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BACKGROUND This study was designed to determine the efficacy of laparoscopy on patients with a history of recurrent and chronic abdominal pain longer than 3 months, of unknown origin. METHODS From September 1990 to May 1994, we performed 66 laparoscopic treatments on 59 patients. The assessment of life quality ensured the disability score, the McGill pain(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic pains after lateral thoracotomy are present in up to 40% of cases. Chronic sequels after thoracoscopy are less common, but nevertheless, a cause for complaints by patients. Pain often reflects a recurrence of malign disease. For this reason, we only investigated patients with benign disease. METHODS We retrospectively investigated the(More)
Seventy patients after rectosigmoid resection were randomized to a rectal anastomosis either in the single or double stapling technique. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups. A trend in favor of the double stapling technique was noted: 2.8 percent clinical leaks vs. 8.6 percent in the single stapling technique.
High-frequency pulsation (HFP), a modified high-frequency jet ventilation (HFJV) technique, was applied intraoperatively as an alternative to conventional inter mittent positive-pressure ventilation in 16 patients undergoing major thoracic operations. Gas exchange and hemodynamic stability were maintained at a frequency of 300 cycle/min. Surgical maneuvers(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS This report provides our experience in 103 patients with adenocarcinoma of the rectum along with a general overview of the use of circular stapler in rectal surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-two patients were randomized to a rectal anastomosis using either the single (SST) or double stapling technique (DST). RESULTS From February 1991(More)
Long-term incorporation of foreign material or tissue in circumferential tracheal replacement will lead to progressive growth of granulation tissue, provoking either airway stenosis or a reduction of subepithelial blood supply and thereby preventing the appearance of functioning ciliated epithelium in the replaced segment. In experience with dogs, a 5 cm(More)