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Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) has gained acceptance among surgeons as there is a trend to minimize the invasiveness of laparoscopy. The aim of this meta-analysis has been to assess the feasibility and safety of SILC when compared to conventional multiport laparoscopic cholecystectomy (CMLC). A literature search for trials comparing(More)
BACKGROUND The role of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) during thyroid surgery is still debatable. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the potential improvement of IONM versus RLN visualization alone (VA) in reducing the incidence of vocal cord palsy. METHODS A literature search for studies comparing(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Surgical risk is deemed to be higher in the aged population because there are often comorbidities that may affect the postoperative result. This consideration is important for the treatment decision-making for gastric cancer in the elderly. The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing mortality, morbidity, survival and(More)
The hypothesis of this meta-analysis was to assess whether laparoscopic approach shows real benefits over Lichtenstein technique in recurrent inguinal hernia repair. A literature search for prospective randomized trials comparing laparoscopic and Lichtenstein procedure in recurrent inguinal hernia repair was performed. Trials were reviewed for primary(More)
Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) has gained acceptance among surgeons as its feasibility has been well documented. The aim of this systematic review with meta-analysis has been to assess and validate the safety and feasibility of MIVAT when compared to conventional thyroidectomy (CT) and to verify other potential benefits and(More)
Background. Natural history and risk factors for diverticulitis in young patients are still debatable. This study aimed to assess whether difference exists in patients aged 50 and younger when compared to older patients and to identify risk factors for acute diverticulitis in the young. Patients and Methods. From January 2006 to December 2011, 80 patients(More)
The choice between sub-total (STT) and total (TT) thyroidectomy in surgical management of multinodular goitre should be based on the disease pathophysiology and the critical review of short and long-term results of these treatments. In order to make a comparative evaluation the authors carried out a retrospective analysis on a series of patients operated(More)
Controversy still exists about the ability to differentiate between malignant and benign Hürthle cell tumors (HCTs) before and during surgery. Diagnostic difficulties make surgical decisions debatable. The aim of this study was to evaluate factors predicting the malignancy of HCT and to plan its appropriate management. From January 1998 to May 2003 a series(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The frequency of perforated peptic ulcer is decreasing among the overall population but it is becoming more frequent among old people. The higher mortality rate in the old population, justifies the search of prognostic factors specific for the elderly. Aim of this study is to analyze and define factors influencing surgical prognosis in(More)
The aim of this study was to clarify the surgical indications and the effectiveness of total thyroidectomy in the treatment of toxic multinodular goitre. From January 1998 to May 2004, 70 patients underwent total thyroidectomy in our department because of toxic multinodular goitre. In 46 patients (65.7%) the indications for total thyroidectomy were: 25(More)