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To compare the early and intermediate results of the open and laparoscopic tension-free repair of incisional hernia, 24 patients were randomized prospectively to undergo laparoscopic or open repair of incisional hernia with retromuscular placement of the prosthesis using transabdominal sutures for mesh fixation. All the procedures were completed as planned.(More)
The EURO-NOTES Clinical Registry (ECR) was established as a European database to allow the monitoring and safe introduction of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). The aim of this study was to analyze different techniques applied and relative results during the first 2 years of the ECR. The ECR was designed as a voluntary database with(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS While many data are available concerning occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in patients with hepatic disorders, there is little information about this cryptic infection in individuals without liver disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of occult HBV in the general population by examining liver specimens from(More)
The use of prosthetic material to prevent incisional hernia in clean-contaminated procedures as bariatric surgery remains controversial. We present our experience on 45 consecutive morbidly obese patients undergoing biliopancreatic diversion that was closed using a polypropylene mesh. Moreover, we reviewed the outcome of the 50 previous consecutive obese(More)
We have characterized the action of the tachykinin NK(2) receptor antagonist nepadutant (c¿[(beta-D-GlcNAc)Asn-Asp-Trp-Phe-Dpr-Leu]c(2 beta-5 beta)¿) in the human isolated ileum, colon and urinary bladder. Nepadutant (30-1000 nM) competitively antagonized neurokinin A- or [beta Ala(8)]neurokinin A-(4-10)-induced contractions in all tissues, with pK(B)=8.3(More)
More than 60% of patients who are submitted to Hartmann's procedure refuse to undergo reversal. This procedure is in fact a major undertaking associated with significantly mortality and morbidity rates. The authors suggest a minimally invasive approach without pneumoperitoneum. A consecutive series of four male patients, average age 64 years, underwent(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Intraoperative blood loss during liver resection remains a major concern due to its association with higher postoperative complications and shorter long-term survival. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and safety of a novel concept for liver resection using a radiofrequency energy-assisted technique. METHODS From(More)
BACKGROUND Radiofrequency has been used as a tool for liver resection since 2002. A new laparoscopic device is reported in this article that assists liver resection laparoscopically. METHODS From October 2006 to the present, patients suitable for liver resection were assessed carefully for laparoscopic resection with the laparoscopic Habib Sealer (LHS).(More)
Segmental hepatectomy is appealing for several reasons including preservation of liver parenchyma, reduction of intraoperative blood loss, and blood replacement by dividing tissues along the anatomic planes. A simple technique guided by intraoperative ultrasound is described here using radio-frequency energy to create coagulative desiccation of segmental or(More)