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Archive for the 'Surgery' Category

Another reason to stop smoking

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Researchers at The Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio, determined the effect of smoking in noncardiac surgical patients. (more…)

First study of music therapy in organ transplant patients

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Organ transplant recipients experience high levels of anxiety, pain, and nausea.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, conducted the first study on the effects of music therapy on solid organ transplant patients. (more…)

A systematic review of reflexology

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

ReflexologyTherapy[1]Prof. Ernst has reviewed all the studies. (more…)

Massage after heart surgery

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, studied role of massage therapy following surgery. (more…)

Benefits of music on stress after surgery

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Researchers at Orebro University Hospital, in Sweden, evaluated the effect of bed rest + music on the first day after surgery in order to decrease stress. (more…)

Risk of cognitive decline in the elderly following surgery

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Dementia_eIt’s generally assumed that older adults may experience memory loss and other problems in cognition (reasoning) following surgery.

Results from a study at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri suggest otherwise. (more…)

Smoking cessation lowers risk of complications after surgery

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden, studied whether a smoking cessation program, started during hospitalization, might reduce complications following emergency surgical treatment of fractures. (more…)

Homeopathic A. montana + B. albain in aortic valve surgery

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Arnica montana and other homoeopathic extracts have been used to control inflammation, swelling, and blood loss, with controversial result, say researchers from Université de Lyon, in France.

They are the first to study A. montana + Bryonia albain (for irritability and aches) in cardiac surgery, which is often followed by blood loss and involves substantial systemic inflammation. (more…)

Benefits and limits of music during colonoscopy

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in Columbia reviewed 8 studies and came to different conclusions than researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Let’s compare notes. (more…)

Effect of electro-acupuncture on bowel dysfunction after abdominal surgery

Friday, January 1st, 2010

The inability to take food by mouth, pass gas, and have a bowel movement is a common problem that usually lasts not more than 3 days. When it lasts more than 4 days it’s called prolonged postoperative ileus. It’s uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

Researchers from the US and China tell us that electro-acupuncture probably isn’t a useful option. (more…)

Capsicum plaster to reduce pain after surgery

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Capsicum plaster at classical Chinese acupoints is an alternative to acupuncture for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and pain.

Researchers from Hanyang University Hospital in Seoul, Korea studied capsicum plaster at Hegu (LI 4) acupoints (photo) in patients after orthognathic surgery. (more…)

Chest physiotherapy after upper abdominal surgery

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

 Researchers from the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil evaluated the effectiveness of chest physiotherapy during the immediate postoperative period among patients who had elective upper abdominal surgery. (more…)

Auricular acupuncture to control pain after surgery

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Prof. Ernst and colleagues report, “The evidence that auricular acupuncture reduces postoperative pain is promising.

But is it compelling? (more…)

Active rehabilitation after lumbar disc surgery

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Cochrane review reports, “Exercise programs starting 4 to 6 weeks after the operation could lead to more rapid pain relief and a quicker recovery from disability — without increasing the risk of additional surgery” (more…)

Music-therapy for spinal anesthesia

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Since pre-medication isn’t widely accepted in spinal anesthesia, researchers from Saitama Medical University, in Kawagoe, Japan studied the potential benefits of music therapy to control anxiety. (more…)

Chewing gum aids bowel motility after caesarean

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

 Researchers from Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt report it’s safe, well tolerated, and associated with rapid resumption of intestinal motility and shorter hospital stay. (more…)

Onion extract gel for surgical scars

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Dr. Zoe Draelos from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina reports on the use of onion extract gel to improve the appearance of scars. (more…)

Review of acupuncture for pain after surgery

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Acupuncture around the time of surgery may reduce acute postoperative pain, according to this 2008 review by researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. (more…)

Magnetic acupuncture for post-op nausea and vomiting

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

 This study assessed magnetic acupressure to prevent nausea and vomiting following ear-nose-throat (ENT) or gynecological surgeries.

But should we apply these findings to other forms of acupuncture? (more…)

What not to take before surgery

Friday, January 9th, 2009

OK, you’re scheduled for surgery, and you take herbals.

Does your surgeon know what you take?

Be smart. If you use any of the herbals on this list, tell your surgeon.