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BACKGROUND Elevated levels of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) among spine surgery patients may have an impact on length of stay (LOS) and healthcare cost. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 556 spine surgery patients who underwent 1 of 3 types of surgery: lumbar microdiscectomy (LMD), anterior cervical decompression and fusion(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) is used to monitor integrity of the brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots during spinal surgery. It records the electrical potentials from the scalp after electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerves of the upper or lower limbs. The standard monitoring modality in lumbosacral spine surgery includes(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the role of drains in lumbar spine fusions. METHODS The charts of 402 patients who underwent lumbar decompression and fusion (LDF) were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were classified per International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition (ICD-9) procedure code as 81.07 (lateral fusion, 74.9%) and 81.08 (posterior fusion, 25.1%).(More)
BACKGROUND Pain is a common problem in older age and strongly interacts with neuropsychiatric disorders. In this paper we studied the prevalence of pain and the connection between pain and neuropsychiatric comorbidities among older nursing home residents. OBJECTIVE To determine if data provided in 2004 National Nursing Home Survey supports connection(More)
INTRODUCTION Neurosarcoidosis is rare and difficult to diagnose especially in the absence of systemic involvement. CASE REPORT A 22-year-old African-American man presented with inability to gaze laterally. He underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) the day before that revealed "a 5-mm enhancing mass with surrounding edema in the pons anterior to the(More)
Laparoscopic myomectomy can be performed by most advanced laparoscopic gynecologic surgeons if they have appropriate mentoring. Despite this, it is still an underused procedure. In this article, we report our ten-year experience with laparoscopic myomectomy with focus on blood loss and hemostasis. From July 1999 to May 2009, forty-one patients from our(More)
Most nonphysiological ovarian masses discovered during pregnancy are benign dermoid cysts. The association of dermoid cysts with pregnancy has been increasingly reported since 1918. They usually present the dilemma of weighing the risks of surgery and anesthesia versus the risks of untreated adnexal mass. We are reporting an illustrative case and presenting(More)
Laparoscopic ureterolysis is a delicate procedure that requires advanced laparoscopic skills. We are reporting two cases of laparoscopic hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy with severe adhesions to the pelvic sidewall that required ureterolysis and describing a modified technique suitable for the laparoscopic performance of this procedure. In more than(More)