Herwig Pokorny

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BACKGROUND The aim of this prospective randomized multicenter trial was to evaluate the recurrence rates and complications of open versus laparoscopic repairs of inguinal hernias. METHODS Patients with primary unilateral inguinal hernias were randomized to Shouldice repair, Bassini operation, tension-free hernioplasty (Lichtenstein repair), laparoscopic(More)
PURPOSE This unmatched case control study was undertaken to evaluate factors contributing to surgery-related complications of loop stoma closure in patients with rectal cancer. METHODS Cases were consecutive patients with complications identified from a local registry. Complications were defined as surgery-related and included 30 days overall mortality.(More)
The aim of this prospective randomized study was to determine whether additional doxorubicin chemotherapy improves outcome in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCCA) treated by liver transplantation. Stratification parameters were tumor stage (UICC I-IVa), gender, age 50 years, alpha-fetoprotein 20 ng/mL, cirrhosis and HbsAg status. For pre-operative(More)
BACKGROUND As part of a large prospective randomized Austrian multicenter trial evaluating recurrence rates and complications of open and laparoscopic unilateral inguinal hernia repairs we assessed postoperative pain and quality of life. METHODS Approximately 151 patients were randomized to Shouldice repair, Bassini operation, or laparoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of extended donor criteria (EDC) and of changes in the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score while waiting for liver-transplantation (Delta-MELD) on patient survival and initial graft function. METHODS We included 386 consecutive patients with end-stage liver disease who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Treating intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ihCCC) tumor resection leads to the best patient survival. The aim of this study was to investigate prognostic factors in resected patients. METHODS This was a clinical observational series of 31 resected patients with ihCCC. Univariate analysis of clinical and pathologic factors in relation to patient(More)
Based on experimental work and clinical small studies, histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) solution was found to be suitable not only for heart and kidney preservation but also for liver preservation. We decided, therefore, to use this preservation solution for clinical liver preservation in a prospective multi-centre trial. Enrolment to the study was(More)
BACKGROUND Rectoanal repair (RAR), which combines doppler-guided hemorrhoidal artery ligation (HAL) and mucopexy via lifting of the hemorrhoidal prolapse, offers a minimally invasive alternative to conventional hemorrhoidectomy. METHODS Patients with grade II hemorrhoids were treated with HAL, and patients with grade III and IV hemorrhoids were treated(More)
HYPOTHESIS This study was undertaken to evaluate factors contributing to hospital mortality and complications of stoma closure. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Department of Surgery of a 2500-bed university hospital. PATIENTS Consecutive eligible patients who underwent stoma closure were selected from a local registry containing 30 219(More)
BACKGROUND Strictures and concrements are the most common biliary complications following liver transplantation. Endoscopic treatment might not lead to a definitive cure in all patients, especially in strictures involving the biliary bifurcation. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and the long-term outcome of hepaticojejunostomy (HJS) for(More)