Francesca Lirosi

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OBJECTIVE Trocar-site incisional hernias and their complications are reported in 1% to 6% of patients. Such hernias are attributed to the difficulty of applying standard suturing techniques to wound closure. We report our experience with a simple device, the Deschamps ligature needle. METHODS The Deschamps needle has a handle and a tip (sharp or blunt),(More)
Although the use of drains is common in clinical practice, its real role in the prophylaxis and therapy of postoperative complications is still not clear. In the literature we can find both supporters of drains, and many opponents who consider their use unnecessary and sometimes even dangerous. In fact, during new experimental and clinical studies, it was(More)
Chronic abdominal pain syndrome is becoming increasingly important with regard to the quality of life of the patients and its social and economic impact, in terms of cost of hospitalization, income loss due to sick leave, and pharmaceutical costs for treatments which fail to offer either significant clinical improvement or resolution of the pain symptoms.(More)
BACKGROUND Open digestive surgery in cirrhotic patients is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Laparoscopy in this setting has the potential to reduce postoperative complications. Laparoscopic treatment of a perforated gastric ulcer in a severely cirrhotic patient with portal hypertension is herein described. METHODS A 75-year-old woman affected(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of parathyroid hormone 1-hour assay for the early prediction of hypoparathyroidism after thyroidectomy. Candidates for total, subtotal, completion thyroidectomy or lobectomy were entered into the study. Pre- and postoperative calcium and parathyroid hormone (1 hour and postoperative day 1 after(More)
Liver transplantation is a life-saving procedure for end-stage liver disease. In liver transplant recipients, morbid obesity influences post-operative survival and graft function. In 1996, our patient underwent a successful liver transplantation because of a HCV-related liver failure (body mass index (BMI) 31). Follow-up showed a functional graft and the(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the laparoscopic approach to reoperative bariatric surgery. From January 2003 to July 2007, 26 obesity surgery patients were referred to our Institution for revision. Nineteen patients previously had an open gastric banding, 3 an open vertical banded gastroplasty, 2 an open jejunoileal by-pass (J-l BP) and 2 an open(More)
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