Antibiotics can cure chronic lower back pain, say Danish scientists

Studies show antibiotics can treat chronic lower back pain.

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

Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Dr Albert Yuen

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

Improved odds for liver surgery

Mr Lei (centre) was saved by the new protocol. Photo: David Wong

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

Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital after successful surgery

Malala Yousafzai

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

Distorting the reality of vets' fees

Veterinary fees reflect the high cost of treating animals, where operations are likely more complicated and difficult than performing surgery on a human. Photo: Reuters

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

Warning for doctor who removed salivary gland instead of tumour

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

Spanish king's hip surgery successful

Spanish King Juan Carlos. Photo: EPA

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

Man hides HIV status to obtain surgery

Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Law stipulating doctors' role in beauty procedures sought

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's mum hopes hurdler will find love

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

Hospital helps obese with new technique

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

'Urgent' hospital rebuild 13 years off

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

Poorly ranked hospitals strained

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