Vic Velanovich

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Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is becoming an increasingly used modality in the surgical treatment of pancreatic disease. The assumption is that this will lead to shorter hospitalization and faster recovery. However, actual comparative data between open and laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is lacking. The purpose of this study is to compare these(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of uncomplicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is primarily to improve the symptoms of the patient. However, measurement of symptomatic outcome is difficult because it is as the patient perceives it to be and not "objective." This creates a need to develop a simple and understandable instrument to measure symptomatic outcome.(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life has increasingly become an important issue in breast cancer treatment. One of the impetuses for sentinel lymph node biopsy or selective axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is the assumed decreased incidence of lymphedema compared with standard ALND. This is based on the assumption that ALND is associated with a clinically(More)
  • V Velanovich
  • Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of…
  • 2007
The Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Health Related Quality of Life (GERD-HRQL) instrument was introduced approximately 10 years ago to provide a quantitative method of measuring symptom severity in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Since that time the instrument has been used to assess treatment response to medication, endoscopic procedures, and(More)
Debate continues as to what should be the appropriate "negative" appendectomy rate for patients suspected of having acute appendicitis. The controversy centers around balancing the complications of appendectomy for a normal appendix with those for a perforated appendix. By using a decision analysis approach to the probable outcomes of appendectomy for a(More)
BACKGROUND The purported advantages of laparoscopic surgery over conventional open techniques are less pain and faster return to normal functional status. Very few studies have included validated measures of quality of life as end points. This study prospectively assessed the health status outcomes of patients undergoing four types of laparoscopic and open(More)
BACKGROUND Frailty has been associated with a number of adverse outcomes. One model of frailty is the "accumulating deficits" concept. We hypothesized that this model can be applied to a national database to predict postoperative mortality and morbidity. METHODS We accessed the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Participant Use File for(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine which mammographically guided breast biopsy technique is the most efficient in making a diagnosis in women with suspicious mammograms. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Mammographically guided biopsy techniques include stereotactic 14-gauge core-needle biopsy (SC bx), stereotactic 11-gauge suction-assisted core biopsy (Mammotome [Mbx]),(More)
BACKGROUND Even though laparoscopic antireflux procedures have become the surgical treatment of choice for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), little quantitative data exist comparing symptomatic and quality of life outcomes between laparoscopic and standard open procedures. This study was done to compare short-term outcomes. METHODS All patients(More)
BACKGROUND Locally advanced pancreatic cancer patients have limited options for disease control. Local ablation technologies based on thermal damage have been used but are associated with major complications in this region of the pancreas. Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a nonthermal ablation technology that we have shown is safe near vital vascular(More)