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The present study assesses the feasibility of noni as a raw substrate for the production of probiotic noni juice by lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacilluscasei and Lactobacillus plantarum) and bifidobacteria (Bifidobacteriumlongum). Changes in pH, acidity, sugar content, cell survival and antioxidant properties during fermentation were monitored. All tested(More)
From August 2010 to June 2011, 10 consecutive patients underwent transvaginal NOTES of the adnexa, including tubal sterilization in 3, salpingectomy because of ectopic pregnancy in 3, and ovarian tumor enucleation in 4. The mean (SD; 95% CI) age of the patients was 34.8 (9.7; 27.9-41.8) years, and their body mass index was 21.6 (2.8; 19.4-23.8). In 9 of the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility and safety of hysterectomy in benign disease using transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). DESIGN Prospective observational study (Canadian Task Force classification II-3). SETTING Tertiary referral medical center. PATIENTS From May 2010 to August 2011, consecutive patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE Comparing the safety and effectiveness of the pulsed bipolar (PK) system and conventional electrosurgery in laparoscopic myomectomy (LM). MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective chart review of 194 women with symptomatic uterine fibroids undertaken LM was performed. Cases of LMs with PK cutting forceps were compared with a matched control group of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility and safety of performing a hysterectomy using the transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). MATERIALS AND METHODS From May through December 2010, 16 patients with benign uterine diseases who were eligible for laparoscopic hysterectomy were recruited to undergo transvaginal NOTES at a(More)
OBJECTIVE To present the initial operative outcome and comparative data among patients undergoing single-port laparoscopic myomectomy (SPLM). MATERIALS AND METHODS A prospective, observational study of all patients who underwent SPLM was performed. The demographic and operative data, including age, body mass index, operative indications, operative time,(More)
BACKGROUND Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery has shown its prospection as a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. This study aimed to examine the safety and feasibility of transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic hysterectomy (tVNOTEH) for nonprolapsed uteri in the management of benign gynecological diseases. METHODS Records(More)
OBJECTIVE The robotic surgical system is reported to overcome some technical difficulties in traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and surgical outcomes of a robotic surgery program for endometrial cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients with endometrial cancer with the intention to receive treatment using(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the surgical procedures of robot-assisted natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) for hysterectomy and to evaluate its feasibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS From December 2014 to February 2015, four patients with benign diseases who were eligible for robot-assisted NOTES at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital were recruited to(More)
Background and Objectives: Increased interest in lapa-roendoscopic single-site surgery has instigated research into trials of novel techniques. The procedure we propose may potentially improve patient satisfaction and cosmetic results while diminishing the incidence of trocar-site her-niation. We report our initial experience with laparoen-doscopic(More)