Jul 15, 2016

Japan consumer watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table. In a report definitely not for the squeamish, the National Consumer Affairs Center (NCAC) revealed customer service and other ...

Surgery starts in Texas to separate infant conjoined twins

Apr 13, 2016

Surgery starts in Texas to separate infant conjoined twins

Surgery has started in Texas to separate two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist. Jeff Salzgeber, a spokesman for Driscoll Children’s Hospital, said the multi-hour operation began Tuesday morning. Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres share a colon and bladders that will be reconstructed. Their ...

Delicate preemie survives heart surgery in Okayama

Oct 30, 2015

Delicate preemie survives heart surgery in Okayama

A hospital said Friday it successfully operated on a highly premature newborn for tetralogy of Fallot, a complex heart condition comprising four separate defects. Okayama University Hospital said it was the first such surgery ever completed successfully in Japan. Cardiovascular surgeon Shunji Sano, who ...

Jun 12, 2015

Ex-madam gets 10 years in prison over buttock-enhancement death

A former madam who performed illegal “body sculpting” was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks. Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors during ...

Mar 24, 2015

Survey finds high death rate after complex liver surgery

Alarmed by a spate of deaths following laparoscopic operations last year at Gunma University Hospital, a surgeons association has surveyed other medical institutions and found a worryingly high death rate nationwide. The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery surveyed 212 medical institutions in January and ...