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Background: In the context of the much-heralded advantages of laparoscopic surgery, it can be easy to overlook postlaparoscopy pain as a serious problem, yet as many as 80% of patients will require opioid analgesia. It generally is accepted that pain after laparoscopy is multifactorial, and the surgeon is in a unique position to influence many of the(More)
Background: It has previously been shown that the insufflation of humidified gas during laparoscopy results in less postoperative pain than is observed following the use of dry gas. Experimental evidence also suggests that dry gas insufflation during thoracoscopy results in greater structural injury to the pleura than occurs with the use of humidified gas.(More)
Thrombophlebitis is a common condition which can lead to deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and subsequent pulmonary embolism (PE). Thrombophlebitis can reach the deep venous system via the long or short saphenous vein or via perforating veins. Between the 1st of January 1999 and the 31st of December 2000 a total of 17 cases of superficial (or ascending)(More)
The first Spigelian hernia was described in 1764. From April 1995 to April 2004, 29 patients underwent 35 Spigelian hernia repair operations in our department. The choice of primary closure or additional mesh was based on the condition of the local tissue. If the tissue appeared of good quality, primary closure was performed; if the tissue was of weak(More)
BACKGROUND Wound complications associated with bypass grafting to the dorsalis pedis artery are frequent, and threaten the viability of the bypass and the limb. METHODS The long saphenous vein can be tunneled from its bed down the lateral side of the anterior margin of the tibia for subsequent anastomosis with the dorsalis pedis artery. CONCLUSION The(More)
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