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BACKGROUND Anterior open treatment of the inguinal hernia with a tension free mesh has reduced the incidence of recurrence and direct postoperative pain. The Lichtenstein procedure rules nowadays as reference technique for hernia treatment. Not recurrences but chronic pain is the main postoperative complication in inguinal hernia repair after Lichtenstein's(More)
Laparoscopic surgery has several advantages when compared to open surgery, including faster postoperative recovery and lower pain scores. However, for laparoscopy, a pneumoperitoneum is required to create workspace between the abdominal wall and intraabdominal organs. Increased intraabdominal pressure may also have negative implications on cardiovascular,(More)
BACKGROUND Since technique modifications of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, e.g. retroperitoneoscopic donor nephrectomy or hand-assistance, have not shown significant benefit regarding safety or improvement of recovery, further research should focus on improving postoperative recovery. The use of low pressure pneumoperitoneum has shown to significantly(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of different technique modifications in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analyses. DATA SOURCES Searches of PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and Central from January 1st 1997 until April 1st 2014. STUDY DESIGN All cohort studies and randomized clinical trials comparing fully(More)
Medical and nursing protocols in perioperative care for pancreaticoduodenectomy are mainly mono-disciplinary, limiting their integration and transparency in a continuous health care system. The aims of this study were to evaluate adherence to a multidisciplinary clinical pathway for all pancreaticoduodenectomy patients during their entire hospital stay and(More)
BACKGROUND Despite decennia of experience, ileal pouch anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis is still associated with high complication rates. The development of automatic vessel sealers has resulted in the revival of a promising surgical alternative to the conventional procedure: close rectal dissection. By preserving the mesorectal layer it is(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Cardiac surgery (CS) is facilitated by multiple perioperative guidelines and protocols. Use of a clinical pathway (CP) may facilitate the care of these patients. METHODS This is a pre-post design study in the ICU of a tertiary referral centre. A CP for CS patients in the ICU was developed by ICU-nurses and enabled them to(More)
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