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Open hernia repair is associated with significant postoperative pain and disability resulting in delayed return to full activity. Laparoscopic hernia repair has been advocated as the procedure that combines the benefit of tension-free repair with the preservation of the basic anatomy of the inguinal area. We present our experience with 803 laparoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND The short-term results from laparoscopic treatment of hydatid cysts of the liver and spleen were reported previously. The procedure was shown to be feasible and safe, offering the advantages of laparoscopic surgery. This is the first report on the long-term follow-up of this operation in a large group of patients. METHODS In this study, 108(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported on the laparoscopic treatment of hydatid cysts of the liver. We now report the successful treatment of 18 cysts in 12 patients with a median follow-up of 12 months. METHODS The standard treatment in the open technique was performed laparoscopically. The main concern was to prevent spillage of the hydatid fluid, for(More)
Hydatid cysts of the liver have been treated surgically for many years by several surgical techniques including evacuation, marsupialization, and filling the cyst with saline after evacuation of the endocyst. We have previously reported laparoscopic treatment of hydatid cysts using the same hydatid asepsis and surgical techniques as in open surgery, with(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)
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)
The authors' experience with 386 patients who were operated on for vascular injuries to the lower extremities is reviewed. Of these, 118 had popliteal injuries, 252 had femoral injuries and 16 had tibial injuries. The overall mortality rate was 2.33% with no mortality in the popliteal and tibial injuries group whereas there were nine deaths in the femoral(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)
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)
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)