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BACKGROUND & AIMS Scarce data suggest that cholecystectomy may alter bowel habit. The aim of this study was to determine whether cholecystectomy modifies gut transit. METHODS Five experimental groups were studied: 29 patients with uncomplicated gallstones before and 1 month after elective cholecystectomy, 22 patients 4 years after elective(More)
INTRODUCTION A novel single port access (SPA) cholecystectomy approach is described in this study. We have designed a randomised comparative study in order to elucidate any possible differences between the standard treatment and this novel technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between July 2009 and March 2010, 140 adult patients with gallbladder pathologies(More)
Objective. Robot-assisted sleeve gastrectomy has the potential to treat patients with obesity and its comorbidities. To evaluate the learning curve for this procedure before undergoing Roux en-Y gastric bypass is the objective of this paper. Materials and Methods. Robot-assisted sleeve gastrectomy was attempted in 32 consecutive patients. A survey was(More)
BACKGROUND Although bariatric surgery is the most common procedure used to induce weight loss in morbidly obese patients, its effect on plasma satiety factors (leptin, ghrelin, and apolipoprotein (apo)-AIV) is controversial. The aim of this work was to analyze these parameters before and at different times after surgery. METHODS Plasma was obtained from(More)
OBJECTIVE Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and obesity are associated with magnesium deficiency. We aimed to determine whether the presence of type 2 diabetes and the degree of metabolic control are related to low serum magnesium levels in obese individuals. METHODS A) Case-control study: 200 obese subjects [50 with T2DM (cases) and 150 without diabetes (controls)](More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between C-reactive protein (CRP), nitric oxide (NO), leptin, adiponectin, and insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is poorly defined in morbidly obese patients before and after gastric bypass and, in some cases, is controversial. METHODS We examined the plasma of 34 morbidly obese patients before and 1, 6, and 12 months after(More)
BACKGROUND Increased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels strongly predict inflammatory diseases such as obesity and tissue damage. We wanted to study the CRP in plasma and tissue in morbidly obese patients before and after surgery and relate it with the expression of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in tissues. METHODS We analyzed CRP(More)
This study investigated the relationship between the circulating levels of the endothelial cell glycoproteins plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), and thrombomodulin (TM) and the major vascular risk factors described in dialysis patients. In addition, the role of these endothelial cell products as independent(More)
Seventy-nine patients with cyclosporine- and prednisone-dependent myasthenia gravis (MG) after thymectomy received tacrolimus for a mean of 2.5 +/- 0.8 years. Prednisone was withdrawn in all but two patients. Anti-acetylcholine antibodies and MG score for disease severity decreased significantly and muscular strength increased by 39%. Complete stable(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with morbid obesity develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The origins of lipid deposition in the liver and the effects of bariatric surgery in the obese with NAFLD are controversial. METHODS We analyzed lipids and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in both plasma and liver biopsies performed before and 12-18 months after(More)