Diane H Rhoden

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BACKGROUND Peritoneal dialysis is used for renal replacement therapy in over 25,000 patients in the United States. Some authors have recommended laparoscopic guidance for peritoneal dialysis catheter (PDC) placement, although consensus statements have not favored a specific technique. This study reviews outcomes in patients in whom placement was performed(More)
BACKGROUND Hemodialysis access by autogenous arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) is generally recommended due to lower mortality, morbidity, and cost vs graft and catheter use. Many dialysis patients lack the common superficial veins used for standard AVF options and require transposition of a deep vein for autogenous dialysis access through a long open incision(More)
BACKGROUND Achalasia is an uncommon illness affecting 1 per 100,000 patients yearly. There is evidence to suggest viral, autoimmune, and hereditary etiologies. There are many treatment options available including medications, botulinum toxin injection, pneumatic dilation, and surgical myotomy. METHODS We present a retrospective review of patients(More)
Laparoscopic gastric banding is a valuable surgical option for treating morbidly obese patients. Its operative technique is continually being refined. Since its inception, many changes in technique have helped to reduce the complication rate. Currently, the major complications are obstruction, erosion, and band slippage. Band slippage requires surgical(More)
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