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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)
  • 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 Locally advanced unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma (LAC) is characterized by poor survival despite chemotherapy and conventional radiation therapy. We have recently reported on the safety of using irreversible electroporation (IRE) for the management of LAC. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the overall survival in patients with LAC(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)
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 America's aging population has led to an increase in the number of elderly patients necessitating emergency general surgery. Previous studies have demonstrated that increased frailty is a predictor of outcomes in medicine and surgical patients. We hypothesized that use of a modification of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging Frailty Index(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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery™ (FES) program consists of online materials and didactic and skills-based tests. All components were designed to measure the skills and knowledge required to perform safe flexible endoscopy. The purpose of this multicenter study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the hands-on component of the(More)