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BACKGROUND Postoperative abdominal and shoulder pain are the most common complaints after elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Postoperative pain is multifactorial in origin, and therefore multimodal therapy may be needed to optimize pain relief. METHODS We conducted a double-blind study where patients were randomly allocated to 1 of 5 groups of 20(More)
Lessons learned from the Vietnam and Korean conflicts have emphasized the necessity of an organized preparedness for optimal management of casualties. The present report summarizes the experience of a tertiary care center in the present Lebanese war. Between 1975 and 1986, approximately 30,000 war casualties were treated at the American University of Beirut(More)
Prostate cancer is the cancer exhibiting the highest incidence rate and it appears as the second cause of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. Prostate cancer is difficult to detect, and the treatment efficacy remains limited despite the increase use of biological tests (prostate-specific antigen [PSA] dosage), the development of new imaging modalities,(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to review the radiologic appearance of complications of the adjustable gastric band. CONCLUSION Continuous progress in surgical technique of adjustable gastric banding and the increasing experience of surgeons have decreased the rate of complications. However, because different complications may have the same(More)
The present study compared epidural tramadol with epidural morphine for postoperative analgesia in 20 patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. Intraoperatively, the patients were anaesthetized by a balanced technique of general anaesthesia combined with lumbar epidural lidocaine. In ten of the patients 100 mg tramadol diluted in 10 ml normal saline was(More)
An investigation of end-tidal carbon dioxide tension changes was carried out in 19 healthy adult patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Following induction of anaesthesia, and throughout surgery, the end-tidal carbon dioxide tension was continuously monitored by capnography. The value following carbon dioxide insufflation increased with time to(More)
Laparoscopic ligation of the deep and superficial inferior epigastric vessels was done for ten mastectomized patients who elected to have autogenous reconstruction of their breast. All these patients had at least one indication for the delay which included obesity, smoking, or requirement of a large volume of tissue for their reconstruction. The procedure(More)
An investigation was carried out on 13 ASA class 1 or 2 adult patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Throughout laparoscopy, the end-tidal PCO2 was continuously monitored by capnography and the arterial hemoglobin oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry. Also, repeated measurements of arterial blood gases were done. Ventilation was controlled using(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic colorectal surgery has many advantages to offer. However, it is a complex procedure, and demands advanced technical skills and instrumentation. In addition, its safety when applied to malignant disease is debatable. In this article, we present the early experience and short term results of laparoscopic colorectal resections performed(More)