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BACKGROUND Advanced laparoscopic techniques have been adapted to various surgical pathologies, including pancreatic tumors, with the potential benefits of attenuated surgical trauma, faster recovery, and improved cosmesis. Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery is technically demanding, and thus has not yet gained widespread acceptance. The aim of this study was(More)
BACKGROUND Local excision for early rectal cancer has low morbidity and good functional results. Its use is limited by the inability to assess regional lymph nodes and by the uncertainty of oncologic outcome. METHODS We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent local excision of early rectal cancer in two colorectal units(More)
BACKGROUND Mechanical bowel preparation prior to colorectal surgery may reduce infectious complications, facilitate tumor localization, and allow intraoperative colonoscopy, if required. However, recent data suggest that mechanical bowel preparation may not facilitate a reduction in infectious complications. During laparoscopic colectomy, manual palpation(More)
AIM Successful anal fistula care is aided by specialized imaging accurately defining the site of the internal opening and fistula type. Imaging techniques are complementary, designed to answer specific anatomical questions. There are limited data concerning the clinical value of transperineal ultrasound (TP-US) in both cryptogenic fistula-in-ano and(More)
Purpose: The use of laparoscopic techniques has been widely accepted for most solid organ malignancies, but its use for distal colorectal cancer is still controversial. The aim of this study is to review our experience with laparoscopic resections of distal colorectal cancer and to assess patients' outcome. Methods: A retrospective chart review of(More)
BACKGROUND Mesh hernia repair is one of the most frequently performed procedures in general surgery. Recently, use of the self-gripping mesh demonstrated a beneficial effect on postoperative pain in inguinal hernia repairs. However, in intra-abdominal placement, the use of this novel mesh requires greater laparoscopic skill and dexterity because of the(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment of rectal cancer has changed significantly over the last few decades. Advanced surgicil techniques have led to an increase in the rate of sphincter-preserving operations, even for low rectal tumors. This was facilitated by preoperative oncologic treatment and the use of chemoradiation to downstage the tumor before resection. The(More)
BACKGROUND We report our initial experience combining cytoreductive surgery (CRS) plus intraperitoneal chemotherapy with hyperthermia (HIPEC) in a selected group of patients presenting with disseminated peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) of colorectaL or appendiceaL origin at a single tertiary referral institution. METHODS The study included patients who(More)
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