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  1. The incidence of lower extremity peripheral artery disease (LE-PAD) continues to increase and associated morbidity remains high. Despite the significant development of percutaneous revascularization strategies...

    Authors: Anna Franzone, Marco Ferrone, Giuseppe Carotenuto, Andreina Carbone, Laura Scudiero, Federica Serino, Fernando Scudiero, Raffaele Izzo, Raffaele Piccolo, Savio Saviano, Bruno Amato, Cinzia Perrino, Bruno Trimarco and Giovanni Esposito

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S13

    Content type: Research article

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  2. Gastric cancer with synchronous liver metastasis remains a clinical treatment challenge. There has been a longstanding debate on the question whether surgical resection could be beneficial to long-term surviva...

    Authors: Yan-Na Wang, Kun-Tang Shen, Jia-Qian Ling, Xiao-Dong Gao, Ying-Yong Hou, Xue-Fei Wang, Jing Qin, Yi-Hong Sun and Xin-Yu Qin

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:20

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Inguinal hernia is a common condition and its repair (herniorrhaphy) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in general surgery. The Lichtenstein herniorrhaphy technique is a widely used and effective...

    Authors: Rannie Rabe, Clarence Pio Rey Yacapin, Brian S Buckley and Jose Macario Faylona

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:19

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Prophylactic antibiotics (PAs) are beneficial to breast cancer patients undergoing surgery because they prevent surgical site infection (SSI), but limited information regarding their use has been published. Th...

    Authors: Sergio A Acuna, Fernando A Angarita, Jaime Escallon, Mauricio Tawil and Lilian Torregrosa

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:18

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In upper limb surgery, the pneumatic tourniquet is an essential tool to provide a clean, bloodless surgical field, improving visualization of anatomical structures and preventing iatrogenic failure. Optimal in...

    Authors: Junko Sato, Yoshinori Ishii, Hideo Noguchi and Mitsuhiro Takeda

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:17

    Content type: Research article

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  6. This study was designed to identify risk factors for lymph node metastasis of early stage colorectal cancer, which was confirmed to a carcinoma that invaded the submucosa after radical resection.

    Authors: Bong-Hyeon Kye, Ji-Han Jung, Hyung-Jin Kim, Se-Goo Kang, Hyeon-Min Cho and Jun-Gi Kim

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:16

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The incision used for thyroid surgery has become shorter over time, from the classical 10 cm long Kocher incision to the shortest 15 mm access achieved with Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Thyroidectomy. Thi...

    Authors: Fabrizio Consorti, Francesca Milazzo, Mariagiovanna Notarangelo, Laura Scardella and Alfredo Antonaci

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:15

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Patients having arthroscopic shoulder surgery frequently experience periods of inadvertent hypothermia. This common perioperative problem has been linked to adverse patient outcomes such as myocardial ischaemi...

    Authors: Jed Duff, Renatta Di Staso, Kerry-Anne Cobbe, Nicole Draper, Simon Tan, Emma Halliday, Sandy Middleton, Lawrence Lam and Kim Walker

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Hydrocephalus following spontaneous aneurysmal sub-arachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is often associated with unfavorable outcome. This study aimed to determine the potential risk factors and outcomes of shunt-depend...

    Authors: Yi-Min Wang, Yu-Jun Lin, Ming-Jung Chuang, Tsung-Han Lee, Nai-Wen Tsai, Ben-Chung Cheng, Wei-Che Lin, Ben Yu-Jih Su, Tzu-Ming Yang, Wen-Neng Chang, Chih-Cheng Huang, Chia-Te Kung, Lian-Hui Lee, Hung-Chen Wang and Cheng-Hsien Lu

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:12

    Content type: Research article

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  10. To evaluate the quality of life (QOL) in relation to age, sex, clinical stage, postoperative complication, and adjuvant chemotherapy in patients who underwent curative total gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy...

    Authors: Gintare Jakstaite, Narimantas Evaldas Samalavicius, Giedre Smailyte and Raimundas Lunevicius

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:11

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Hepaticojejunostomy (HJ) is the classical reconstruction for benign biliary stricture. Endoscopic management of anastomotic complications after hepaticojejunostomy is extremely difficult. In this work we asses...

    Authors: Mostafa A Hamad and Hussein El-Amin

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:9

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Communication breakdowns represent the main root cause of preventable complications which lead to harm to surgical patients. Standardized readbacks have been successfully implemented as a main pillar of profes...

    Authors: Hari Prabhakar, Jeffrey B Cooper, Allison Sabel, Sebastian Weckbach, Philip S Mehler and Philip F Stahel

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:8

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To describe the rationale and design of an observational cohort study analyzing the effects of endoscopic Totally Extraperitoneal (TEP) hernia repair on male fertility (MAIN study).

    Authors: Nelleke Schouten, Thijs van Dalen, Niels Smakman, Sjoerd G Elias, Cees van de Water, Roan J Spermon, Laurens Sibinga Mulder and Ine P J Burgmans

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:7

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Modern high-velocity projectiles produce temporary cavities and can thus cause extensive tissue destruction along the bullet path. It is still unclear whether gelatin blocks, which are used as a well-accepted ...

    Authors: Constantin von See, Majeed Rana, Marcus Stoetzer, Horst Kokemueller, Martin Ruecker and Nils-Claudius Gellrich

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:6

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Five percent of all patients with breast cancer have distant metastatic disease at initial presentation. Because metastatic breast cancer is considered to be an incurable disease, it is generally treated with ...

    Authors: Jetske Ruiterkamp, Adri C Voogd, Vivianne CG Tjan-Heijnen, Koop Bosscha, Yvette M van der Linden, Emiel JTh Rutgers, Epie Boven, Maurice JC van der Sangen and Miranda F Ernst

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has gained acceptance among surgeons, for the treatment of open abdomen, since very high closure rates have been reported with this method, compared to other kinds of wou...

    Authors: Sandra Lindstedt, Malin Malmsjö, Johan Hansson, Joanna Hlebowicz and Richard Ingemansson

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:4

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Ultrasonic scalpel (UC) and monopolar electrocautery (ME) are common tools for soft tissue dissection. However, morphological data on the related tissue alteration are discordant. We developed an automatic dev...

    Authors: Kia Homayounfar, Johanna Meis, Klaus Jung, Bernd Klosterhalfen, Thilo Sprenger, Lena-Christin Conradi, Claus Langer and Heinz Becker

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:3

    Content type: Research article

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  18. A response to Seiler et al: Interrupted or continuous slowly absorbable sutures for closure of primary elective midline abdominal incisions: a multicenter randomized trial (INSECT: ISRCTN24023541). Ann Surg 20...

    Authors: Lars Fischer, Hanns P Knaebel, Henriette Golcher, Thomas Bruckner, Markus K Diener, Jeannine Bachmann, Markus W Büchler and Christoph M Seiler

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:2

    Content type: Correspondence

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  19. A beneficial effect of gentamicin supplemented mesh material on tissue integration is known. To further elucidate the interaction of collagen and MMP-2 in chronic foreign body reaction and to determine the sig...

    Authors: Marcel Binnebösel, Klaus T von Trotha, Christina Ricken, Christian D Klink, Karsten Junge, Joachim Conze, Marc Jansen, Ulf P Neumann and Petra Lynen Jansen

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:1

    Content type: Research article

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  20. To examine commonly used scoring systems, designed to predict overall outcome in critically ill patients, for their ability to select patients with an abdominal sepsis that have ongoing infection needing relap...

    Authors: Oddeke van Ruler, Jordy JS Kiewiet, Kimberley R Boer, Bas Lamme, Dirk J Gouma, Marja A Boermeester and Johannes B Reitsma

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:38

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Every surgical suture compresses the enclosed tissue with a tension that depends from the knotting force and the resistance of the tissue. The aim of this study was to identify the dynamic change of applied su...

    Authors: Christian D Klink, Marcel Binnebösel, Hamid P Alizai, Andreas Lambertz, Klaus T vonTrotha, Elmar Junker, Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Ulf P Neumann and Uwe Klinge

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:36

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is an effective treatment for end-stage renal disease. It allows patients more freedom to perform daily activities compared to haemodialysis. Key to successful PD is the presence of a ...

    Authors: Sander M Hagen, Arjan M van Alphen, Jan NM IJzermans and Frank JMF Dor

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:35

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. The CARTS study is a multicenter feasibility study, investigating the role of rectum saving surgery for distal rectal cancer.

    Authors: Guus MJ Bökkerink, Eelco JR de Graaf, Cornelis JA Punt, Iris D Nagtegaal, Heidi Rütten, Joost JME Nuyttens, Esther van Meerten, Pascal G Doornebosch, Pieter J Tanis, Eric J Derksen, Roy S Dwarkasing, Corrie AM Marijnen, Annemieke Cats, Rob AEM Tollenaar, Ignace HJT de Hingh, Harm JT Rutten…

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:34

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Anastomotic or marginal ulcers occur in 0.6 to 16% of patients after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass. Initial therapy aims at eliminating known risk factors including smoking, Helicobacter pylori infecti...

    Authors: Daniel C Steinemann, Marc Schiesser, Pierre-Alain Clavien and Antonio Nocito

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:33

    Content type: Case report

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  25. Therapeutic strategies aiming to reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury by conditioning tissue tolerance against ischemia appear attractive not only from a scientific perspective, but also in clinics. Although pre...

    Authors: Robert Kraemer, Johan Lorenzen, Mohammad Kabbani, Christian Herold, Marc Busche, Peter M Vogt and Karsten Knobloch

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:32

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Accidental or intentional subcutaneous and/or intramuscular injection of metallic mercury is an uncommon form of poisoning. Although it does not carry the same risk as mercury vapour inhalation, it may cause d...

    Authors: Joerg Friesenbichler, Werner Maurer-Ertl, Patrick Sadoghi, Elisabeth Wolf and Andreas Leithner

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:31

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Many factors have been put forward as a driving mechanism of surgery-triggered adhesion formation (AF). In this study, we underline the key role of specific surgical trauma related with open surgery (OS) and l...

    Authors: Sergei V Pismensky, Zhomart R Kalzhanov, Marina Yu Eliseeva, Ioannis P Kosmas and Ospan A Mynbaev

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:30

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Degenerative spinal stenosis and instability requiring multilevel spine surgery has been associated with large blood losses. Factors that affect perioperative blood loss include time of surgery, surgical proce...

    Authors: Stefan Endres, Martin Heinz and Axel Wilke

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:29

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Obesity is a major public health problem in both developed and developing countries alike and leads to a series of changes in respiratory physiology. There is a strong correlation between obesity and cardiopul...

    Authors: Luis VF Oliveira, Isabella C Aguiar, Raquel P Hirata, Newton S Faria Junior, Israel S Reis, Luciana MM Sampaio, Claudia S Oliveira, Paulo TC Carvalho, Fernando SS Leitao Filho, Lilian C Giannasi, Lia Azevedo Pinto, Carlos Alberto Malheiros and Wilson Rodrigues Freitas Jr

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:28

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. In the everyday surgical life, staff may experience that patients with Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) seem reluctant to participate in alcohol intervention programs. The objective was therefore to assess accepta...

    Authors: Bolette Pedersen, Kristian Oppedal, Lisa Egund and Hanne Tønnesen

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:26

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Mesh repair of incisional hernia is superior to the conventional technique. From all available materials for open surgery polypropylene (PP) is the most widely used. Development resulted in meshes with larger ...

    Authors: Roland Ladurner, Costanza Chiapponi, Quirin Linhuber and Thomas Mussack

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:25

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Emerging attempts have been made to reduce operative trauma and improve cosmetic results of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There is a trend towards minimizing the number of incisions such as natural translumina...

    Authors: Daniel C Steinemann, Dimitri A Raptis, Georg Lurje, Christian E Oberkofler, Roland Wyss, Adrian Zehnder, Mickael Lesurtel, René Vonlanthen, Pierre-Alain Clavien and Stefan Breitenstein

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:24

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Research estimates of inadvertent harm to patients undergoing modern healthcare demonstrate a serious problem. Much attention has been paid to analysis of the causes of error and harm, but researchers have typ...

    Authors: Peter McCulloch and Ken Catchpole

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:23

    Content type: Technical advance

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  34. Hepatic resection is still associated with significant morbidity. Although the period of parenchymal transection presents a crucial step during the operation, uncertainty persists regarding the optimal techniq...

    Authors: Nuh N Rahbari, Heike Elbers, Moritz Koch, Thomas Bruckner, Patrick Vogler, Fabian Striebel, Peter Schemmer, Arianeb Mehrabi, Markus W Büchler and Jürgen Weitz

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:22

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. Surgical site infection (SSI) continues to be a major source of morbidity and mortality in developing countries despite recent advances in aseptic techniques. There is no baseline information regarding SSI in ...

    Authors: Brian Mawalla, Stephen E Mshana, Phillipo L Chalya, Can Imirzalioglu and William Mahalu

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:21

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The median laparotomy is frequently used by abdominal surgeons to gain rapid and wide access to the abdominal cavity with minimal damage to nerves, vascular structures and muscles of the abdominal wall. Howeve...

    Authors: Joris J Harlaar, Eva B Deerenberg, Gabrielle H van Ramshorst, Harold E Lont, Ed CMH van der Borst, Willem R Schouten, Joos Heisterkamp, Helena C van Doorn, Huib A Cense, Frits Berends, Hein BAC Stockmann, Wietske W Vrijland, Esther CJ Consten, Reyer T Ottow, Peter MNYH Go, John J Hermans…

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:20

    Content type: Study protocol

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  37. Biliary-enteric anastomosis (BEA) is a common surgical procedure performed for the management of biliary obstruction or leakage that results from a variety of benign and malignant diseases. Complications follo...

    Authors: Syed Nabeel Zafar, Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Rushna Raza, Muhammad N Khan, Mahwash Kasi, Ammar Rafiq and Omer H Jamy

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:19

    Content type: Research article

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  38. In the year 2000, the organizational structure of the ICU in the Zaandam Medical Centre (ZMC) changed from an open to a closed format ICU. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of this organiz...

    Authors: Frederik J van der Sluis, Cornelis Slagt, Barbara Liebman, Jan Beute, Jan WR Mulder and Alexander F Engel

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:18

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major source of morbidity and mortality in the elderly population and surgery is often the only definitive management option. The suitability of surgical candidates based on age al...

    Authors: Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Hassaan Bari, Syed Nabeel Zafar and Syed Ahsan Raza

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:17

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Although liver resection has long been established for selected patients with benign hepatic disease, the success of surgical treatment of these patients cannot be evaluated exclusively through postoperative m...

    Authors: Carsten Kamphues, Sabine Engel, Timm Denecke, Roberta Bova, Michael Hippler-Benscheidt, Gero Puhl, Peter Neuhaus and Daniel Seehofer

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:16

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Various agents and techniques have been introduced to limit intra-operative blood loss from skin lesions. No uniformity regarding the type of haemostasis exists and this is generally based on the surgeon's pre...

    Authors: Marieke D Groenewold, Astrid J Gribnau and Dirk T Ubbink

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:15

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage is mainly caused by ulcers. Gastric varicosis due to portal hypertension can also be held responsible for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Portal hypertension causes the deve...

    Authors: Klaus T von Trotha, Marcel Binnebösel, Son Truong, Florian F Behrendt, Hermann E Wasmuth, Ulf P Neumann and Marc Jansen

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:14

    Content type: Case report

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  43. Adhesions are fibrous bands of scar tissue, often a result of surgery, that form between internal organs and tissues, joining them together abnormally. Postoperative adhesions frequently occur following abdomi...

    Authors: Vanja Sikirica, Bela Bapat, Sean D Candrilli, Keith L Davis, Malcolm Wilson and Alan Johns

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:13

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Enterocutaneous fistulas (ECF) are debilitating and usually result following complex abdominal surgery. While there is an association with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a large number of fistulas occur aft...

    Authors: Goher Rahbour, Ailsa L Hart, Hafid O Al-Hassi, Mohammad R Ullah, Simon M Gabe, Stella C Knight, Janindra Warusavitarne and Carolynne J Vaizey

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2011 11:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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