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BACKGROUND Patients with esophagogastric malignancies often require nutritional supplementation in the perioperative period, especially in the setting where neoadjuvant therapy may delay tumor resection. A simple technique is described here that can be performed at the time of staging laparoscopy and that has not been described before. RESULTS Forty-three(More)
INTRODUCTION Breast-conserving surgery for early breast cancer is now routinely used as an alternative to mastectomy. Despite post-operative radiotherapy, early local recurrence of tumour remains a concern. It has been reported that invasive and in-situ ductal carcinoma spread locally through the ductal tree in a segmental distribution, however, there is no(More)
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP) reduces appetite and induces significant and sustainable weight loss. Circulating gut hormones changes engendered by LRYGBP are implicated in mediating these beneficial effects. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is advocated as an alternative to LRYGBP, with comparable short-term weight loss and metabolic(More)
BACKGROUND Advocates of single-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SPLC) claim that improved cosmetic outcome is one of its main benefits over conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy (CLC). However, the published data quantifying the cosmetic outcome after CLC is sparse. This study aimed to determine the cosmetic outcome after CLC using a validated scar(More)
Little is known about the effect of achalasia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on compliance of the esophageal body and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Twenty-two patients with achalasia, 14 with GERD, and 14 asymptomatic volunteers were assessed. Recording apparatus consisted of a specially developed PVC bag tied to a compliance catheter, a(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to assess the accuracy of an automated oscillometric device (DINAMAP) in measuring ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) in the clinical setting. Results were then compared to those obtained using the standard Doppler technique. METHODS A prospective comparative study of 50 healthy volunteers was carried out(More)
Reconstruction of the female breast is becoming ever more frequently requested by patients after mastectomy for cancer. One of the least complex techniques is that of local tissue expansion with a permanent prosthesis. We present our experience and the clinical outcomes of the first 100 patients to have undergone surgery in the 4 years since the(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies show that 'poor responders' to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) may be identified on the basis of early postoperative weight loss. Early identification of poor responders could allow earlier provision of postoperative behavioural and/or intensive lifestyle interventions and enhance their maximal weight loss. Our aim was to(More)
BACKGROUND Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) and sleeve gastrectomy (SG) are the most common bariatric procedures undertaken globally but there are no evidenced-based criteria that inform the selection of one operation over the other. The purpose of this study was thus to compare weight loss outcomes between RYGBP and SG, and to define patient factors(More)
Approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight or affected by obesity, and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related metabolic and inflammatory disturbances. Although the mechanisms linking adiposity to associated clinical conditions are poorly understood, recent studies suggest that adiposity may influence DNA(More)