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BACKGROUND Open oesophagectomy has a detrimental impact on health-related quality of life (HRQL), with recovery taking up to a year. Minimally invasive oesophagectomy (MIO) may enable a more rapid recovery of HRQL. METHODS Clinical outcomes from consecutive patients undergoing MIO for cancer were recorded between April 2005 and April 2007. Patients(More)
BACKGROUND Oesophageal resection is notoriously complicated and produces a cohort of patients prone to postoperative complications. Maintaining quality care demands a systematic approach to patient management yet postoperative recovery after oesophagectomy is often needlessly inefficient, heterogeneous and governed by the idiosyncrasies of the operating(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive oesophagectomy (MIO; thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, cervical anastomosis) is a complex procedure and few substantial series have been published. This study documented the morbidity, mortality and challenges of adopting MIO in a specialist unit in the UK. METHODS A prospective group of 77 patients was listed consecutively with the(More)
A minimally invasive approach to esophagogastric cancer resection offers an attractive alternative to traditional open surgery; however, concerns regarding feasibility, safety, cost, and outcomes have restricted widespread acceptance of these procedures. This study outlines our comparative experiences of both open and minimally invasive esophagectomy over a(More)
Plasma concentrations of bupivacaine have been measured in 12 patients given bupivacaine through a paravertebral catheter placed under direct vision at thoracotomy. After an initial bolus of 0.5% bupivacaine 20 ml, mean (SEM) Cpmax was 1.45 (0.32) micrograms ml-1 and median (range) tCpmax was 25 (10-60) min. A concentration of 4.43 micrograms ml-1 measured(More)
OBJECTIVE Oesophagectomy, whether open or minimal access, is associated with a significant incidence of gastric-conduit-related complications. Previous animal and human studies suggest that ischaemic conditioning of the stomach prior to oesophagectomy improves perfusion of the gastric conduit. We have adopted laparoscopic ligation of the left gastric artery(More)
BACKGROUND Performance measurement is an essential element of quality improvement initiatives. The objective of this study was to develop a composite performance score (CPS) incorporating processes and outcomes measures available in the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) Database and apply it to stratify performance of participating units. (More)
Among the most widely used instruments to assess quality of life (QOL) in patients with cancer are the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer core questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy, cancer instrument (FACT-G). This study compared these approaches in patients who had undergone(More)
The widespread presence of Clostridium botulinurn spores in soil makes it likely that this organism is a potential contaminant of wounds. This is particularly the case for t raumatic wounds, which may harbour such an organism [6] and which are the type of wound most frequently involved in wound botulism [1]. The clinical characteristics of wound botulism(More)
Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIO) is now established as a valid alternative to open surgery for the management of esophagogastric cancers. However, a high incidence of ischemia-related gastric conduit failure (ICF) is observed, which is detrimental to any potential benefits of this approach. Since April 2004, MIO has been the procedure of choice for(More)