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BACKGROUND Oral non-absorbable antibiotics work by decreasing intraluminal bacterial content after mechanical bowel preparation. The advantage of adding oral non-absorbable antibiotics to intravenous antibiotics to decrease surgical site infection (SSI) after colorectal surgery is not well known. We conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic simulation training has proven to be effective in developing skills but requires expensive equipment, is a challenge to integrate into a work-hour restricted surgical residency, and may use nonoptimal practice schedules. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of laparoscopic skills training at home using inexpensive(More)
Doublecortin and CaM kinase-like-1 (DCAMKL-1) is a microtubule-associated protein kinase which has been recently proposed as a gastrointestinal stem cell marker. The aim of our study was to characterize DCAMKL-1 expression in normal human colon by immunohistochemistry. DCAMKL-1 immunostaining was performed on histologically normal colorectal biopsies from(More)
Incisional hernias form after surgery through incision sites and can enlarge over time. Relations between body image (BI) and health locus of control (HLC) were investigated in male patients undergoing evaluation for incisional hernia repair (n=32) and non-hernia controls (n=34). Analyses revealed that patients with incisional hernias reported significantly(More)
BACKGROUND Medicaid patients tend to have poor access to care and suffer from more obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities compared to their privately insured counterparts. The impact of Medicaid status on outcomes after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is unknown. The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence outcomes following LSG(More)
INTRODUCTION Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism and surgery to remove the thyroid gland is a common treatment option for many of these patients. Interestingly, due to the enlarged gland size, their high vascularity, and the difficulty to control bleeding, many authors feel that Graves' disease remains a contraindication to current(More)
BACKGROUND Simulators are being used to teach laparoscopic skills before residents get to the operating room. It is unknown whether the use of three-dimensional (3D) vision will facilitate laparoscopic training. Therefore, our objective was to compare the effectiveness of using 3D imaging over the traditional two-dimensional (2D) imaging to teach(More)
BACKGROUND Although splenic angioembolization (SAE) has been introduced and adopted in many trauma centers, the appropriate selection for and utility of SAE in trauma patients remains under debate. This study examined the outcomes of proximal SAE as part of a management algorithm for adult traumatic splenic injury compared with splenectomy. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to analyze the type and mechanism of blood exposure injuries on the surgical service in order to develop appropriate preventative strategies. METHODS A retrospective review of all exposure injuries affecting members of the operative care line at a single teaching institution between December 2002 and December 2005 was(More)
The mechanisms by which ischemic preconditioning (IPC) protects against reperfusion (RP) injury are unknown. The purpose of this study was to relate IPC to postischemic mechanical function, vascular reactivity, and bioenergetics. Isolated perfused rat hearts were randomized to two groups. Control (CTRL) hearts underwent 25 min of global, 37 degrees C(More)