Farah Karipineni

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Bariatric surgery in the adolescent continues to be a controversial topic. This study compared the utilization and perioperative outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery performed at academic centers from 2002 to 2006 versus 2007 to 2009. We obtained data from the University HealthSystem Consortium for all adolescent patients (ages 12-18 years) who(More)
In the beginning of the academic year, medical errors are often attributed to inexperienced medical staff. This potential seasonal influence on health care outcomes is termed the "July effect." No study has demonstrated the July effect in liver transplantation. We reviewed retrospectively collected data from the United Network for Organ Sharing for patients(More)
BACKGROUND The Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) has been used as a prognostic tool since 2002 to predict pre-transplant mortality. Increasing proportions of transplant candidates with higher MELD scores, combined with improvements in transplant outcomes, mandate the need to study surgical outcomes in patients with MELD scores of ≥40. METHODS A(More)
The effect of donor body mass index (BMI) and donor type on kidney transplant outcomes has not been well studied. Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data on recipients of deceased-donor kidneys between 1997 and 2010 were reviewed. Donors were categorized by DCD status (DCD, 6932; non-DCD, 90,158) and BMI groups at 5 kg/m(2) increments: 18.5-24.9,(More)
BACKGROUND Warm ischemic time (WIT) in kidney transplantation has significant effects on graft survival, function, and postoperative morbidity. We utilized the Ice Bag Technique (IBT) to determine if eliminating WIT would decrease the incidence and length of delayed graft function (DGF) in our cohort. METHODS We conducted a prospective study of 150 kidney(More)
OBJECTIVES Incisional hernias can occur after any abdominal operation, including after renal transplant. Several risk factors have been identified in nonimmunosuppressed surgical patients. We aimed to identify whether specific risk factors correlated with the development of incisional hernias after renal transplant. The existence of associations between(More)
OBJECTIVES Grafts from extended criteria donors, donors after cardiac death, and elderly donors have an increased risk of delayed graft function, lower graft survival, longer hospital stay, higher costs, and increased medical sequelae. A modifiable risk factor for delayed graft function may be the performance of dialysis on the same day as renal transplant.(More)
Despite improvements in parathyroidectomy success rates, patients with persistent primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) after initial surgery continue to challenge clinicians. Some of the challenges are due to ectopic parathyroid adenomas, including thymic, intrathyroidal, carotid sheath and mediastinal glands, and others are because of supernumerary glands.(More)
Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is a radiologic finding associated with multiple conditions and a high mortality rate (33-40%, 1-3). The current literature addressing PI is limited to an unselected population. This is the first study addressing the management of PI in cirrhotics, a population in which surgical intervention is particularly risky. While(More)
INTRODUCTION The "July effect" is a widely discussed phenomenon of worse patient outcomes at teaching hospitals in July due to inexperienced house staff. METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data from Oct 1, 1987 to June 30, 2011, including longitudinal censored data of 360,330 transplantations.(More)