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BACKGROUND There are few studies that compare the incidence of incisional hernia following elective laparoscopic colon resection to open colectomy and determine the risk factors for its development. METHODS Elective open and laparoscopic colon resections performed between February 2002 and May 2007 were reviewed. In the laparoscopic group, mesenteric(More)
Sixty-eight patients with massive lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) hemorrhage underwent emergency arteriography. Patients were transfused an average of six units of packed red blood cells within 24 hours of admission. The bleeding source was localized arteriographically in 27 (40%), with a sensitivity of 65% among patients requiring emergency resection.(More)
BACKGROUND Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) reduces the co-morbidities of obesity. Patients with super-super obesity (BMI>or=60) present additional technical and medical challenges. This study compares the results in super-super-obese patients with patients with a BMI of <60 over a 5.5-year period. METHODS Retrospective analysis was performed of the 504(More)
BACKGROUND Morbid obesity is associated with an increased incidence of gallstones. Rapid weight loss, as occurs after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) may also increase gallstone development. Standard surgical treatments for gallbladder disease and its complications might be more difficult following RYGBP. Controversy still exists whether prophylactic(More)
Eighty consecutive patients presenting with complete large intestinal obstruction from primary carcinoma were evaluated. A multivariate analysis was performed to evaluate perioperative morbidity and mortality. There were five deaths in the immediate postoperative period (30 days). Extensive and lesser complications occurred in eight and 11 patients,(More)
BACKGROUND Perforations of the large bowel during diagnostic or therapeutic colonoscopy are a rare but significant complication. Their treatment has evolved over the last decade, but there are still no specific guidelines for their optimal management. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective review of 105,786 consecutive colonoscopies performed in a 21-year(More)
Recent technologic advances in video equipment and instruments have enabled therapeutic gastrointestinal operations to be performed laparoscopically. Using these advances and laparoscopic techniques, we have performed a Stamm gastrostomy with gastropexy by using the laparoscope in a single patient. The technique, indication, and considerations are discussed(More)
BACKGROUND In 2005, the American College of Surgeons Consensus Conference issued a statement about the diagnostic workup of image-detected breast abnormalities. Guidelines include use of image-guided percutaneous needle biopsy as the gold standard for diagnosing image-detected breast abnormalities. In this study, we evaluate a method to audit use of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the rapid rise in herbal medicine consumption, explicitly eliciting and documenting herbal medicine usage among surgical patients is poor. STUDY DESIGN A survey by means of a self-administered questionnaire was conducted among patients undergoing elective surgery inquiring into the self-health perceptions, herbal medicine use, and(More)
Objective: A new technique for endoscopic plication and revision of the gastric pouch (EPRGP) for patients who underwent gastric bypass (RGB) surgery was evaluated in patients with severe GERD, dumping syndrome, failure of weight loss, or all of these. Patients and Methods: Patients underwent EPRGP over a 12-month period. The StomaphyX device (Endogastric(More)