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Patients with morbid obesity who undergo bariatric surgery are usually considered at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism. Considering that deep vein thrombosis is often asymptomatic, primary prevention is the key to reducing morbidity and mortality. Between 1995 and 2003, 151 patients underwent surgery for morbid obesity at the Obesity Surgery(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE For patients with Stage II colon cancer, the use of adjuvant chemotherapy remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to identify clinical and/or pathological findings related to a worse prognosis in this category of patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the data of consecutive patients, extracted by an(More)
Angiodysplasia of the gastrointestinal tract is a disorder consisting of ectasia of submucosal and mucosal vessels, which causes acute and chronic bleeding. We describe the case of a 58-year-old man with a history of recurrent lower intestinal bleeding and severe anemia. Endoscopy and X-ray examination of the gastrointestinal tract failed to show the source(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated hormonal parameters of gonadal function in severely obese men before and 1 year after undergoing biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). METHODS This observational 1-year postoperative study conducted at medical and surgical clinics at an academic medical center in Italy followed 20 severely obese men age 21 to 63 years, with a(More)
More than 20 years ago the introduction of laparoscopic surgery represented a paradigm shift in the management of colorectal cancer. In most recent years robotic surgery is becoming a viable alternative to laparoscopic and traditional open surgery. The major clear advantages of robotic surgery in comparison with laparoscopy are the lower conversion to open(More)
The Valtrac biofragmentable anastomotic ring (V-BAR) technique has been widely used in clinical practice, particularly in anastomoses of the colon. The success of this method encouraged some surgeons to use it also in anastomosis of the small intestine. We are convinced that the method can be used successfully also in anastomosis of the small intestine and(More)
Intrathoracic anastomotic leakage is one of the major complications of esophageal surgery that can lead to high mortality rate. Depending on the clinical presentation, therapeutic options include surgical reintervention and conservative management with or without external drainage or stenting. In this paper, we report a series of three patients, two men and(More)
Neurilemmomas—or schwannomas—are rare soft tissue tumours involving peripheral nerve sheaths, usually found in the head and neck regions. They can infrequently originate within the tissues of the abdominal wall. Here, we present a case of symptomatic schwannoma of the abdominal wall in a 62-year-old woman referred for abdominal pain in the right iliac(More)
BACKGROUND Besides weight loss Scopinaro's operation produces correction of hypercholesterolemia and noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus in all patients who suffer from these conditions. These results encouraged us to perform biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) without gastric resection, thus preserving the functions of the stomach and pylorus in moderately(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study is to evaluate the importance of age on the mid- and long-term results and complications after biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). METHODS Our study comprises 132 morbidly obese patients who underwent Scopinaro BPD from February 1995 to April 2001, with follow-up from 24 to 96 months. The patients, 53 males (40%) and 79(More)