Benjamin K. Poulose

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Ventral hernia repair (VHR) lacks standardization of care and exhibits variation in delivery. Complications of VHR, notably recurrence and infection, increase costs. Efforts at obtaining federal funding for VHR research are frequently unsuccessful, in part due to misperceptions that VHR is not a clinical challenge and has minimal impact on healthcare(More)
Two treatment options exist for choledocholithiasis (CDL): endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and common bile duct exploration (CBDE). Resource utilization measured by total in-hospital charges (THC) and length of stay (LOS) was compared using the propensity score (PS). In this study, PS was the probability that a patient received CBDE(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to determine whether surgical enucleation of mucinous cystadenoma of the pancreas is a safe and adequate operation. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Mucinous cystadenomas of the pancreas are premalignant cystic lesions. Resection is the preferred treatment but often requires a pancreatoduodenectomy or a distal pancreatectomy with or(More)
Simulators may improve the efficiency, safety, and quality of endoscopic training. However, no objective, reliable, and valid tool exists to assess clinical endoscopic skills. Such a tool to measure the outcomes of educational strategies is a necessity. This multicenter, multidisciplinary trial aimed to develop instruments for evaluating basic flexible(More)
BACKGROUND As general surgeons perform a growing number of laparoscopic operations in increasingly specialized environments, the ability to obtain expert advice during procedures becomes more important. Technological advances in video and computer communications are enabling surgeons to procure expertise quickly and efficiently. In this article, we present(More)
The immunologic and physiologic effects of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) versus traditional surgical approaches are poorly understood. Previous investigations have shown that NOTES and laparoscopy share similar inflammatory cytokine profiles except for a possible late-phase tissue necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) depression with NOTES.(More)
Flexible endoscopy is an integral part of surgical care. Exposure to endoscopic procedures varies greatly in surgical training. The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has developed the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), which serves to teach and assess the fundamental knowledge and skills required to practice flexible(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluates the effect of resident physician work hour limits on surgical patient safety. BACKGROUND Resident work hour limits have been enforced in New York State since 1998 and nationwide from 2003. A primary assumption of these limits is that these changes will improve patient safety. We examined effects of this policy in New York on(More)
The operative results of 100 laparoscopic adrenal resections in 94 patients and the subsequent impact on postoperative antihypertensive therapy are presented. Clinical and follow-up data for resections performed between 1995 and 2003 were obtained from medical records, patient questionnaires, and telephone interviews. The diseases included Conn’s syndrome(More)
HYPOTHESIS Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is more cost-effective for managing incidental choledocholithiasis (CDL) after laparoscopic cholecystectomy and intraoperative cholangiogram (LC/IOC) than laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE). DESIGN A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed to compare ERCP with LCBDE.(More)