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He Cut Out a 'Tumor.' It Was Actually Her Kidney

Florida surgeon Ramon Vazquez faces complaint from state

(Newser) - Maureen Pacheco suffered from back pain she hoped the fusing of vertebrae in her lower back could fix. A surgeon instead removed one of her kidneys. Dr. Ramon Vazquez, whom Pacheco met moments before going under the knife at Florida's Wellington Regional Medical Center on April 29, 2016, was... More »

Surgeon Who Removed Healthy Kidney Denies Negligence

He was supposed to remove woman's adrenal gland

(Newser) - A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly removing an Iowa woman's healthy kidney but denied that he breached the standard of care, according to the surgeon's response to a lawsuit filed by the patient. Dr. Scott Baker and the Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in an answer... More »

Thinking About Lasik? The Risks Are Painfully Real

Patient advocates complain not enough warnings are given on complications that can be severe

(Newser) - The promise of Lasik is it may offer an end to contacts and glasses; the reality is that it could lead to problems that may leave you longing for the old contacts and glasses. The New York Times reports on long-documented complications—including post-procedure complaints of double vision, painful dry... More »

She's Accused of Dancing During Surgery. Now, Repercussions

Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte defends herself: 'I'm a surgeon, I'm supposed to be able to multitask'

(Newser) - She boasts on her site that she's "[discreetly]" a "doctor to the stars," but there was nothing discreet about what Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte allegedly did while operating on some of her patients. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Georgia Composite Medical Board has suspended the dermatologist's... More »

Statement on Melania's Kidney Surgery Raises Questions

Unaffiliated doctors speculate on the cause, length of hospital stay

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday addressed his wife's kidney surgery , tweeting , "Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love and support!" The White House on Monday said Melania Trump "underwent an embolization... More »

Owner Decides 17-Year-Old Cat Is Worth a $19K Surgery

Betsy Boyd didn't hesitate to pony up money for kidney transplant for her 'muse' Stanley

(Newser) - When Stanley needed a potentially lifesaving kidney transplant, Betsy Boyd didn't blink at coughing up the $19,000 needed to pay for it. What has the generosity of this Baltimore mother of two making headlines, per the Baltimore Sun : That amount is more than 40% of her annual salary,... More »

After Years of Chronic Pain, Dunham Has Hysterectomy

Tough decision came after 'surgeries measuring in the double digits'

(Newser) - Lena Dunham has undergone a total hysterectomy after years of chronic pain caused by endometriosis, which is caused by tissue from the uterus lining growing outside the organ. The Endometriosis Foundation of America says the Girls star, who had the operation to remove her uterus and cervix in recent months,... More »

After Dozens of Surgeries, 'Tree Man's' Prospects Bleak

Doctors thought he was cured, but growths are returning

(Newser) - In February 2016, Abul Bajandar underwent his first surgery to remove giant warts that looked like tree bark from his hands and feet. Roughly one year and 16 surgeries later, things were looking up . A year past that, with the Bangladeshi man's surgery tally at 24, the news isn'... More »

Jeopardy! on Hold After Trebek Has Brain Surgery

Host is recuperating from procedure in December

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has a "slight medical problem," in his words—but it's serious enough that Jeopardy! is now on hiatus. NBC News reports the 77-year-old game show host underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots on Dec. 16 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now... More »

Suit: Doc Took Test on Phone During Woman's Surgery

Woman says doctor told her later that he was taking a language test

(Newser) - A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her, per the AP . The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards of Port Chester filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and... More »

He Ran Out of Cauterizing Oil, and It Changed Medicine

A look at battlefield medical innovations

(Newser) - We have the Civil War to thank in part for America's embrace of embalming—the practice gained popularity as it was the only viable way to preserve the bodies of fallen Northern soldiers for the long journey home. At STAT , Leah Samuel echoes that idea: that the battlefield has... More »

ICE Agents Swoop In, Take Child From Hospital Post-Surgery

Now 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, could be deported

(Newser) - An ICE "sensitive locations" directive says federal agents shouldn't try to enforce the law at such locations except under "exigent circumstances." But the family of Rosamaria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had gallbladder surgery at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, says ICE... More »

Parents and Doctors, Hold Off on This 'Devastating' Surgery

Don't operate on intersex kids until they're the age of consent and can fully participate

(Newser) - When Kimberly Mascott Zieselman was 15, she had surgery she now says caused "irreversible harm" due to others' "discomfort with difference." In her op-ed for USA Today , Zieselman explains how, as a young teen, she didn't get her period like other girls, and when her parents... More »

In Possible World First, Heart Surgery Saves Baby in Womb

Doctors in Canada perform in utero balloon atrial septoplasty

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada are patting themselves on the back after what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind heart surgery that saved the life of an unborn child. Halfway through her pregnancy, Kristine Barry of Barrie, Ont., learned her unborn son had a heart defect in which the two main arteries... More »

What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

Thumbs-Up for What Doctors Did With Aussie Man's Big Toe

They replaced Zac Mitchell's severed thumb with his toe after farm accident

(Newser) - It was just another April day on a Western Australia farm for Zac Mitchell, until it suddenly wasn't. In a freak accident described by the ABC , the cattle worker was herding the animals in his charge when one bull "cleaned me up and kicked my hand up against... More »

Mom Tweets Son's $231K Surgery Bill in Plea to Save ACA

Alison Chandra fears her son will lose coverage under 'TrumpCare'

(Newser) - A New Jersey mother has given an adorable face to the healthcare debate in a viral Twitter thread detailing her toddler son’s rare genetic disorder and the costs it could incur should ObamaCare be repealed. Alison Chandra’s foray into the debate began Friday, when she posted a photo... More »

Hospitals Are Scrambling for the 'Simplest of Drugs'

There's a critical shortage of sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda

(Newser) - The "simplest of drugs" is in short supply at hospitals around the country, causing crucial surgeries and other treatments to be reprioritized, and it's a cheap drug whose main ingredient may be found in your own pantry, the New York Times reports. That drug is sodium bicarbonate solution,... More »

'Odd Retching' Noise, Then a Mom's Panic

Her 10-year-old daughter had swallowed a piece of her fidget spinner toy

(Newser) - Fidget spinners, the hottest toy on the market, may also pose a serious choking risk. So says a mother in a Facebook post that's gone viral with more than 710,000 shares after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed one of the toy's weighted bearings. Kelly Rose Joniec, a Houston-area... More »

Surgery a Success on Baby With 4 Legs

The procedure took 5 surgeons 6 hours to complete

(Newser) - Many new parents joke about counting fingers and toes when their baby is born, but a mother in the Ivory Coast was confronted with an entire extra pair of legs—and those legs were growing out of her baby girl's spine. The cause is actually straightforward: Baby Dominique (her... More »

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