John M Stamatos

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PURPOSE Patients with cardiopulmonary compromise who require transabdominal colon and rectal procedures are at increased risk for postoperative cardiac and pulmonary complications and prolonged hospital stays. Because epidural anesthesia has been shown to minimize reductions in functional residual capacity and consequently improve pulmonary function, we(More)
Objectives.  A prospective, open label, multicenter clinical trial confirmed the functionality of a new spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system for the treatment of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs. Materials and Methods.  Sixty-five subjects tested a rechargeable 16-channel SCS system with individual current control of each contact on one(More)
Objectives.  The probability of success with spinal cord stimulation (SCS) depends largely on appropriate patient selection. Here, we have assessed the predictive value of pain etiology as it relates to pain relief with SCS as part of a prospective multicenter clinical trial. Methods.  Sixty-five subjects with chronic and intractable pain tested an epidural(More)
Objectives.  In spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy, limited pain relief during the temporary trial period is generally considered to be predictive of poor long-term benefit. To validate or refute this perception, the long-term outcomes of subjects who reported less than 50% pain relief during a temporary SCS trial were examined. Materials and Methods. (More)
... We will turn our attention to the current state of pain relief technology and the ethical questions surrounding the use of advanced technology, otherwise referred to as "high-tech," pain relief. It is obvious that pain may decrease the quality of life for cancer patients. The availability of long-acting narcotics, such as MS Contin or methadone,(More)
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