Colin Schieman

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Incisional hernia is a common long-term complication of abdominal surgery. Historically the open repair with or without mesh was the mainstay of treatment. However, many recently published laparoscopic repair studies have challenged surgeons to re-evaluate which technique provides the best short and long-term outcomes. A Medline search of all(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study is to describe the demographics, training and practice characteristics of physicians performing thoracic surgery across Canada to better assess workforce needs. METHODS We developed a questionnaire using a modified Delphi process to generate questionnaire items. The questionnaire was administered to all Canadian(More)
BACKGROUND The long work hours in surgery may contribute to medical errors and impact patient outcomes. To date, there are no studies investigating outcomes related to fatigue in general surgery. METHODS All patients undergoing anterior resection between 1994 and 2005 at 2 university hospitals were identified. Cases were categorized as fatigued or(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracic trauma is commonly treated with tube thoracostomy. The overall complication rate associated with this procedure is up to 30% among all operators. The primary purpose of this study was to define the incidence and risk factors for complications in chest tubes placed exclusively by resident physicians. The secondary objective was to outline(More)
BACKGROUND The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming more common, particularly among cancer patients. We sought to define the frequency of CAM use among general surgery, hepatobiliary and surgical oncology patients and to define some of the determinants of CAM use in patients with benign and malignant disease. METHODS We asked(More)
We report an extremely rare case of a thymic carcinoma occurring in the subcarinal location of the middle mediastinum, masquerading as subcarinal adenopathy. A 6.2 × 5 cm mass was detected on computed tomography scan and found to be hypermetabolic on positron emission tomography scan. Transbronchial biopsy was performed and the mass was found to be(More)
BACKGROUND Non-operative management of blunt hepatic trauma is successful in the majority of hemodynamically stable patients. Due to the risk of recurrent hemorrhage, pharmacologic deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis is often delayed. The optimal timing of prophylaxis is unclear. A multi-centre, retrospective review of patients with blunt hepatic(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged air leak and high-volume pleural drainage are the most common causes for delays in chest tube removal following lung resection. While digital pleural drainage systems have been successfully used in the management of post-operative air leak, their effect on pleural drainage and inflammation has not been studied before. We hypothesized(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical trainees are required to develop competency in a variety of laparoscopic operations. Developing laparoscopic technical skills can be difficult as there has been a decrease in the number of procedures performed. This study aims to develop an inexpensive and anatomically relevant model for training in laparoscopic foregut procedures. (More)
Pulmonary carcinoid tumors are rarely associated with symptoms of the carcinoid syndrome, such as flushing and diarrhea. When present, these symptoms virtually always represent extensive hepatic metastases. In this article we describe the presentation, perioperative management, and presumed mechanisms of a patient with a localized pulmonary carcinoid with(More)