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BACKGROUND Robotic lung resection is gaining popularity despite limited published evidence. Comparative studies are needed to provide information about the safety and effectiveness of robotic resection. Therefore, we compared our initial experience with robotic anatomic resection to our most recent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) cases. (More)
BACKGROUND In 2012 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved implantation of a magnetic sphincter to augment the native reflux barrier based on single-series data. We sought to compare our initial experience with magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) with laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF). METHODS A retrospective case-control study(More)
INTRODUCTION Giant paraesophageal hernias (PEH) involve herniation ofstomach and/or other viscera into the mediastinum. These are usually symptomatic and commonly occur in the elderly. The benefits and risks of operating on elderly patients with giant PEH have not been clearly elucidated. MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a retrospective chart review of(More)
Magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) has emerged as an alternative surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The safety and efficacy of MSA has been previously demonstrated, although adequate comparison to Nissen fundoplication (NF) is lacking, and required to validate the role of MSA in GERD management. A multi-institutional(More)
Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is increasingly utilized to treat patients with achalasia. Early results have demonstrated significant improvement of symptoms, but there are concerns about postoperative reflux. With only limited comparative data available, we sought to compare POEM to laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) with partial fundoplication. This is(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the manometric changes, function, and impact of magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). BACKGROUND Implantation of a MSA around the gastroesophageal junction has been shown to be a safe and effective therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease, but its effect on the LES has not been elucidated.(More)
BACKGROUND Activation of extravascular coagulation has been reported in acute lung injury models of sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Thrombin, the main effector protease of extravascular coagulation, activates proinflammatory cell types, including macrophages, endothelial cells, and neutrophils, each of which participates in lung(More)
BACKGROUND Adequate mediastinal staging is crucial in patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Mediastinoscopy is often omitted after induction therapy or prior mediastinoscopy because of concerns for potential morbidity, safety and unknown utility. We sought to determine the safety and utility of restaging mediastinoscopy before surgical(More)
BACKGROUND A regional quality improvement effort does not exist for thoracic surgery in the United States. To initiate the development of one, we sought to describe temporal trends and hospital-level variability in associated outcomes and costs of pulmonary resection in Washington (WA) State. METHODS A cohort study (2000-2011) was conducted of operated-on(More)
BACKGROUND A malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is a late complication of malignancy that affects respiratory function and quality of life. A strategy for palliation of the symptoms caused by MPE should permanently control fluid accumulation, preclude any need for reintervention, and limit hospital length of stay (LOS). We compared video-assisted thorascopic(More)