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General Surgery News General Surgery News, is a monthly newspaper designed to keep general surgeons abreast of the latest developments in the field. The publication features extensive meeting coverage, analysis of journal articles, educational reviews, and information on new drugs and products.

Very few general surgery residents have insurance coverage for fertility treatments, fertility preservation, according t...
04/06/2022
Study Addresses Insurance Coverage for Fertility Treatments for Residents

Very few general surgery residents have insurance coverage for fertility treatments, fertility preservation, according to a study presented at the 2021 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.

Very few general surgery residents have insurance coverage for fertility treatments and/or fertility preservation. This insurance gap forces residents to pay out of pocket or forgo treatments entirely during training, which overlaps with critical years for fertility.

The April print issue of General Surgery News is now available to read online.
04/05/2022
April 2022 Print issue

The April print issue of General Surgery News is now available to read online.

The April issue of GSN is now available online.

Brian P. Jacob, MD, FACS, gave a presentation on chronic groin pain, titled “What Did I Miss and What Can I Do Now.” We ...
04/05/2022
Getting to the Source of Chronic Groin Pain

Brian P. Jacob, MD, FACS, gave a presentation on chronic groin pain, titled “What Did I Miss and What Can I Do Now.” We interviewed Dr. Jacob to learn more.

One common reason patients get post-op hernia pain is because the surgeon may have repaired a hernia that wasn’t the only cause of the pain. Missing parts of the full history and failing to thoroughly work up the patient before surgery can often be the reason chronic pain continues.

“Unfortunately, as everyone I spoke to reminded me, war and infections have been closely tied throughout history.” Marie...
04/05/2022
Casualties of War

“Unfortunately, as everyone I spoke to reminded me, war and infections have been closely tied throughout history.” Marie Rosenthal, MS.

I am sure I am not the only person mesmerized by the images on my screen of the millions of people fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion, of the devastation and violence.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy continues to gain wide acceptance as an adjunct modality for problematic wounds.
04/04/2022
10 Things to Know About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy continues to gain wide acceptance as an adjunct modality for problematic wounds.

With two more indications approved by the FDA in 2021, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy continues to gain wide acceptance as an adjunct modality for problematic wounds.

“The technical advances in robots, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more may create situations in which surg...
04/04/2022
Automation Dependence

“The technical advances in robots, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more may create situations in which surgeons may depend too much on their tools and not enough on their logic and common sense.” Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS.

The technical advances in robots, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more may create situations in which surgeons may depend too much on their tools and not enough on their logic and common sense. Similar to the Emirates crew, are we doomed to suffer from “automation dependence&rdquo...

We spoke with Brian P. Jacob, MD, FACS, after his presentation on chronic groin pain at the 2021 annual meeting of the A...
04/04/2022
Getting to the Source of Chronic Groin Pain

We spoke with Brian P. Jacob, MD, FACS, after his presentation on chronic groin pain at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Hernia Society.

One common reason patients get post-op hernia pain is because the surgeon may have repaired a hernia that wasn’t the only cause of the pain. Missing parts of the full history and failing to thoroughly work up the patient before surgery can often be the reason chronic pain continues.

Advanced surgical energy—clinical experience with the POWERSEAL sealer/divider curved jaw, double-action.
04/04/2022
Advanced Surgical Energy—Clinical Experience With the POWERSEAL™ Sealer/Divider Curved Jaw, Double-Action

Advanced surgical energy—clinical experience with the POWERSEAL sealer/divider curved jaw, double-action.

Bipolar energy devices have become a standard for surgeries within abdominal cavity, alongside the advancement of laparoscopic surgery. By building on the technology of devices with established utility, surgical energy device manufacturers have sought to provide additional features not only to impro...

Surgeons may not always have to sacrifice a limb to save a life.
04/01/2022
Life and Limb: Advances in the Management of the Diabetic Foot

Surgeons may not always have to sacrifice a limb to save a life.

If untreated or unsalvageable, the diabetic foot requires surgical interventions to address the risks to its viability. Lucas M. Ferrer, MD, described the use of endovascular venous arterialization for limb salvage, and William P. Robinson, MD, discussed the timing of foot amputation after reva...

Text without context: the downsides of a consumer-based approach to medicine.
03/31/2022
Text Without Context

Text without context: the downsides of a consumer-based approach to medicine.

Empowering patients with access to information has unveiled a restless dichotomy of knowledge without understanding, information without explanation and text without context. Indeed, the benefits of taking health into one’s hands ought to lead to motivation to lose weight, increase exercise, g...

“The words surgeons use to describe what we do must be translated into a recognized service or CPT code otherwise known ...
03/29/2022
‘Auf Hinweis’?: Translating the Operative Note

“The words surgeons use to describe what we do must be translated into a recognized service or CPT code otherwise known as the “op note.” Lucian Newman III, MD.

Over the recorded history of surgery, the operative note’s function has changed from a narrative description, which persists today, to a document that includes additional information that affects billing and coding, and carries medicolegal importance as well.

Synthetic mesh exhibited favorable readmission rates and lower risk for surgical complications compared with other techn...
03/28/2022
Synthetic Mesh Favorable For Emergent Ventral Hernia Repair

Synthetic mesh exhibited favorable readmission rates and lower risk for surgical complications compared with other techniques after emergent ventral hernia repair.

A large study of patients who underwent emergent ventral hernia repair has found that synthetic mesh exhibited favorable readmission rates and lower risk for surgical complications compared with other techniques.

Operations performed by surgical residents alone do not result in more deaths or complications, according to a large stu...
03/24/2022
Residents On Par With Attendings in ‘Appropriately Selected’ Cases

Operations performed by surgical residents alone do not result in more deaths or complications, according to a large study of surgical procedures.

Operations performed by surgical residents alone do not result in more deaths or complications compared with procedures performed by attending surgeons or performed jointly by attending surgeons and residents, according to a large study of surgical procedures performed in Veterans Affairs facilities...

Nicolas J. Mouawad, MD, discussed the benefits of multidisciplinary wound care and how to incentivize institutional coll...
03/23/2022
Multidisciplinary Approach Best for Managing Chronic Wounds

Nicolas J. Mouawad, MD, discussed the benefits of multidisciplinary wound care and how to incentivize institutional collaboration.

As the treatment of nonhealing wounds continues to evolve, multidisciplinary care is playing an increasingly important role in the management of complicated patients.

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center.
03/23/2022
Surgeon Wellness Focus of Upcoming Hernia Meeting

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center.

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center where surgeons can access one-on-one appointments with different alternative wellness practitioners. Organizers say the unconventional addition to the surgical conference is an attempt to raise aware...

“At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still wor...
03/22/2022
The Intern, the Ham Sandwich, the Patient With 2 Last Names and ‘the Runt’

“At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still worked very long hours but was treated like a surgery resident should be treated.” Eric Knauer, MD.

At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still worked very long hours but was treated like a surgery resident should be treated. Now I am privileged to work with and teach surgery residents of my own. I can assure you that even if....

One of the first studies of its kind has established an important reference point for national death rates associated wi...
03/22/2022
Ambulatory Surgical Centers Deemed Safe, But Mortality Varies by Procedure

One of the first studies of its kind has established an important reference point for national death rates associated with common ambulatory surgical procedures.

A uniquely designed study found that that procedures performed at ASCs are exceedingly safe, but show a marked variation in mortality by procedure type.

Researchers identified the clinical features that lead surgeons to perform temporary abdominal closure in emergency gene...
03/22/2022
Physiologic Factors Leading to Temporary Abdominal Closure In EGS Patients Identified

Researchers identified the clinical features that lead surgeons to perform temporary abdominal closure in emergency general surgery patients.

Preoperative coagulopathy, vasopressor use and incomplete source control at index operation are the clinical features most likely to lead to a surgeon performing temporary abdominal closure among emergency general surgery patients.

Six experts used a rapid-fire approach to give a brief overview of several timely issues in general surgery.
03/22/2022
Experts Discuss Hot Topics in General Surgery

Six experts used a rapid-fire approach to give a brief overview of several timely issues in general surgery.

During “Hot Topics in General Surgery,” a lineup of six expert speakers used a rapid-fire approach to give a brief overview of several timely issues. As co-moderator E. Christopher Ellison, MD, explained, “I have worked with Dr. Ken Sharp over the past nine years to select the topi...

On the Spot: controversies in surgical endoscopy.
03/21/2022
On the Spot: Controversies in Surgical Endoscopy

On the Spot: controversies in surgical endoscopy.

In this issue, I am tackling a familiar topic for the On the Spot column: surgical endoscopy. This time, I have looked at it from the standpoint of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, as well as what’s being addressed, discussed, debated and taught at the 2022 ann...

“At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still wor...
03/21/2022
The Intern, the Ham Sandwich, the Patient With 2 Last Names and ‘the Runt’

“At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still worked very long hours but was treated like a surgery resident should be treated.” Eric Knauer, MD.

At the end of my intern year, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to go to a new program where I still worked very long hours but was treated like a surgery resident should be treated. Now I am privileged to work with and teach surgery residents of my own. I can assure you that even if....

At a session on innovation in surgery at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, experts discussed how to ge...
03/21/2022
Surgical Innovation: Taking an Idea All the Way

At a session on innovation in surgery at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, experts discussed how to generate ideas, protect them and ultimately attract industry interest.

Surgeons are natural inventors, coming up with new ideas on a near-daily basis to help them perform better, more safely and more efficiently based on their patients’ unique characteristics and needs.

The March print issue of General Surgery News is now available to read online.
03/16/2022
March 2022 Print issue

The March print issue of General Surgery News is now available to read online.

The March issue of GSN is now available online

On the Spot: controversies in surgical endoscopy.
03/16/2022
On the Spot: Controversies in Surgical Endoscopy

On the Spot: controversies in surgical endoscopy.

In this issue, I am tackling a familiar topic for the On the Spot column: surgical endoscopy. This time, I have looked at it from the standpoint of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, as well as what’s being addressed, discussed, debated and taught at the 2022 ann...

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center where surgeons can ...
03/15/2022
Surgeon Wellness Focus of Upcoming Hernia Meeting

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center where surgeons can access one-on-one appointments with different alternative wellness practitioners.

An upcoming meeting of the International Hernia Collaboration will feature a surgeon wellness center where surgeons can access one-on-one appointments with different alternative wellness practitioners. Organizers say the unconventional addition to the surgical conference is an attempt to raise aware...

03/15/2022
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Tips to Improve #PatientSafety in the #OR —via General Surgery News https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/Web-Only/Article/02-22/Tips-to-Improve-Patient-Safety-in-the-OR/66193
#ICYMI - General Surgery News published an article about the innovative work we are doing in the #microbiome space. Be sure and check it out by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/23cdez4v
Front Page, baby! That’s right: General Surgery News showcased our research which compared outcomes from the different mesh removal techniques: open vs laparoscopic vs robotic. Dezzie Tk H presented this data in Austin at the annual meeting of the American Hernia Society. Read his interview in this month’s 📰 newspaper (https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/In-the-News/Article/01-22/Mesh-Removal-How-Much-Does-Surgical-Approach-Matter-/65785) Cedars-Sinai If you think you may need a mesh removal procedure, directly contact my office via phone ☎️ or email 📧 to set up a consultation. Links are all in my Bio.
This magazine is a great tool to learn the new techniques, advances in surgery and new products for General Surgery. Also gives concise narration about the history of surgery, famous surgeons, and other medical news which are current and important to the medical community.
Read this recent article on General Surgery News. It’s a sign of hope!🙏🏻 It’s a glimpse into what persistence and patient advocacy and research 🧐 can accomplish. I’m referring to the slow but real shift in thought among hernia surgeons to reconcile that: 🌟indeed we are overusing mesh 🌟certain patients may be harmed by certain hernia repairs 🌟we must listen to our patients 🌟we as surgeons don’t know everything 🌟it’s not just a hernia Link to the article: https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/Digital-Editions/Article/08-21/August-2021-Print-Issue/64290?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=0812au
C. difficile infections (CDIs) are continuing to affect the US's health systems, according to a study presented at the 2021 MAD ID: Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases annual meeting. CDIs are the most common cause of healthcare-associated infections in US hospitals, and up to 35% of patients who develop CDI will also develop recurrent CDI (rCDI). Reducing both may allow hospitals to significantly reduce stresses on operations. Read more from General Surgery News: https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/Web-Only/Article/06-21/C-difficile-Infection-Linked-to-Recurrent-Hospitalizations/63672
New study says that same-day surgery in morbidly obese individuals appears to be at least as safe as inpatient surgery #outpatientsurgery —via General Surgery News https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/Web-Only/Article/06-21/Outcomes-of-Same-Day-Surgery-Not-Worse-in-Obese-Patients/63553
Where you go for GI cancer surgery matters. Niraj Gusani, chief of the section of surgical oncology at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, comments on a study about the value of receiving surgical care at U.S. News and World Report ranked hospitals like Baptist Health Jacksonville in this General Surgery News article: https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/In-the-News/Article/04-21/Deaths-From-Complications-After-Complex-GI-Cancer-Surgery-Lower-at-Top-Hospitals-/63037 #EndCancer #EndCancerJAX
Some factors in surgical fires are unique to the OR, making them even more dangerous. For example, did you know that most OR fires are fueled by an alcohol-based skin prep and appear as a blue flame? Because these fires are often surrounded by blue surgical towels, they can be hard to detect and rapidly get out of control. Smoldering conditions are also considered as fires. “This comes into play with laparoscopy, when the fiber-optic light cord, when left in place for a short period of time, can result in burns through surgical drapes or towels,” Dr. Edward Jones MD, director of surgical endoscopy at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, said. “This can be classified as a fire even if it doesn’t extend beyond this or cause harm to the patient.” Check out this cover article from General Surgery News to learn how to prevent OR fires.
"As many individuals, organizations and communities begin to take a closer look at how they can better serve marginalized members of their social circles, workforce and populace, are we ready as surgeons to examine the inequality in our field?" writes MMS member Dr. Alaina Geary in General Surgery News. https://bit.ly/3fCGXHD
"I think the reason mistreatment correlates so strongly with increased suicidal ideation is that being mistreated or bullied can lead to intense feelings of shame." In this in-House piece, originally published on General Surgery News, Christina Frangou interviews surgical resident Rebecca Williams-Karnesky, MD, PhD in regard to a The New England Journal of Medicine study exploring #burnout & #abuse in surgical residents. https://in-housestaff.org/why-being-kind-matters-mistreatment-of-residents-leads-to-increased-rates-of-burnout-and-suicidal-ideation-1626 #happyinternationalwomensday2020
Our PAGNY Board Member, Peter K. Kim, M.D., M.M.M. is a General, Trauma, and Oncologic Surgeon at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx has shared an interesting new article “Surgeon in a strange land” in General Surgery News. https://www.generalsurgerynews.com/Opinions-and-Letters/Article/09-19/Surgeon-in-a-Strange-Land/55896 General Surgery News #GeneralSurgeryNews #Surgeon #news #SurgeryLife #surgeonslife #health #healthcareprovider #medicine #NewYork #NewYorkSurgeon