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Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated by surgery in Australia

MELBOURNE: Australian surgeons on Friday successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso. The team of more than 20 doctors and nurses spent six hours operating on the pair, who shared a liver but no other major organs, to the relief of the surgeons. "We didn't find surprises," said Joe Crameri, who led the surgery at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. "We are here earlier because there weren't any things inside the girls' tummies that we weren't really…

Mini cars drive away children’s fears of surgery

VALENCIENNES: Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off -- to the operating theatre. The five-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys rather than drugs to alleviate children's fears of surgery. The new scheme for youngsters aged 18 months to eight years is based on similar programmes in the United States and Australia. The playful approach, implemented in December, has wiped out the need…

Girl approaches IHC for permission to undergo sex change surgery

ISLAMABAD: A girl has approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking its permission to undergo sex change surgery, ARY News reported. The girl through her lawyer submitted before a bench that she had been experiencing physical changes in her body. When she went to consult a doctor, she was advised to undergo gender reassignment surgery, the petitioner said. After which, she added, she has been going through mental agony as she would have to face difficulties in getting her National Database and Registration…

Frailty screening predicts risk of poor outcomes after surgery

OTTAWA: A checklist to screen for frailty before surgery could help doctors identify patients who are most likely to have poor outcomes and repeat hospitalizations, researchers say. The greatest value of this rapid-screening tool may be in helping surgeons identify people whose vulnerability isn’t obvious or due only to age, and to take steps to lessen those risks before surgery, the study team writes in Canadian Medical Association Journal. After emergency abdominal surgery, for example, frail patients “are at higher…

VIDEO: Indian doctors perform surgery with the help of mobile torchlight

GUNTUR, India: A shocking footage has surfaced of a medical operation from a hospital in India, showing doctors performing an emergency surgery with the help of a mobile phone torchlight at a government-run hospital. What prompted doctors to resort to this extremely unusual act is reported as the electricity disconnection. The surgery was performed on February 7. Report says that the power supply had apparently tripped when the doctors were in the middle of the surgery on a woman. he hospital's administration…

Weight-loss surgery tied to slight increased risk of suicide: study

STOCKHOLM: Obese people who get surgery to lose weight are slightly more likely to attempt suicide than their counterparts who try other approaches to shed excess pounds, a Swedish study suggests. The findings reinforce a need for thorough pre-surgery mental health assessments of bariatric patients, as well as for providing them with information about the risk of self-harm associated with the procedure and long term follow-up, the study team writes in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The researchers examined…

Conjoined babies separated through simple surgery

Two babies who were conjoined by their heads have successfully been separated through a surgery in Moscow. At first doctors believed it to be a complicated surgery as they thought the babies’ heads were joined at skull, but then they figured out that it was only skin. The scans taken of the twin girls when they were still inside the womb had suggested as if their skulls were conjoined but surprisingly it was not the case. It took only half an hour to separate them and both are expected to make a good recovery.…

Surgery won’t help degenerative knee problems, experts say

LONDON: Surgery won’t cure chronic knee pain, “locking,” “clicking,” a torn meniscus, or other problems related to knee arthritis, according to a panel of international experts. Every year, more than two million people with degenerative knee problems have arthroscopic surgery, in which a surgeon inserts a tiny camera into the knee and uses small instruments to try to fix what’s wrong. But guidelines published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal recommend against the procedure for just about everyone with knee…