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EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Cheney’s Heart Transplant Surgery

EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Cheney’s Heart Transplant Surgery

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Dick Cheney was sound asleep when the phone rang after midnight on Friday. It was a call from the cardiology department at Inova Fairfax Hospital; he was told to come to the hospital quickly – a donor hea…

Carnie Wilson Has Second Weight-Loss Surgery

Carnie Wilson Has Second Weight-Loss Surgery

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Singer Carnie Wilson, who has long battled weight issues, has had weight-loss surgery for a second time.Wilson, of the group Wilson Phillips, confirmed to People magazine that she had lap-band surgery, a procedu…

Prescription Painkillers for Small Surgeries May Lead to Long-Term Use

Prescription Painkillers for Small Surgeries May Lead to Long-Term Use

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Older adults who receive pain medications after surgery may be at higher risk of becoming addicted, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.Physicians often prescribe opioids, i…

Quadruple Limb Transplant Patient Dies

Quadruple Limb Transplant Patient Dies

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The Turkish man who would have been the world’s first recipient of a quadruple limb transplant died Monday after doctors had to amputate the limbs because of “metabolic imbalance,” the hospital said…

Rick Perry to Have Surgery Friday to Repair Clavicle

Rick Perry to Have Surgery Friday to Repair Clavicle

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas Governor Rick Perry will have surgery Friday to repair his right clavicle, which did not heal after a 2009 bicycle accident, Catherine Frazier, Perry’s press secretary, confirmed to ABC News.T…

Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants

Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A California plastic surgeon is keeping it in the family by performing multiple cosmetic procedures on his own young daughters.Dr. Michael Niccole, founder of the CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center in Ne…

Doctor Live-Tweeting Coronary Bypass Surgery

Doctor Live-Tweeting Coronary Bypass Surgery

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Doctors tweeting throughout surgery and providing pictures and video is not new, but tweeting during open-heart surgery? That’s happening for the first time Tuesday.Surgeons at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospi…

Celebrity Voices Saved by Surgery

Celebrity Voices Saved by Surgery

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Singer-songwriter Adele will take the stage at the Grammys on Sunday, giving her first performance since she had surgery in November for a vocal cord hemorrhage. Though operations have saved several famous voices in r…

Knee Replacements Double in 10 Years, Study Says

Knee Replacements Double in 10 Years, Study Says

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More Americans are getting total knee replacements than ever before, according to the first national estimate of the procedure’s frequency. In 2009 alone, the number of surgeries topped 600,000, twice the n…

Schwarzenegger, Stallone: Friends Who Have Surgery Together

Schwarzenegger, Stallone: Friends Who Have Surgery Together

Arnold Schwarzenegger/WhoSay.com(LOS ANGELES) — Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have starred in movies together and gone into business together, so why not have surgery together?The aging action heroes recently found themselves at the sam…

Study Finds Possible Link Between Anesthesia and ADHD

Study Finds Possible Link Between Anesthesia and ADHD

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) — Young children who undergo multiple procedures requiring anesthesia could be at higher risk for developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on, according to a new study published in the…

Re-Operation Rates Vary Among Breast Cancer Surgery Patients

Re-Operation Rates Vary Among Breast Cancer Surgery Patients

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Women who undergo certain types of breast cancer surgery may be more likely to face subsequent surgeries, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that n…

Protein-Free Diet May Make Surgery Less Risky

Protein-Free Diet May Make Surgery Less Risky

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — Doctors usually tell their patients not to eat or drink the night before surgery.  But there’s new evidence that food consumed weeks before an operation could affect how the body responds to the …

Can Giving Drugs to Breast Cancer Patients Before Surgery Save Lives?

Can Giving Drugs to Breast Cancer Patients Before Surgery Save Lives?

Comstock/Jupiterimages(NEW YORK) — Breast cancer is difficult to treat and, once treated, the potential for recurrence looms large.  So instead of just treating breast cancer after it returns, there is also great research interest in giving drugs…

Man Works for 24 Hours without Realizing He Had a Nail in His Brain

Man Works for 24 Hours without Realizing He Had a Nail in His Brain

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Thirty-two-year-old Dante Autullo was working with a nail gun at his home in suburban Chicago when he misfired, causing a nail to go whizzing past his head, or so he thought. Mr. Autullo had actually just shot himself i…

Bruce Jenner Undergoes Minor Surgery for Skin Cancer

Bruce Jenner Undergoes Minor Surgery for Skin Cancer

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Sources close to Bruce Jenner have told TMZ that he had surgery on Friday after a biopsy revealed a red mark on his face was an early form of skin cancer.According to the report, Jenner was an outpatient and had a por…

Five-Second Rule? Medics Drop Heart but Transplant Proceeds

Five-Second Rule? Medics Drop Heart but Transplant Proceeds

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — During a moment caught on tape that is sure to make a few cringe, medics in Mexico are seen bumbling, then dropping, a heart on the ground intended for a 20-year-old female heart recipient.Medics arrived at the …

Skier Sarah Burke in Critical Condition After Torn Artery Repair

Skier Sarah Burke in Critical Condition After Torn Artery Repair

JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in critical condition Thursday after undergoing a successful operation to repair a torn vertebral artery that had caused bleeding to her brain.Burke, 29, su…

Surgery Successful for Celtic Jeff Green

Surgery Successful for Celtic Jeff Green

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) — According to Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, the team was informed Monday forward Jeff Green had successful surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. 
Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season. He found out during his …

Why So Many Vocal Cord Surgeries for Award-Winning Singers?

Why So Many Vocal Cord Surgeries for Award-Winning Singers?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — For some of today’s most powerful young singers, vocal cord issues have them “rolling in the deep.”The health of singing sensation Adele’s raspy voice, which propelled her into superstardom and has made her a favor…

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