By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 22 Comments
    Show 1074: Surviving Medical Errors and Seeking …

    Medical errors and misadventures account for surprisingly high mortality in the U.S. Some experts estimate that they should be considered the third leading cause of death in this country. Many such mi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 25 Comments
    Show 1071: How You Can Get Relief from Chronic P…

    Spine surgeon David Hanscom does some of the most complicated surgery you can imagine on bad backs. But his patients get even more benefit from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he …

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 15 Comments
    What Are the Benefits and Risks of Mesh in Herni…

    When people need surgery to fix abdominal hernias, the surgeon often uses a piece of mesh to strengthen the hernia repairs. The investigators reviewed the records of all surgical hernia repairs in Den…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2016 2 Comments
    Is Cardiac Evaluation Before Surgery a Mistake?

    Many people anticipating some type of operation other than one on their hearts are sent for cardiac evaluation with coronary artery angiography before surgery.  Surgeons want to make sure that their …

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 8 Comments
    Does Appendicitis Always Require Surgery?

    A new study suggests that appendicitis doesn't always need to be treated with surgery. This is a radical idea, given that most physicians and patients believe that acute appendicitis requires emergenc…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 5 Comments
    Physical Therapy Eases Low Back Pain as Well as …

    Lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition in which narrowing of the spinal column crowds the spinal cord causing serious pain, is frequently treated with spinal surgery. Spinal stenosis is not unusual as pe…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2015 5 Comments
    Why Do Surgical Patients Land Back in the Hospit…

    Hospitals have begun paying much more attention to readmissions of patients within a month after they have been discharged. That is because neither Medicare nor Medicaid will pay for the care of such …

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 32 Comments
    Show 972: New Pathways to Overcome Chronic Back …

    At some point during our lives, most of us will have at least one episode of back pain. Sharp or dull, the pain can come on at an unexpected moment and dominate our lives for days or weeks, until it d…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2014 2 Comments
    Propofol Linked to Less Confusion after Surgery

    Q. After reading your column on the aftereffects of anesthesia, I want to share my own experience. I had severe memory lapses for months after undergoing anesthesia. It was like knowing something was …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 26 Comments
    Did Anesthesia Scramble His Brain?

    Q. What can you tell me about the after-effects of surgical anesthesia? I am a healthy 72-year-old man, still very active. Five days ago I had TURP prostate surgery. Now I’m plodding through a two-w…