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OBJECTIVE To compare the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic surgery with that of open laparotomy in pregnant patients. DESIGN Six-year case-control study. SETTING Tertiary care, university and community hospitals. PATIENTS Population-based sample. From 1990 through 1995, 16 pregnant patients underwent laparoscopic surgery (study group) and 18(More)
BACKGROUND Concerns about port site metastases have limited the application of minimally invasive surgery for intra-abdominal malignancies. The purpose of this review article was to summarize the current literature regarding port site metastases. METHODS A Medline search identified >100 articles in English published during the last 15 years regarding the(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP) is a widely performed bariatric operation. Preoperative factors that predict successful outcomes are currently being studied. The goal of this study was to determine if preoperative weight loss was associated with positive outcomes in patients undergoing LRYGBP. METHODS A retrospective analysis was(More)
We hypothesized that a laparoscopic technique for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is associated with more musculoskeletal discomfort and ergonomic strain than a robotic technique. This pilot project studied one surgeon while he performed four laparoscopic and four robotic (da Vinci system) Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures. We measured musculoskeletal(More)
UNLABELLED GENERAL: A force sensor has been designed and fabricated that will fit to existing laparoscopic grasping forceps (Babcocks) from Ethicon Endosurgery Inc. The goal of the sensor development is to provide tool-tissue force information to the surgeons so that surgeons can regain the sense of touch that has been lost through laparoscopy. Eventually,(More)
BACKGROUND The management of symptomatic cholelithiasis during pregnancy remains controversial. We compared outcomes after medical versus surgical management of biliary tract disease in pregnant patients. METHODS We reviewed the clinical course of patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis during pregnancy from 1992 to 2002 at two university hospitals. (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate prospectively the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic surgical techniques in the repair of types II and III paraesophageal hernias. DESIGN Case series. SETTING Tertiary-care, university-affiliated hospitals. PATIENTS Twelve consecutive patients undergoing elective laparoscopic repair of type II or type III paraesophageal hernias.(More)
  • M J Curet
  • 2000
Previous surgery, obesity, and pregnancy should no longer be considered contraindications to laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons should exercise good judgement in patient selection, use meticulous surgical techniques, and prepare thoroughly for the planned procedure. Patients and surgeons should be aware of increased conversion rates. With these caveats in mind,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether implementation of an alphanumeric-paging system would improve physician work environment. DESIGN Surveys were distributed to all general surgery residents, faculty, and nurses before and after implementation of an alphanumeric-paging system. Housestaff also kept a detailed log of paging activity before and after the(More)
BACKGROUND The first objective of this study was to identify risk factors in pregnant patients suffering blunt trauma predictive for uterine contractions, preterm labor, or fetal loss. The second objective was to identify patients who can safely undergo fetal monitoring for 6 hours or less after blunt trauma by selecting out those patients demonstrating the(More)