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Postoperative lung injury is one of the most frequent complications of cardiac surgery that impacts significantly on health-care expenditures and largely has been believed to result from the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, recent comparative studies between conventional and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting have indicated that CPB(More)
OBJECTIVE The pain following thoracic surgery and trauma is often refractory to conventional analgesic strategies. However, it shares key characteristics with neuropathic pain which gabapentin, an anticonvulsant, has been proven to effectively treat. To our knowledge, this is the first prospective study assessing the use of gabapentin in cardiothoracic(More)
OBJECTIVES : This meta-analysis sought to determine whether video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) improves clinical and resource outcomes compared with thoracotomy (OPEN) in adults undergoing lobectomy for nonsmall cell lung cancer. METHODS : A comprehensive search was undertaken to identify all randomized (RCT) and nonrandomized (non-RCT) controlled(More)
OBJECTIVES To report the first multicenter experience on the treatment of end-stage emphysema using an endobronchial valve (EBV) [Emphasys EBV; Emphasys Medical; Redwood City, CA]. DESIGN Retrospective analysis from prospective multicenter registry. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS This is a study of the use of EBVs in the treatment of end-stage emphysema at(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy of video-assisted thoracic surgery for thymectomy with myasthenia gravis has not been examined. METHODS Thirty-three consecutive patients underwent total thymectomy by video-assisted techniques between 1992 and 1995. There were 13 male and 20 female patients with a mean age of 38.42 +/- 16.88 years (range 9 to 84 years). The(More)
The application of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) to major lung resection is controversial. We reviewed our combined experience in this technique from two centers in Asia. From January 1993 to December 1995, 78 patients (44 male and 34 female patients with ages ranging from 16 to 85 years) successfully underwent VATS major lung resections. Selection(More)
OBJECTIVE Careful patient selection is vital when video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) therapeutic pulmonary metastasectomy of colorectal carcinoma is considered. Complete resection of all metastatic disease remains a vital concept. We reviewed our VATS experience for therapeutic metastasectomy of peripheral colorectal pulmonary metastases. (More)
OBJECTIVE Chest wall paresthesia is a reported sequela of thoracotomy and Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) which is distinct from wound pain. Although needlescopic VATS confers less post-operative pain and better cosmesis, the incidence of paresthesia after needlescopic VATS has not been quantified. METHODS For homogeneity of the patient cohort, we(More)
OBJECTIVE Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is an established treatment for recurrent or complicated primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). However, a proportion of patients still complains of chronic pain or discomfort after VATS pleurodesis. We aimed to investigate if paresthesia is a distinct component of the post-operative discomfort in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Life-threatening massive hemoptysis requires prompt action and thoracic surgical input. Although there are a number of reports regarding each therapeutic modality for medical or surgical treatment, the significance of a multidisciplinary strategy remains undetermined. METHODS From January 1995 to December 2005, 120 patients were referred to our(More)