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Why Joan Rivers Will Get No Autopsy

Her grief-stricken daughter Melissa won't order one

(Newser) - Did Joan Rivers die from lack of oxygen to the brain? We may never know. New York City's chief medical examiner pinned it on oxygen deprivation, but Joan's grief-stricken daughter Melissa wants no autopsy performed—and New York law is OK with that as long as there's... More »

Study Delves Into Horrors of Waking Up During Surgery

Finds that the worst part for many patients is the paralysis

(Newser) - "It felt as though nothing would ever work again—as though the anesthetist had removed everything apart from my soul." That's a quote from a woman who woke up during dental surgery some 15 years ago but was unable to move because of the paralyzing drugs she... More »

10-Year-Old Goldfish Undergoes Brain Surgery

'Fiddly' procedure gives fish new lease on life

(Newser) - In the hands of a less skilled surgeon, the patient could have ended up being flushed: After a 45-minute operation that a veterinarian in Melbourne, Australia, describes as "fiddly," a life-threatening brain tumor was removed from a goldfish named George last week, the BBC reports. On its Facebook... More »

Woman Plays Violin During Her Brain Surgery

Naomi Elishuv serenaded doctors with Mozart as they resolved tremor problem

(Newser) - Naomi Elishuv used to be a world-class violinist who played with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, but uncontrollable shaking caused by a neurological disorder called essential tremor forced her to stop playing 20 years ago, the Telegraph reports. She only recently learned of deep brain stimulation, the surgery that could... More »

Damage Unknown as Joan Rivers Brought Out of Coma

Family threatening to sue NYC clinic Yorkville Endoscopy

(Newser) - As doctors bring Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, there's some concern the comedian could end up "either a vegetable or in a wheelchair," the New York Daily News reports. That news has her family considering a lawsuit. Whether or not Rivers, 81, has suffered... More »

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured in Car Crash

Freeh has a broken leg and underwent surgery, officials say

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh suffered injuries including a broken leg and cuts to his head in a single-car accident today. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News and CNN that he drove his GMC Yukon SUV off a road in Vermont into a mailbox. Now he's in stable condition... More »

Mom Threatened With Forced C-Section

Jennifer Goodall gave birth Friday after much drama

(Newser) - Two weeks before she gave birth to her fourth child, a Florida hospital threatened to force a C-section on 29-year-old mom Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent," Jezebel reports. Goodall wanted to try delivering vaginally before agreeing to what would be her fourth cesarean—if it was... More »

232 Teeth Removed From Boy's Head

Doctors to submit tooth count to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - When doctors in India opened up a tumor in a teenager’s lower jaw on Monday, something unexpected happened. "Little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one by one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted... More »

To Save Voice, Patient Sings During Throat Surgery

Tumor extraction could have destroyed Alama Kante's vocal cords

(Newser) - When Alama Kante had surgery to remove a parathyroid tumor from her throat, one tiny slip of the scalpel could have caused her to lose her singing voice—and she's a professional singer . So, in an unprecedented move, she sang throughout the surgery at France's Henri Mondor hospital... More »

Johnson & Johnson Halts Sales of Key Surgery Tools

FDA warns of cancer risk

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson is suspending worldwide sales of surgical tools known as power morcellators, of which it is the biggest maker. The halt stems from concerns that the devices, used in a common uterine surgery to remove fibroids, could in some cases spread cancer in the body, the Wall Street ... More »

Lawsuit: Appendectomy Fails to Remove Appendix

Man surprised when he has to have 2nd surgery

(Newser) - When William McCormack went into a medical center in the Adirondacks last month with severe stomach pains, he ended up getting an emergency appendectomy ... which came as quite a surprise to him, considering he thought he'd already had his appendix removed in Bronxville, New York, last year. The 43-year-old... More »

Young Mom in Coma After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Boyfriend: Kristen Tavares 'went into cardiac arrest'

(Newser) - A Hawaii woman went in for routine dental work on Monday but ... didn't wake up. Kristen Tavares, 23, was to have four wisdom teeth removed; during the procedure "she went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator and shocked her, stunned her heart," her... More »

Opera Singer Farts When Singing, Sues Over Surgery

Amy Herbst says unkind cut ruined her singing career

(Newser) - Hitting a high C is hard enough without worrying about passing gas—and an opera singer in Nashville is suing over the dilemma, Fox News reports. Amy Herbst, a mezzo-soprano, says she was doing fine until an Army nurse screwed up her childbirth operation in 2012. The nurse at an... More »

Most Popular Knee Surgery Is a Big Waste for Many

Study: arthroscopic surgery as good as fake surgery for some meniscus tears

(Newser) - If you're anticipating having arthroscopic surgery in the new year to fix your torn meniscus, bad news for you: A new study found the procedure is, for many, as effective as ... fake surgery. That could have big implications, considering the US spends an estimated $4 billion a year on... More »

Tonsil Surgery-Gone-Wrong Not Hospital's First

Rebecca Jimenez left severely brain damaged after similar surgery in 2011

(Newser) - It turns out Jahi McMath isn't the first case of a tonsillectomy-gone-wrong at Children's Hospital Oakland. Two years ago, Rebecca Jimenez, then 8, went in for a similar tonsil surgery to treat her sleep apnea; now she can't walk or speak because of the severe brain damage... More »

Doctors Attach Severed Hand ... to Man's Foot

Chinese worker cut off his hand in a work accident

(Newser) - Fast-thinking doctors in China are trying to save a man's severed hand by temporarily reattaching it to his foot, the Daily Mail reports. Xiao Wei cut off his hand in a work accident early last month, leaving him "shocked and frozen on the spot," he said, "... More »

Girl, 13, Brain-Dead After Routine Tonsil Surgery

Jahi McMath's family wants answers

(Newser) - Before Jahi McMath went in for surgery to have her tonsils removed, the 13-year-old's mother assured the nervous girl everything would be OK. "I told her this surgery is to make you better," says mom Nailah Winkfield. But now Jahi is on life support even as her... More »

Man Grows New Nose ... on His Forehead

Not your average nose job

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man in China needed a new nose. So a surgeon has built him one ... on his forehead. The surgeon, Guo Zhihui from Fujian Medical University Union Hospital, constructed the second nose out of cartilage from the man's ribs, then put it under the skin on his forehead... More »

Doctor Performs Surgery Wearing Google Glass

Surgeon in India says it could be a huge help to rural hospitals

(Newser) - A surgeon in India performed two minor operations while wearing Google Glass , a feat he says demonstrates the device's potential to transform medical care in rural areas, reports the Wall Street Journal . The surgeon did hernia and gastro-intestinal procedures and live-streamed both to a group of doctors and medical... More »

Youngest Recipient of Bioengineered Organ Dies

Hannah Warren had a windpipe implanted in April

(Newser) - Hannah Warren, the youngest person ever to have had a bioengineered organ implanted, died Saturday, the New York Times reports. She was just two years old. Hannah was born without a trachea, and had a bioengineered windpipe implanted in April. Her esophagus was also involved in that surgery, and she... More »

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