Barbara Chella

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Endoscopic diverticulotomy for the treatment of Zenker's diverticulum has been reported infrequently in the literature and has engendered considerable controversy. Between March 1992 and September 1996, we attempted to treat 102 patients with endoscopic treatment for pharyngoesophageal diverticula. In 98 patients, the endoscopic surgery was successfully(More)
Background: Laparoscopic treatment of large mixed hiatal hernias was attempted in eight patients. Methods: One patient (12.5%) was converted to open surgery due to difficulty in repositioning the LES into the abdomen resulting from a shortened esophagus. One left pleural tear occurred intraoperatively and was repaired without further consequence. Median(More)
Hemangiomas are tumors of vascular origin and represent less than 3% of benign neoplasm of the esophagus. We herein report a case of a 55-year-old man, who presented transitory dysphagia and weight loss. A malignancy could not be excluded by a complete work-up, including esophagogram, endoscopic biopsies, CT scan, esophageal endoscopic ultrasonography, PET(More)
Between 1991 and 1995, 18 patients affected by a resectable intramural tumor of the esophagus underwent esophagectomy with thoracoscopic dissection of the esophagus. All patients had a relative contraindication to transthoracic esophagectomy with radical lymphadenectomy. All esophagectomies were completed thoracoscopically and reconstruction of the(More)
The possibilities of laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of functional esophageal diseases (gastroesophageal reflux, achalasia and epiphrenic diverticula) are illustrated with special emphasis on the technical aspects, including intraoperative complications and postoperative care. Results are discussed on the ground of the following experience.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Failure of antireflux surgery may be due to errors in patient selection, errors in the choice of the operation, or technical errors in the performance of the operation. The purpose of this work was to review a series of patients surgically treated for a failed antireflux procedure over the past two decades. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy(More)
Eighteen patients affected by a resectable intramural tumor of the esophagus have undergone esophagectomy with thoracoscopic dissection of the esophagus in the last 4 years. All patients had a relative contraindication to transthoracic esophagectomy with radical lymphadenectomy. All esophagectomies were completed thoracoscopically and reconstruction of the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Duodeno-gastro-esophageal reflux is a common event after gastric surgery and can result in severe symptoms and mucosal injury. Medical therapy is largely ineffective. The most common remedial operation consists of a long isoperistaltic Roux-en-Y limb in order to shunt duodenal contents away from the gastric pouch and the esophagus. (More)
Redundancy of the interposed colon used as an esophageal substitute is a common finding in the long-term follow-up of these patients. When symptoms caused by food retention in the colonic loop occur, surgical correction is necessary to improve quality of life and to prevent aspiration. We report a technique to straighten the redundant colon that consists of(More)