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BACKGROUND New surgical technologies have been introduced in thyroid surgery, to achieve vessel sealing and hemostasis. The aim of the study was to examine their effectiveness and compare the outcome of total thyroidectomy using the Harmonic Focus™, the LigaSure® Precise and the conventional technique of suture ligation. METHODS A retrospective(More)
Hypocalcemia is the most frequent major complication following total thyroidectomy (TT), delaying timely hospital demission. We prospectively evaluated the diagnostic utility of parathyroid hormone (PTH) measured one hour after TT and the delta (post-minus pre-surgery) PTH in order to determine which biomarker best predicted post-surgery hypocalcemia.(More)
Patients with symptomatic gallstones present common bile duct stones in approximately 10% of cases. It is possible to resolve both gallbladder and bile duct stones with a single procedure. The aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a single stage procedure for gallbladder and bile duct stones in the elderly patients and to expose the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with haemorrhoids often present obstructive defecation symptoms. Preoperative they can be classified in three groups: slight, severe and mild symptoms. Aim of this study was to postoperatively evaluate functional outcome in patients who underwent stapled haemorrhoidectomy in mild obstructive defecation syndrome. METHODS We enrolled 98(More)
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