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Loop ileostomies are used currently in surgical practice to reduce the consequences of distal anastomotic failure following colorectal resection. It is often assumed that reversal of a loop ileostomy is a simple and safe procedure. However, many studies have demonstrated high morbidity rates following loop ileostomy closure. The aims of this systematic(More)
BACKGROUND Energy-based hemostatic devices are increasingly being used in thyroid surgery. However, there are several limitations with regard to the existing evidence and a paucity of guidelines on the subject. The goal of this review is to employ the novel evidence synthesis technique of a network meta-analysis to assess the comparative effectiveness of(More)
BACKGROUND Obturator hernias (OH) account for a rare presentation to the surgical unit usually associated with bowel obstruction and strangulation. The treatment of this condition is classical laparotomy with repair of the hernia and bowel resection, if deemed necessary; recently, the laparoscopic approach has been reported in literature. This review(More)
The purpose of this study is to present the incidence of anastomotic leakage after colon resection and intraperitoneal anastomosis for colorectal cancer. In the last ten years, 205 patients underwent colonic resection with intraperitoneal anastomosis for colon cancer. The surgical management of colorectal cancer consisted of 66 right hemicolectomies, 3(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to describe a single institution's experience in the use of transanal endoscopic microsurgery for rectal tumors. METHODS Between 1996 and 2005, transanal endoscopic microsurgery was performed in 76 patients. The histologic diagnosis was adenoma in 48 and adenocarcinoma in 28 patients. RESULTS Clear resection margins(More)
Since the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy into general practice in 1990, it has rapidly become the dominant procedure for gallbladder surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the results of the laparoscopic, open and mini-laparotomy approaches to cholecystectomy. Our study covers a period of 6 years. A total of 1,276 patients underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Routine intra-operative cholangiography (IOC) during laparoscopic cholecystectomy is often not performed because of increased operative time, radiation, and failure rate. Laparoscopic ultrasound (LUS) is a less invasive alternative but studies comparing it to IOC have been of small sample size. This study aims to assess the diagnostic accuracy of(More)
Oesophageal cancer is the 7th most common cause of cancer-related death in the developed world and the incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma is now the fastest growing of any gastrointestinal cancer. Lymph node involvement is the single most important prognostic factor in oesophageal cancer. Imaging to determine the extent of lymph node involvement and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aims of this prospective study were to determine carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels and incidence of cytology in peritoneal washings of patients with colorectal cancer, correlate the results with various histopathological factors and determine their significance as prognostic factors of the disease. METHODS From 1992 to 1999, 98 patients(More)