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BACKGROUND Sleeve gastrectomy involves the creation of small gastric reservoir based on lesser curvature of the stomach, which is fashioned by a longitudinal gastrectomy that preserves the antrum and pylorus together with its vagal innervation. The main complications in the early postoperative course are bleeding and gastric leak. In order to reduce these(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study is to look at laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a procedure with intent to cure morbid obesity. Secondary endpoints are related to the safety profile of the procedure. METHODS This is a prospective clinical study conducted in a single university surgical clinic. RESULTS Two hundred sixty-one patients (2.5:1 female to(More)
BACKGROUND Diverticular disease is complicated by colovesical and colovaginal fistulas in 4-20% of patients. Laparoscopic surgery is usually reserved for selected cases of uncomplicated disease. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of those patients. METHODS Eighteen patients, 15 with(More)
BACKGROUND Early detection and treatment of complications after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) are mandatory. This study aimed to evaluate C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cell (WBC) count, and neutrophil (NEU) count in relation to the early diagnosis of major surgical complications after LSG. METHODS A prospective study of 177 patients who(More)
The "Olympic idealism" that dominates modern athletic culture is a myth. The true aims of the athletes in ancient Greece were rewards and life-long appointments to various positions in the military or the city administration. Competitions in the athletic games included, among others, wrestling, boxing, and pangration (a combination of wrestling and boxing).(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether apoptosis is a possible mechanism of brain dysfunction occurring in septic syndrome. DESIGN Experimental prospective study. SETTING Laboratory of Surgical Research at the University of Athens. SUBJECTS Male pathogen-free Wistar rats. INTERVENTIONS Rats (n = 112) were subjected to sepsis by cecal ligation and(More)
BACKGROUND Staple-line reinforcement has been used with promising results in laparoscopic gastric bypass in order to reduce leakage, increase staple-line integrity, and diminish staple-site bleeding. The purpose of this study was to determine if staple-line reinforcement with bovine pericardial strips reduces surgical complications of laparoscopic sleeve(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a promising procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. The stomach is usually transected near the angle of His; hence, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) may be affected with consequences on postoperative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Staple line leak, although rare, is among the most common postoperative complications after sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and usually occurs in the gastroesophageal (GE) junction. Increased intragastric pressure, regional ischemia, and technical failure of stapling devices have been reported as the main risk factors of postoperative leak. The aim of(More)
Complications after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) are usually silent and difficult to interpret. Our purpose was to evaluate the utility of routine placement of intraperitoneal drains at the end of LSG in detection and management of postoperative complications. This is a retrospective study of all patients that underwent LSG by a standard operative(More)