Jessica Vavra

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BACKGROUND Continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) have yielded improved outcomes compared with pulsatile flow devices for patients on long-term support. However, significant rates of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) have been observed during CF-LVAD support. METHODS From March 2006 through March 2011, 86 patients with chronic heart(More)
BACKGROUND When performing sleeve gastrectomy, a bougie (32 to 60 French) is used. We evaluated 2 different bougie sizes on early postoperative outcomes and long-term weight loss. METHODS A 1-year prospective study was conducted on patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy. In the first 6 months, patients had 32-French bougies (Group 1); in the second 6(More)
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