Jeffrey Root

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HYPOTHESIS An increase in national utilization of bariatric surgery correlates with the dissemination of laparoscopic bariatric surgery. DESIGN Evaluation of Nationwide Inpatient Sample data from 1998 through 2002. SETTING National database. PATIENTS A total of 188,599 patients underwent bariatric surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity. MAIN(More)
BACKGROUND Although a number of trials have analyzed the outcomes of laparoscopic versus open appendectomy, the clinical advantages, and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic appendectomy in the management of acute and perforated appendicitis are still not clearly defined. The aim of this study was to examine utilization and outcomes of laparoscopic versus(More)
Although the majority of anorectal fistulas may be treated with fistulotomy, patients with higher-lying fistulas or women with anterior fistulas in whom simple fistulotomy may threaten continence present a management dilemma. Endorectal flap advancement repair is one potential solution. Chart review was performed of consecutive patients receiving endorectal(More)
In west-central Texas, USA, abatement efforts for the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) rabies epizootic illustrate the difficulties inherent in large-scale management of wildlife disease. The rabies epizootic has been managed through a cooperative oral rabies vaccination program (ORV) since 1996. Millions of edible baits containing a rabies vaccine have(More)
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