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INTRODUCTION Thoracoscopic surgery is a popular widely used surgical technique in the treatment of common chest conditions. Conventional thoracoscopic surgery utilizes multiple small wounds for carrying out the procedure. Many procedures can also be performed with a single small port wound. In this study, we performed diaphragm plication using the(More)
PURPOSE Conventional thoracoscopic surgery requires a camera connected to optic fibers and rigid rod lens to ensure the provision of adequate light and quality of real-time images in the operative field. However, the camera, the connected optic fibers and rigid rod lens are not disposable due to cost, which is a concern as regards potential contamination of(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracoscopic surgery is a commonly used endoscopic surgical treatment approach in patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax. The conventional thoracoscopic approach utilizes three or more small wounds for surgery. Currently, a single port approach is a potential alternative procedure in general thoracoscopic surgery. We investigated whether(More)
An innovative high-speed lancing device has a lancet that moves so fast that it is not affected at all by the vibration of its spring, and does not pierce the skin repeatedly, greatly reducing the pain that is caused to diabetes mellitus (DM) patients during blood sampling. As revealed by experimental measurements of the acceleration of a lancet using an(More)
Postoperative neck cosmesis is a major concern of patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Patients will likely be more satisfied with the long-term cosmetic appearance of smaller than larger thyroidectomy scars. We, therefore, investigated the relationship between scar length following conventional thyroid surgery and patient satisfaction. An anonymous(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to analyze various clinical characteristics of ischemic colitis according to its location. METHODS The medical records of 92 cases of gastrointestinal ischemic colitis (IC) diagnosed at Bundang CHA Hospital from 1995 to 2008 were reviewed and analyzed retrospectively. The patients were diagnosed by using colonoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND Permanent hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy is a rare but potentially serious iatrogenic complication. The aim of this study was to investigate the rate of recovery from postoperative, permanent hypoparathyroidism in patients undergoing thyroidectomy without parathyroid autotransplantation. METHODS This study was a prospective case(More)
Thoracoscopic Surgery is in common use in routine surgical practice. With the advancement of the various techniques and instruments required, mini wounds and fewer thoracoports become practical in recent years. Here, we report our experience of performing lobectomy with radical lymph node dissection in 3 patients using regular straight endoscopic(More)
PURPOSE Tube thoracostomy is a common and generally safe procedure. However, potential hazards can occur during placement of the chest tube. Inasmuch as unexpected injuries may arise from tube thoracostomy, we propose a novel video-guided method. DESCRIPTION We used an independent complementary metal oxide semiconductor image sensor with a processing chip(More)
BACKGROUND Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is associated with a high incidence of regional node metastasis, but the patterns of lateral neck node metastasis (LNM) vary. Occasionally, a solitary LNM (SLNM) is seen in PTC patients. We therefore assessed whether selective single level node dissection is appropriate in PTC patients with SLNM. METHODS We(More)