Charles J. Filipi

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OBJECTIVE The open Nissen fundoplication is effective therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In this study, the outcomes in 198 patients treated with the laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication was evaluated for up to 32 months after surgery to ascertain whether similar positive results could be obtained. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA To ensure surgical(More)
Primary laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair is associated with up to a 42% recurrence rate. This has lead to the use of mesh for crural repair, which has resulted in an improved recurrence rate (0–24%). However, mesh complications have been observed. We compiled two cases, and our senior author contacted other experienced esophageal surgeons who provided 26(More)
Smaller individual series on the outcome of laparoscopic hernioplasty techniques have been reported. This study reports on the complications of 3,229 laparoscopic hernia repairs performed by the authors in 2,559 patients. The TAPP (transabdominal preperitoneal) technique was the most frequently performed: 1,944 (60%). The totally preperitoneal technique was(More)
BACKGROUND A totally transoral outpatient procedure for the treatment of GERD would be appealing. METHODS A multicenter trial was initiated that included 64 patients with GERD treated with an endoscopic suturing device. Inclusion criteria were 3 or more heartburn episodes per week while not taking medication, dependency on antisecretory medicine, and(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors provide an assessment of mechanisms leading to hernia recurrence after laparoscopic and traditional preperitoneal herniorrhaphy to allow surgeons using either technique to achieve better results. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The laparoscopic and traditional preperitoneal approaches to hernia repair are analogous in principle and outcome(More)
In patients undergoing a variety of procedures, surgical success is in part dependent on maintaining normal intra-abdominal pressure in the immediate postoperative period. Our objective was to quantify intragastric and intravesicular pressures during activities, through the use of manometry catheters. Ten healthy volunteers had a manometry catheter placed(More)
BACKGROUND Myotomy offers the best known cure for achalasia and can now be performed via minimal-access surgery. OBJECTIVE To examine the questions of surgical approach for Heller myotomy and choice of fundoplication in the setting of minimal-access surgery. DESIGN Thirty-nine patients with achalasia underwent Heller myotomy via either thoracoscopy or(More)
BACKGROUND Paraesophageal hernias require surgery to avoid potentially serious complications. OBJECTIVE To evaluate paraesophageal hernia repair using the laparoscopic approach. DESIGN Case series. SETTING University hospital and foregut testing laboratory. SUBJECTS Sixty-five consecutive patients (mean age, 63.6 years; range, 26-90 years).(More)
Impaired esophageal body motility is a complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In patients with this disease, a 360-degree fundoplication may result in severe postoperative dysphagia. Forty-six patients with GERD who had a weak lower esophageal sphincter pressure and a positive acid reflux score associated with impaired esophageal(More)
The incidence of common bile duct injury remains high. Intracorporeal ultrasound mapping of cystic duct anatomy, prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC), may assist surgeons in avoiding common bile duct injuries. A technique for intraoperative intracorporeal predissection ultrasound imaging (IIPUI) of the cystic duct length was tested. During LC,(More)