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  • V Velanovich
  • 1998
The Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Health-Related Quality-Of-Life (GERD-HRQL) scale was developed to objectively quantify symptom severity. It was compared to a "gold standard" health survey, the SF-36. Forty-three patients treated either medically or surgically for gastroesophageal reflux disease were asked to complete both the GERD-HRQL and the SF-36.(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)
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)
HYPOTHESIS Amplification of the HER-2/neu oncogene in 25% of breast cancers is associated with a shortened disease-free survival. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of a patient population referred to a tertiary care facility for HER-2/neu testing. The mean follow-up was 56 months. SETTING Large, urban, tertiary care hospital. PATIENTS From 1995 to 1999, a(More)
  • V Velanovich
  • 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)
BACKGROUND Pancreatic fistula occurs in about 20% of patients undergoing laparoscopic pancreatectomy. A variety of techniques have been described to decrease this rate, with limited success. Fibrin sealants are products that promote the adhesion of tissue surfaces to each other. This report demonstrates the use of fibrin sealants to decrease the incidence(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the utility of adding oral nonabsorbable antibiotics to the bowel prep prior to elective colon surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Bowel preparation prior to colectomy remains controversial. We hypothesized that mechanical bowel preparation with oral antibiotics (compared with without) was associated with lower rates of surgical site(More)
BACKGROUND Flexible endoscopy is an integral part of surgical care. Exposure to endoscopic procedures varies greatly in surgical training. The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has developed the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), which serves to teach and assess the fundamental knowledge and skills required to practice(More)
Controversy persists over the best choice of fluid to use for resuscitation. A number of published articles promote the use of either colloid or crystalloid fluids. Most of the arguments for use of one fluid or the other are based on cardiopulmonary data collected during and after fluid resuscitation. Although many studies report the mortality rate of(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)