No. 5 Innovation: A Support System for Surgery (Video)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014. In the past, monitoring patients during surgery was relatively simple — a finger on the pulse and a blood pressure cuff. However, advances … Read More

Smoking Before Surgery Increases Risk of Death

Learning that you need an operation can be scary, but there’s one anxiety-buster you must avoid before surgery — cigarettes. “Smoking before surgery puts you at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, blood clots, pneumonia and even death,” says general surgeon Kevin El-Hayek, MD. “When I schedule surgery, I tell my patients they should … Read More

Keeping Patients Warm and Safe During Surgery

How can a surgical team prevent a patient from becoming too cold while under anesthesia? This is one of the important questions explored by the Department of Outcomes Research, an integral part of Cleveland Clinic’s Anesthesiology Institute. Founded in 2005 by Daniel Sessler, MD, the department supports every aspect of clinical anesthesiology research, including trial … Read More

Robot Gives Surgeon Four Arms (Video)

Most of my surgeries are done laparoscopically. That means that instead of making a long painful incision, I can take out a colon using tiny incisions that are hard to see and cause less pain after surgery. I get to try the newest innovations in the field of laparoscopy. This includes a robot that transforms … Read More

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Do You Need Cancer Surgery?

If you or a family member needs surgery to treat cancer, you probably feel some anxiety or fear. Everyone does. My patients often express concerns about post-operative pain, complications, recovery and likelihood of long-term health after surgery. But I want to tell you that cancer treatment has come a long way. And I also want … Read More