Up to 40 per cent of patients with chronic back pain could be cured with a course of antibiotics rather than surgery, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy of a Nobel prize.Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:08am
The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 1 comment
A medical team at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam has transplanted livers from two donors to recipients of different blood types for the first time in the city, thanks to a new protocol.25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the central English city of Birmingham said the 15 year old has been making "a good recovery" following surgery last weekend to fix a titanium plate to cover a missing piece of her skull.9 Feb 2013 - 4:31am
I refer to the report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).
Veterinary fees reflect the high cost of treating animals. In Hong Kong, veterinary fees, unlike medical fees, are not softened by insurance or government subsidies.
Veterinarians need to:17 Jan 2013 - 5:14am 1 comment
A surgeon with 33 years of clinical experience who mistakenly removed a patient's salivary gland instead of a tumour escaped with a reprimand yesterday.
The patient - who now has problems producing saliva and was severely distressed after the blunder more than four years ago - was not happy with the Medical Council's decision.3 Dec 2012 - 6:24am 1 comment
Spain's 74-year-old King Juan Carlos had successful hip replacement surgery, the royal palace said, after two operations on the other hip caused by a fall during a controversial African elephant-hunting safari.
"The operation, which lasted 90 minutes, was carried out under general anaesthetic and was completely satisfactory," the palace said.25 Nov 2012 - 4:02am
A Tianjin man who was HIV-positive concealed his medical condition from doctors so he could have surgery to treat his lung cancer, after several other hospitals refused to treat him, an HIV/AIDS association director revealed on the weibo social network.21 Nov 2012 - 1:16pm
Doctors and a beauty industry leader have called for the passing of a law that stipulates the procedures that only a doctor may perform.6 Oct 2012 - 3:12am
Liu Xiang told his mother he would return to the sport he loves after undergoing surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon - but she is more interested in him finding a girlfriend.15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm
A new hi-tech approach to cataract surgery introduced to Hong Kong about three months ago is said to be safer and more efficient than the traditional manual method.3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
A reversible operation that reduces stomach size has helped 27 chronically obese patients at a private hospital lose weight.
The restrictive surgery limits food intake by folding and sewing together a part of the patient's stomach. Evangel Hospital in Kowloon City is the first medical centre in Hong Kong to conduct the operation.18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Put fairness at heart of public policy
In Hong Kong, we have long been grappling with the issue of fairness, but to no significant improvement. The retail monopolies of big businesses and corporations are cases in point.
Sadly, the all-pervasive influence of unfairness is affecting our lives.17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Eight years ago when Anthony Wu Ting-yuk was appointed chairman of the Hospital Authority, he knew Queen Mary Hospital had to be rebuilt.
Yet it was only this year that the budget was finally approved for the project, and the work will not be finished until 2025.6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Over-work and a shortage of manpower are probable reasons for some hospitals having a higher mortality rate than others for patients who have had emergency surgery, the Hospital Authority says.21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am