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BACKGROUND Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is the most effective treatment for upper limb hyperhidrosis. However, this is offset by the occurrence of a high rate of side effects, such as embarrassing compensatory sweating. Anticipating that a technique that respects the sympathetic chain and divides only the rami communicantes may lead to fewer side effects, we(More)
Background: We evaluated the role of helical computed tomographic (HCT) cholangiography in the study of the biliary tract, especially in the detection of choledocholithiasis, and compared it with direct cholangiography. Methods: One hundred one patients with biliary lithiasic pathology undergoing direct cholangiography to rule out choledocholithiasis were(More)
UNLABELLED The instruments currently used in endoscopic surgery are limited by several factors, in particular their reduced working space. In order to develop instruments with manifold degrees of freedom (DOF), the elementary actions performed by the existing instruments must be defined. MATERIAL AND METHODS We have broken down into elementary movements(More)
Endoscopic techniques for esophagectomy are disparate. The aim of this article is to describe the main surgical endoscopic techniques applied to esophagectomy and to report their results. In most published series, the benefit in terms of postoperative morbidity cannot be demonstrated. This reflects the fact that postoperative morbidity after esophagectomy(More)
Background: Despite the accuracy of percutaneous biopsy of mediastinal masses under CT scan or sonographic control, there is still a need for surgical biopsy because of difficult location or because of insufficiency of the percutaneous biopsy, especially for those tumors requiring an immunological classification. Methods: The thoracoscopic approach to(More)
Low-level laser-assisted liposuction (LLLL), known as the Neira 4 L technique, is an excellent adjuvant tool for the surgeon practicing liposculpture. A low-level laser is used to create a transitory pore in the cell membrane of the adipocyte to move fat from inside the cell to the interstitial space outside without killing the cell. LLLL has been performed(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the results and the morbidity of thoracoscopy compared with conventional mediastinoscopy for the approach of mediastinal solid masses and lymph nodes, we have performed a prospective study about the respective yields, complication rates, and the length of hospital stay for patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS We have included 114 patients in(More)
Diabetic angiopathy prevents adequate access of antibiotic agents to septic areas of the diabetic foot. We treated 22 such patients with antibiotics infused through a superficial vein associated to tourniquet occlusion of the limb (Group A). A control group of 47 patients, similar in age, sex and severity of diabetes received conventional systemic therapy(More)
Thoracoscopic surgery requires dedicated instrumentation which, in some way, differs from the usual laparoscopic instrumentation. Optics and instruments must be adapted to the anatomical features of the thorax. We describe the currently available reusable and disposable instruments as well as optical systems for video-assisted thoracic surgery. Future lines(More)
Treatment of severe hand ischemia a associated to progressive systemic sclerosis and other disorders is controversial. We studied prospectively 45 patients, 41 female and 4 males, over an 11 year period. Age ranged from 16 to 73 years, mean 46. Underlying disease was systemic sclerosis in 30, CREST in 8, overlapping syndrome in 4, systemic lupus in 1 and(More)