Ralf Bouchard

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BACKGROUND Postoperative surgical site infections are one of the most frequent complications after open abdominal surgery, and triclosan-coated sutures were developed to reduce their occurrence. The aim of the PROUD trial was to obtain reliable data for the effectiveness of triclosan-coated PDS Plus sutures for abdominal wall closure, compared with(More)
BACKGROUND Fournier's gangrene is a fulminant and destructive inflammation of the scrotum, penis, and perineum. The objective of this study was to compare 2 different approaches to wound management after aggressive surgical debridement. METHODS Data from 35 patients with Fournier's gangrene were prospectively collected (1996-2007). Once the patients were(More)
PURPOSE The efficacy of EMG-biofeedback and low-frequency electrical stimulation for the treatment of anal incontinence has not been proven. Our purpose was to evaluate a novel therapeutic concept, termed triple target treatment, which combines amplitude-modulated medium-frequency stimulation and EMG-biofeedback. METHODS Patients with anal incontinence(More)
BACKGROUND Lymphadenectomy is performed to assess patient prognosis and to prevent metastasizing. Recently, it was questioned whether lymph node metastases were capable of metastasizing and therefore, if lymphadenectomy was still adequate. We evaluated whether the nodal status impacts on the occurrence of distant metastases by analyzing a highly selected(More)
The study was designed to compare patients after laparoscopic and conventional colectomy with regard to early postoperative mood, cognitive function, and neurocognitive variables S100beta and neuron-specific enolase (NSE). Forty-five laparoscopic and 25 open colectomies were enrolled into the prospective study. Outcome measurements were positive and(More)
BACKGROUND Neuroendocrine neoplasia (NEN) are a rare and heterogenous tumour entity. The subgroup with unknown primary tumour (N-CUP) seems to have a worse prognosis as resection of the primary is necessary for cure. The diagnostics and therapeutic algorithms for N-CUP in a German single centre are presented. PATIENTS/METHODS Analysis of the surgical(More)
For treatment of rectal prolapse, abdominal approaches are generally offered to younger patients, whereas perineal, less invasive procedures are considered more beneficial in the elderly. The aim of this study was to analyze whether laparoscopic resection rectopexy (LRR) is suitable for older patients. Patients who received LRR for rectal prolapse were(More)
Perforations of the oesophagus are characterized by a high mortality rate, varying between 7 and 49%. In the analyzed group of patients between the years 1986 and 2003, the mortality rate of 28% was caused by septic complications such as mediastinitis and pneumonia. Microbiological examinations of samples from different locations and various secretions,(More)
INTRODUCTION The rectovaginal fistula is a rare entity with heterogenic causality. Its genesis seems to predict the extent of operative treatment and the prognostic outcome. The aim of this study was to present different surgical techniques in the treatment of rectovaginal fistulas and their results in correspondence to the genesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS(More)
GRUNDLAGEN: Die laparoskopische kolorektale Chirurgie in der Therapie benigner Erkrankungen ist zunehmend akzeptiert und etwa in der Behandlung der chronisch rezidivierenden Divertikulitis bereits Standard. METHODIK: Die Daten der letzten Jahre zeigen deutlich, dass das laparoskopische Vorgehen beim linksseitigen Kolonkarzinom der offenen Technik unter(More)