Sally A Norton

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BACKGROUND Conventional ultrasonography is used widely in the investigation of gallstone disease but is limited in the detection of bile duct stones due to poor visualization of the distal bile duct. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is currently the investigation of choice for suspected choledocholithiasis, but is not without morbidity.(More)
BACKGROUND Recent guidelines have been issued for the management of acute pancreatitis. The aim of this study was to audit the management of acute pancreatitis in one district general hospital, to determine the problems and benefits associated with the implementation of such guidelines. METHODS Data were collected over the period 1991-1995 for all(More)
INTRODUCTION The prevalence of obesity surgery is increasing rapidly in the UK as demand rises. Consequently, general surgeons on-call may be faced with the complications of such surgery and need to have an understanding about how to manage them, at least initially. Obesity surgery is mainly offered in tertiary centres but patients may present with problems(More)
BACKGROUND The accurate staging of colorectal neoplasia may aid the stratification of patients for adjuvant treatment. At present the mural extent of neoplasia proximal to the mid rectum is difficult to determine. Prediction of mural invasion could help identify patients suitable for radical resection, minimal access surgery or endoscopic treatment.(More)
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity. Long-term complications include band slippage, gastric pouch dilatation and gastric erosion. Rates of band slippage reported in the literature range from less than 1% to over 20%. The aim of this review was to explore whether differences in the reporting of this(More)
Epiphrenic pulsion diverticula are rare and often asymptomatic. We describe a case presenting in an unusual fashion, and review the controversy over the management of this condition with regard to the requirement for myotomy and antireflux surgery. We believe that both procedures are necessary, but believe that both procedures are necessary, but optimal(More)
We reviewed our experience with open cholecystectomy since laparoscopic cholecystectomy became the treatment of choice for symptomatic gallstones. Over a 3 year period 35 open (6%) and 578 laparoscopic cholecystectomies (94%) were performed. Fourteen trainee surgeons performed only 16 open cholecystectomies and assisted at 19. The proportion of open(More)
BACKGROUND 'Idiopathic' pancreatitis may be diagnosed when gallstones are excluded by transabdominal ultrasonography and less common causes are not implicated by history or other investigations. Transabdominal ultrasonography may not, however, detect small stones responsible for acute pancreatitis. The aim of this study was to determine if endoscopic(More)
Obesity is a modern-day epidemic with serious physical, psychological and economic implications for the patients. Tackling obesity is now a priority for most healthcare providers. Managing such patients can be complex, emotional, time consuming and often frustrating. Obesity surgery, in its various forms, has revolutionised this struggle. With appropriate(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding has a role in the treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This pilot study was undertaken in a single, tertiary referral centre. Data on all patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension that have undergone laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in(More)