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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic splenectomy was attempted in 17 consecutive patients and was successful in 15. STUDY DESIGN This study is a critical analysis of the operative strategy in laparoscopic splenectomy, as reviewed in the operative video recordings and operative summaries of the 17 patients discussed. RESULTS The 15 successful laparoscopic(More)
Between May 1991 and November 1992, 80 consecutive patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. The technique used was exactly the same as for the conventional open approach. There were no deaths but there were four peroperative complications: one gastric perforation, two pleural perforations and one hepatic(More)
The laparoscopic surgical approach has proven its benefit for the patient. There are however several short-comings, which have triggered considerable research for improvement. One improvement may be the introduction of telesurgery by the interposition of a computer interface between surgeon and patient. Material and Methods: A prospective randomized study(More)
Background: Kuzmak's gastric silicone banding technique is the least invasive operation for morbid obesity. The purpose of this study was to analyze the complications of this approach. Methods: Between September 1992 and March 1996, 185 patients underwent laparoscopic gastroplasty by the adjustable silicone band technique. A minimally invasive procedure(More)
Background: The laparoscopic approach usually reduces the morbidity of procedures performed by laparotomy. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the usefulness of laparoscopic rectopexy. Methods: A total of 37 patients were included in this prospective study. The indication was true rectal prolapse in all patients. Incontinence was seen in 33% of the(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy offers several advantages in the treatment of abdominal stab wounds. In this paper, we report our experience during 2004, where hemodynamically stable patients with stab wounds were managed laparoscopically. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between January and December 2004, 8 hemodynamically stable patients (7 men, 1 woman) underwent(More)
Health care and particularly G.I. surgery face specific problems in today's third world. Hospitals are mostly old and outdated and extremely difficult to manage. Patients' relatives overcrowd the wards in their efforts to provide sufficient food to the patients, who cannot be nourished by the hospital staff. Hygienic conditions in the middle of a myriad of(More)