcare professionals are dedicating more time to studying and managing patient expectations, including making sure all involved have a clear understanding of what to expect in terms of risks and benefits.

More Treatment Options for Bothersome Uterine Fibroids

March 19, 2014

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Uterine fibroids often cause symptoms such as heavy vaginal bleeding, anemia, constipation, bloating, and hydronephrosis that lower quality of life and lead to missed workdays for women.

Adhesion Incidence and Severity Vary by Surgical Procedure

March 18, 2014

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Many adhesions are asymptomatic, but in some patients, they can cause pain, small bowel obstruction and other postoperative issues, as well as increase cost and complicate surgical suite workload.