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OBJECTIVES Postoperative atrial fibrillation (PAF) occurs commonly following pulmonary resection. Our aims were to quantify the incidence and severity of PAF using the Thoracic Morbidity & Mortality classification system, and identify risk factors for PAF. METHODS All consecutive patients undergoing pulmonary resection at a single centre (January 2008 -(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal body mass index has been targeted as a predictor of complications after major surgery. The aim of this study was to review the impact of obesity on perioperative outcomes after minimally invasive esophagectomy. METHODS This study was a single-institution retrospective review of patients undergoing minimally invasive esophagectomy for(More)
Tracheal injury is a rare but complex problem. Primary tracheal reconstructions are commonly performed, but complications such as tension and inadequate vascular supply limit the length of surgical resection. The objective of the present study was to determine whether a hydrated, decellularized porcine tracheal extracellular matrix showed the potential to(More)
OBJECTIVE Surgical resection is the standard of care for stage I non-small cell lung cancer. The objective of this study was to evaluate computed tomography-guided radiofrequency ablation as an alternative treatment option for high-risk patients with stage I non-small lung cancer. METHODS Patients with medically inoperable stage I non-small lung cancer(More)
OBJECTIVE The minimally invasive, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) approach to resection of the thymus is frequently practiced for benign disease; however, a VATS approach for thymoma remains controversial. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of VATS thymectomy for the treatment of early-stage thymoma and to(More)
Permission is granted to quote short excerpts and to reproduce figures and tables from this report, provided that the source of such material is fully acknowledged. Abstract—This paper addresses the problem of computing the three-dimensional (3-D) path of a moving rigid object using a calibrated stereoscopic vision setup. The proposed system begins by(More)
BACKGROUND Short-term outcomes of laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) for achalasia have been excellent, although the long-term durability of this operation remains to be established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of LHM. METHODS A single-institution review of patients undergoing LHM between 1992 and 2003 with > or =5 years(More)
BACKGROUND The appropriate surgical intervention for sigmoidal esophagus in the setting of achalasia remains controversial. The objective of this study is to review our experience with minimally invasive myotomy (MIM) and minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) in the treatment of these patients. METHODS We reviewed the records of 30 patients (19 men, 11(More)
BACKGROUND The primary objective of this study was to review our experience with minimally-invasive esophagomyotomy as primary therapy for achalasia, and to identify those clinical variables most predictive of myotomy failure. METHODS We reviewed our experience with all patients who underwent minimally-invasive Heller myotomy from 1992 to 2005. Outcome(More)
BACKGROUND Elderly patients with achalasia are more frequently being referred for minimally invasive Heller myotomy (MIM). The associated morbidity and mortality of MIM in the elderly are not well defined. The objective of this study was to review our experience with MIM in the elderly. METHODS We identified a total of 57 patients (32 men, 25 women) 70(More)