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BACKGROUND Gallstone formation is common in obese patients, particularly during rapid weight loss. Whether a concomitant cholecystectomy should be performed during laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is still contentious. We aimed to analyze trends in concomitant cholecystectomy and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery (2001-2008), to identify factors(More)
The “weekend effect” is defined as increased morbidity and mortality for patients admitted on weekends compared with weekdays. It has been observed for several diseases, including myocardial infarction and renal insufficiency; however, it has not yet been investigated for laparoscopic appendectomy in acute appendicitis—one of the most prevalent surgical(More)
This study was conducted to assess national rates in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgery in the USA from 1998 to 2007. We utilized the 1998–2007 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and assessed women aged 20 years and older who underwent SUI surgery based on the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9) procedure and diagnosis codes. The(More)
The impact of a publication is often measured by the number of citations it received, this number being taken as a proxy for the relevance of published work. However, a higher citation index does not necessarily mean that a publication necessarily had a positive feedback from citing authors, as a citation can represent a negative criticism. In order to(More)
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS To compare cold and mixed (electrocautery tonsillectomy with curettage adenoidectomy) adenotonsillectomies in children in terms of hospital medications' and materials' costs, surgical time, aspirated blood volume, and postoperative pain. STUDY DESIGN Randomized clinical trial in community hospitals. METHODS Seventy-two patients aged(More)
PURPOSE Writing scientific articles is a daunting task for novice researchers. In this qualitative study carried out in 2007, the authors evaluated the experiences of a group of novice researchers engaged in the writing process, to elucidate the main difficulties and sources of encouragement they encountered. METHOD Sixteen novice researchers were(More)
BACKGROUND With the exponential expansion of clinical trials conducted in (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and VISTA (Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, and Argentina) countries, corresponding gains in cost and enrolment efficiency quickly outpace the consonant metrics in traditional countries in North America and European Union. However, questions(More)
HYPOTHESIS Race and insurance status are independent predictors of the choice between total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and hemiarthroplasty (HA) of the shoulder joint. BACKGROUND Current literature shows that ethnic and socioeconomic status may influence access to health care. However, no study has demonstrated whether insurance status and race are(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of potentially fraudulent (or "ghost") publications in applications to a general surgery residency program. METHODS Electronic Residency Application Services applications submitted in 2005 to the general surgery residency program were reviewed in an IRB-approved study. No identifiers were collected. Publications were(More)
Necrotising soft tissue infection (NSTI) is a deadly disease associated with a significant risk of mortality and long-term disability from limb and tissue loss. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy on mortality, complication rate, discharge status/location, hospital length of stay and inflation-adjusted(More)