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BACKGROUND Use of laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) remains controversial during pregnancy because data regarding procedure safety are limited. The outcome of LA in pregnant women was evaluated and compared to results of open surgery. METHODS Between January 1997 and December 2007, 42 pregnant women (mean age 24 years [range: 19-40 years]; range of(More)
Various methods may be used for temporary closure of the abdomen. Use of the "Bogota bag" (BB) technique for abdominal closure has been reported primarily in the management of injuries. This review describes our experience using the BB technique in cases of secondary peritonitis. Abdomenal closure using BB was reviewed retrospectively in 152 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Traditional approaches to incisional hernias (IH)--particularly in cases with large fascial defects--are plagued by a significant recurrence rate as well as frequent wound infections. The laparoscopic repair of incisional hernias was designed to offer a minimally invasive and tension-free technique that yields less morbidity and fewer recurrences(More)
A study was conducted over a 23-month period to determine the possibility of early postoperative oral feeding after removal of a nasogastric tube in patients undergoing gastrointestinal operations. One hundred seventy-one patients were prospectively randomized into two groups. The first group began liquid oral intake 4 hours after removal of the tube. The(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent obesity has undesirable short- and long-term effects. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding has been considered a procedure of choice for adolescent morbid obesity. We retrospectively evaluated our single-team banding experience in the adolescent population. METHODS We reviewed the medical and clinic records and conducted telephone(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) in patients with acute cholecystitis aged 75 years and older. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective chart review was performed on the 1216 cholecystectomies performed in our department from 2000 to 2005. A total of 225 patients underwent attempted LC for(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic techniques have been proposed as an alternative to open surgery for the treatment of peptic ulcer perforation. This study compared the outcome of laparoscopic and open approaches for the repair of gastroduodenal perforations. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted with 134 consecutive patients treated for gastroduodenal(More)