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OBJECTIVE To assess our outcomes after minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Esophagectomy has traditionally been performed by open methods. Results from most series include mortality rates in excess of 5% and hospital stays frequently greater than 10 days. MIE has the potential to improve these results, but only a few small(More)
OBJECTIVE Radiofrequency ablation applies thermal energy with a catheter delivery system, resulting in coagulation necrosis. Radiofrequency ablation is frequently used for hepatic malignant tumors, but few reports exist regarding its use for lung tumors. We report our experience with radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of pulmonary malignant tumors.(More)
OBJECTIVE Treatment options for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who are not surgical candidates or who refuse operation are limited. Radiofrequency ablation represents a potential less invasive option for these patients. Our initial experience with radiofrequency ablation for peripheral, primary non-small cell lung cancer is reported. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Mid and lower esophageal diverticula are rare entities usually managed by open operation. Morbidity can be significant with these complex procedures. This study evaluates our results of minimally invasive surgery for esophageal diverticula. METHODS Over a 5-year period, 20 patients underwent operation for esophageal diverticula. Median age was(More)
BACKGROUND Giant paraesophageal hernias (GPEH) have traditionally required open operations. Increasingly, a laparoscopic approach is being applied to more complex esophageal surgery. Our objective was to update our growing experience with laparoscopic repair of GPEH. METHODS We performed a retrospective review at our institution of patients undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracic surgeons traditionally performed thoracotomy and myotomy for achalasia. Recently minimally invasive approaches have been reported with good success. This report summarizes our single-institution experience using video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) or laparoscopy (LAP) for the treatment of achalasia. METHODS A review of 62 patients(More)
The rational treatment of esophageal cancer requires the complete evaluation and preoperative staging of this disease. As the incidence of esophageal cancer increases, more clinicians will face the difficult task of allocating the appropriate treatment course for these patients. Accurate esophageal cancer staging is critical if stage-dependent algorithms(More)
Giant paraesophageal hernias (PEHs) account for less than 5% of all hiatal hernias. In contrast to the small type I hiatal hernia, nonsurgical management of giant PEHs may be associated with progression of symptoms and life-threatening complications including hemorrhage, strangulation, and death. Most giant PEHs are associated with a current or previous(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is commonly associated with morbid obesity (MO). Antireflux surgery has a higher failure rate in MO and addresses only one of the comorbidities present. This paper reviews the results of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP) performed for recalcitrant GERD in MO. METHODS Patients(More)
BACKGROUND Reoperative antireflux surgery is complex and traditionally performed by open methods. Increasingly, surgeons are performing minimally invasive reoperations. This report summarizes our experience with laparoscopic reoperative antireflux surgery (LRAS). METHODS A retrospective review (1996 to 2001) identified 80 LRAS cases. Median age was 49 (22(More)