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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the postoperative pain, complications, and recurrence after bilayer polypropylene mesh inguinal hernioplasty using fibrin sealant versus sutures for fixation. METHODS Patients were assigned randomly to either a mesh fixed with suture group (n = 26) or a mesh fixed with fibrin sealant group (n = 30).(More)
Experience collected from 5200 cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) and 29 patients (6 ours, 23 referred) with major common bile duct (CBD) injury during LC in our institute between December 1990 and July 2004 was reported to demonstrate that the system approach we applied in performing LC prevents CBD injury and enhances surgical performance. Each(More)
AIM To investigate health-related quality of life data of disease-free gastric adenocarcinoma survivors, with special emphasis on the roles of clinical stages and reconstructive surgical procedures. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study in 51 disease-free gastric adenocarcinoma patients. The patients had been followed for at least 6 (median 17,(More)
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) accounts for approximately 15-20% of all types of breast cancer, and treatment is still limited. This type of breast cancer shows a high risk of recurrence, visceral metastasis, a worse prognosis, and shorter distant metastasis-free survival. Several studies have been reported that genetics factors are associated with(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the association of quality-of-life status with baseline laboratory findings among Taiwanese adults having symptomatic gallstone disease. A prospective quality-of-life survey was administered at a tertiary referral medical center among 102 consecutive adults with symptomatic gallstone disease. Patients underwent(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in quality-of-life following laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) in adults with cholelithiasis. Patients were evaluated with the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) preoperatively and 12 months after LC. Outcome predictors were(More)
Although laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has become the gold standard for the management of gallstone disease, the application of laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE) for choledocholithiasis has been slower. The aim of this study is to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of LCBDE. A retrospective cohort study was conducted to compare(More)
PURPOSE Laparoscopic incisional and ventral hernia repair (LIVHR) has been advocated for short hospital stay, rapid ambulation, and low recurrence rates and has gained increasing popularity. We report here the outcomes of long-term follow-up of LIVHR. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The series comprised 100 LIVHR procedures performed between June 2000 and February(More)
The relatively high incidence of gastric cancer in Taiwan warranted the need of a disease-specific quality of life (QOL) instrument. We translated the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-STO22 according to the guidelines from the EORTC. A total of 100 patients were interviewed. Convergent and discriminant validity, Cronbach's alpha coefficient and known-groups(More)
The aim of the study is to evaluate gene component analysis for microarray studies. Three dimensional reduction strategies, Principle Component Regression (PCR), Partial Least Square (PLS) and Reduced Rank Regression (RRR) were applied to publicly available breast cancer microarray dataset and the derived gene components were used for tumor classification(More)