Surgery

Fatialofa requires surgery

New Zealander Fatialofa injured his neck during the Warriors' 62-5 loss to Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday and was taken to St Mary's Hospital in London.

The former Hurricanes forward remains in the intensive care unit but is awake and has his family with him.

A Warriors statement read: "Initial scans were positive showing no broken bones, however, [Fatialofa] has some bruising and swelling on his spinal cord.

"He will undergo surgery this evening in order to relieve the pressure caused by the bruising and help restore function.

All Black Ardie Savea to undergo surgery

He is the second marquee player to be missing from the Wellington Hurricanes after All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett transferred to the Auckland Blues.

Savea, a finalist for the world player of the year, revealed the extent of the knee injury in an Instagram post when he said he could be sidelined for up to six months.

"Thought I'd let you guys know that I'll be getting surgery on my knee that I injured in the semi-final," Savea said.

"Unfortunately will be out for 5-6 months so will miss the majority of the Super Rugby season with my Canes brothers.

American boxer Day undergoes brain surgery

Day was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was knocked out by his compatriot in the 10th round of a bout on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.

The 27-year-old, who was removed from the ring on a stretcher, is in a coma following emergency surgery.

Day's promoter Lou DiBella tweeted: "Pat Day makes any room he is in a better place. I've never met anyone who's met Patrick and not liked him. Never heard him utter a mean word.

More surgery for SBW

Williams re-injured the troublesome knee, which he also had surgery on last year, late in the Blues victory over South African side the Stormers last month.

The 33-year-old then missed their fourth straight win, against the Waratahs last weekend, before the Blues on Thursday confirmed he would undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on Friday.

Free surgical programmes to head to Tonga

Interplast has been sending teams annually to counter the tens of millions of people in the Asia/Pacific who do not have access to surgery.

In Tonga, a lack of medical resources and limited training means people with repairable conditions are not getting the care they need.

The surgeons will deal with patients who have conditions such as cleft lip and palate, burns scarring, hand injuries or tumours.

The Interplast team will be in Tonga in the last week of February and is encouraging appointments to be made at Vaiola Hospital.

     

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion "letters" of our genetic code.

They altered lab-made embryos to remove the disease beta-thalassemia. The embryos were not implanted.

The team says the approach may one day treat a range of inherited diseases.

Australian man's thumb surgically replaced by toe

Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia.

"A bull kicked my hand into the fence," Mr Mitchell said of the incident.

He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors opted to relocate his big toe in surgery lasting eight hours.

Mr Mitchell said fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident.

"They put it in the esky [cooler] with some ice," he told the BBC.

World's heaviest woman 'smiling again' after weight reduction surgery

"She is very happy, she started dancing in her bed," Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala told CNN. "Her smile has come back."

Before she traveled to India for her operation, Eman weighed 1,102 pounds (500 kg) and she'd barely left her bedroom in more than two decades, her family said.

Over the last couple of years she'd been confined to her bed after a stroke severely impaired her speech and mobility.

Recovering from surgery or stress? Yoga can help

In my career as a mobility coach in professional sports, I've helped numerous athletes rehabilitate from sports hernia surgeries, so I was familiar with the recovery process and had set my expectations accordingly.

However, during my surgery prep and procedure, the doctor discovered that the damage to my core was considerably more than just a hernia.

Tongan girl with enormous tumour undergoes surgery in Melbourne

Pulei Latu, 19, underwent radical surgery on Friday to remove the rapidly-growing benign tumour near her cheek – which was affecting her speech and had already deformed parts of her mouth and teeth.

‘Sometimes I look in the mirror, and yeah, I think it’s grown bigger,’ Ms Latu told 7 News before the surgery.

‘It’ll be good because they change mine (sic) to my normal face.’

The teenager’s life-changing surgery was sponsored by Children First Foundation, an organisation that helps children in serious medical need from developing countries.