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BACKGROUND In many incidences, laparoscopic exploration reveals occult ventral hernia defects that were not detected on physical examination. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of occult ventral hernia defects detected during laparoscopy. METHODS Prospectively collected data on 146 consecutive patients who underwent laparoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an emerging bariatric procedure that typically necessitates five to seven small skin incisions to place five to seven trocars. The senior author (Saber) has developed a single umbilical incision approach to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. METHODS Seven patients underwent single access transumbilical(More)
BACKGROUND Our objective is to review the history and development of different procedures of bariatric surgery, along with a summary of the most commonly performed bariatric procedures today and a look on the future trends in the field of bariatric surgery. METHODS Review of the available English language literature concerning bariatric surgery. RESULTS(More)
INTRODUCTION Acute appendicitis is one of the most commonly encountered surgical problems in everyday practice. With the recent increase in popularity of single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), several techniques for SILS appendectomy have already been described. We herein describe our own simplified technique for single incision transumbilical(More)
BACKGROUND Fibromyalgia is a chronic debilitating disorder affecting 3-5% of the US population. Treatment of this disorder is a challenge. The incidental finding of improvement of fibromyalgia following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass stimulated us to study this phenomenon. METHODS A retrospective chart review of patients with fibromyalgia who(More)
Different extracts of both fresh and dry leaves of Aloe eru A. Berger, A. vera L. Webb & Berth and A. arborescens Mill. were screened for their antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger, Cladosporium herbarum and Fusarium moniliforme. The toxicity of the isolated pure components were evaluated on the tested fungi. A comparative chromatographic study was(More)
INTRODUCTION Reduced postoperative pain is one of the many factors that have driven the growing emphasis on the role of laparoscopic surgery for surgical management. Several studies have documented the advantages of the laparoscopic repair of ventral hernias compared to the open ventral herniorraphy. However, the laparoscopic approach may be associated with(More)
Spigelian hernia is a rare clinical entity. It has a subtle clinical presentation with vague abdominal pain that may warrant laparoscopy. Even though laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is increasingly popular, laparoscopic repair of spigelian hernia has not been adequately studied. Eight patients who underwent laparoscopic spigelian hernia repair are(More)
INTRODUCTION Ventral hernias are common surgical problems in the geriatric population. Although ventral hernias are electively repaired in younger patients, the safety and efficacy of elective laparoscopic hernia repair in the geriatric age group is not well documented in the literature. METHODS A review of 155 patients undergoing laparoscopic ventral(More)
Two new triterpenoid saponins, 3-O-[beta-D-2-O-sulphonylglucopyranosyl]-quinovic acid-28-O-[beta-D-glucopyranosyl] ester (zygophyloside G), 3-O-[alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1-->2)-beta-D-quinovopyranosyl++ +]-quinovic acid-28-28-O-[beta-D-glucopyranosyl] ester (zygophyloside H), and seven known saponins have been isolated. The structures were established(More)