Elias J Arous

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OBJECTIVE Endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) has gained wide acceptance for the elective treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), leading to interest in similar treatment of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (RAAA). The purpose of this study was to evaluate national outcomes after EVAR for RAAA and to assess the effect of institutional volume(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility and potential benefits of hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery with the HandPort System, a new device. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA In hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a hand into the abdomen while pneumoperitoneum is maintained. The hand assists laparoscopic instruments and is helpful in complex(More)
A deviation in an indirect measurement of intramural pH below the limits of normality (6.86) was used as a diagnostic test for sigmoid ischemia in 25 high-risk patients undergoing abdominal aortic operations. The clinical diagnosis of ischemic colitis was made by the attending physicians in only two of the 25, on the day after operation in one and three(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies analyzing the effects of volume on outcomes after abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair have primarily centered on institutional volume and not on individual surgeon volume. We sought to determine the relative effects of both surgeon and institution volume on mortality after open and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for intact AAAs. (More)
We observed myocardial ischemia in 135 of 808 patients undergoing routine ECG-monitored treadmill tests before vascular reconstructive operations. Postoperative infarction incidence was 27% among 56 patients who had operations regardless of test results. When patients had a lesser procedure, such as extra-anatomic bypass, infarction incidence decreased to(More)
OBJECTIVE In this retrospective multicenter study, the results of a minimally invasive method of endovascular-assisted in situ bypass grafting (EISB) versus "open" conventional in situ bypass grafting (CISB) were evaluated with a comparison of primary and secondary patency, limb salvage, and cost. METHODS Enrolled in this study were 273 patients: 117(More)
BACKGROUND Aortobifemoral bypass grafting is the treatment of choice for patients with symptomatic aortoiliac occlusive disease. Yet, traditional operative exposure through a midline laparotomy incision carries significant morbidity. The authors compare operative and patient outcomes following hand-assisted laparoscopic aortobifemoral (HALABF) bypass and(More)
A 49-year-old kidney transplant recipient was admitted with the diagnosis of acute iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT) extending into the external iliac vein in close proximity to the renal vein anastomosis. Thrombolytic therapy with urokinase was used and complete lysis of the thrombus was achieved within 36 hr. We feel that this method of therapy,(More)
BACKGROUND Endovascular procedure volume has increased rapidly, and endovascular procedures have become the initial treatment option for many vascular diseases. Consequently, training in endovascular procedures has become an essential component of vascular surgery training. We hypothesized that, due to this paradigm shift, open surgical case volume may have(More)
Femoral pseudoaneurysms are one of the common iatrogenic complications following catheterization procedures done via the femoral approach. Their treatment has evolved over the last decade from operative repair to ultrasound-guided compression (USGC) and more recently to thrombin injection of the pseudoaneurysm. We report our experience with that technique(More)