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  • Heart surgery rehabilitation praised by patient

    Tuesday 6th January 2015

    Patient advocate Robin Williams, who had a quadruple bypass in the year 2000, says his treatment and cardiac rehabilitation has helped to extend his life. He was speaking after British Heart Foundation Cymru said just 38% of patients who have a heart attack, angioplasty or bypass surgery receive ...

  • Robot-assisted surgery gains ground

    Monday 29th December 2014

    Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in UK hospitals. There are now 45 Da Vinci robots in England and Wales - machines that allow surgeons to operate remotely using very small, precise instruments attached to robotic arms. In the first in a series of special reports on some of the year's...

  • Fixing bones with a household drill

    Friday 19th December 2014

    Being operated on with an ordinary power drill might not sound too appealing. But an ingenious cover makes hardware store drills safe for surgery - at a tiny fraction of the cost of specialist surgical drills. In poorer countries, surgeons often have to rely on time-consuming manual drills for bo...

  • NHS patients and private hospital referrals

    Thursday 11th December 2014

    NHS patients who get referred to private hospitals for two very common surgeries enjoy better results, Newsnight analysis has shown. Looking at knee and hip replacements, the only two procedures for which there is enough data, Newsnight found patients referred to private providers did better than...

  • NHS Devon surgery restriction for smokers and obese plan revealed

    Tuesday 2nd December 2014

    Smokers and the morbidly obese in Devon will be denied routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in Devon has a £14.5m deficit and says the c...

 
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