Ramzi M Helewa

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BACKGROUND Controversy exists whether young patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer have a poorer prognosis. Although younger patients are more likely to have certain poor prognostic factors, prior studies have shown mixed results in terms of overall prognosis, which may be due to lack of adjustment for confounding factors. The primary objective of our(More)
BACKGROUND Acute care surgery (ACS) services dedicated to care of acute general surgery patients have been established in many tertiary centers across Canada. Little is known about the impact of this trend on postgraduate education. In this study we aimed to evaluate ACS through a cross-sectional survey of general surgery residents in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (More)
A retrospective case-control and cohort analysis of hemodialysis patients was done to identify risk factors for spondylodiscitis. These risk factors included bacteremia, receipt of blood products, invasive procedures, and establishment of vascular access. The death rate was greater for case subjects than for control subjects (odds ratio, 2.7).
BACKGROUND Establishment of the Acute Care Surgical Service (ACSS) has dramatically changed the management of acute, nontrauma surgical patients in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Its formation was partially driven by increasing strain on surgeons and surgical services. We sought to determine surgeon level of burnout and satisfaction with the ACSS. METHODS All(More)
BACKGROUND The Canadian province of Manitoba covers a large geographical area but only has one major urban center, Winnipeg. We sought to determine if regional differences existed in the quality of colorectal cancer care in a publicly funded health care system. METHODS This was a population-based historical cohort analysis of the treatment and outcomes of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Wait times are a growing concern in Canada's publicly-funded healthcare system. We sought to determine if increased wait times for colorectal cancer (CRC) treatments resulted in worse outcomes. METHODS A population-based retrospective cohort analysis of wait times for CRC patients undergoing major surgical resections in Manitoba,(More)
BACKGROUND Challenges exist in providing high-quality cancer treatments to populations spread over large geographical areas. Local recurrence of rectal cancer is a complicated clinical problem associated with high morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES objectives of this study were to evaluate population-based rates and predictors of local recurrence of(More)
AIM Despite transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) being used for over 30 years, there has been slow adoption of this modality in many centres. There remains a paucity of research regarding the learning curve and early performance of surgeons who begin to offer TEM. We sought to determine predictors of longer rates of tumour excision and improvements in(More)
Locally advanced T4 rectal cancer represents a complex clinical condition that requires a well thought-out treatment plan and expertise from multiple specialists. Paramount in the management of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer are accurate preoperative staging, appropriate application of neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments, and, above all, the(More)
BACKGROUND A large proportion of Canadians experience fecal incontinence, with no avenue for effective treatments. The Ottawa Hospital has recently started a percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation program for patients who have not improved with conservative efforts. OBJECTIVE As part of this program implementation, a qualitative needs assessment was(More)
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