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  1. Laparoscopic adhesiolysis is emerging as an alternative for open surgery in adhesive small bowel obstruction. Retrospective studies suggest that laparoscopic approach shortens hospital stay and reduces complic...

    Authors: Ville Sallinen, Heidi Wikström, Mikael Victorzon, Paulina Salminen, Vesa Koivukangas, Eija Haukijärvi, Berndt Enholm, Ari Leppäniemi and Panu Mentula
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:77
  2. Routine placement of intraperitoneal drains has been shown to be ineffective or potentially harmful in various abdominal surgical procedures. Studies assessing risks and benefits of abdominal drains for pancre...

    Authors: Ulrich Nitsche, Tara C Müller, Christoph Späth, Lynne Cresswell, Dirk Wilhelm, Helmut Friess, Christoph W Michalski and Jörg Kleeff
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:76
  3. Primary colorectal lymphoma represents a rare minority among the colonic neoplasms. Early diagnosis is often difficult because of unspecific symptoms, with subsequent delays in diagnosis and management. We des...

    Authors: Domenico Risio, Rossana Percario, Margherita Legnini, Francesco Caldaralo, Domenico Angelucci, Camilla Marinelli, Alberto D'Aulerio, Roberto Cotellese, Luca Napolitano and Paolo Innocenti
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:75
  4. Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a rare and potentially detrimental complication of soft-tissue trauma, amputations, central nervous system injury (traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord lesions, tumors, enceph...

    Authors: Xianghong Zhang, Shuo Jie, Tang Liu and Xiangsheng Zhang
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:74
  5. Midline laparotomy closure carries a significant risk of incisional hernia. This study examines the behavior of two new suture materials, an elastic material, polyurethane (PUe), and a barbed polydioxanone (PD...

    Authors: Juan M Bellón, Paloma Pérez-López, Raquel Simón-Allue, Sandra Sotomayor, Bárbara Pérez-Köhler, Estefanía Peña, Gemma Pascual and Begoña Calvo
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:70
  6. Surgical site infection is a major contributor to increased mortality and health care costs globally which can be reduced by appropriate antibiotic prophylactic use. In Palestine, there is no published data ab...

    Authors: Samar MJ Musmar, Hiba Ba`ba and Ala` Owais
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:69
  7. During the last 2 decades, many studies on the treatment of mandibular condyle fracture have been published. The incidence of mandibular condyle fractures is variable, ranging from 17.5% to 52% of all mandibul...

    Authors: Alessia Spinzia, Renato Patrone, Evaristo Belli, Giovanni Dell’Aversana Orabona, Claudio Ungari, Fabio Filiaci, Alessandro Agrillo, Giacomo De Riu, Silvio Mario Meloni, Gianmauro Liberatore and Pasquale Piombino
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:68
  8. Hospitalization and surgery are critical negative life events that lead to the experience of considerable anxiety in patients. Patients may perceive the day of surgery as the biggest and the most threatening d...

    Authors: Seifu Nigussie, Tefera Belachew and Wadu Wolancho
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:67
  9. The medical literature includes two risk scores predicting the occurrence of abdominal wound dehiscence. These risk indices were validated by the authors on the populations studied. However, whether these scor...

    Authors: Jakub Kenig, Piotr Richter, Anna Lasek, Katarzyna Zbierska and Sabina Zurawska
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:65
  10. MELD-based allocation for liver transplantation follows the “sickest-patient-first” strategy. The latter patients present with both, decreased immune competence and poor kidney function which is further impair...

    Authors: Susanne Richter, Georg Polychronidis, Daniel N Gotthardt, Philipp Houben, Thomas Giese, Anja Sander, Colette Dörr-Harim, Markus K Diener and Peter Schemmer
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:64
  11. Surgical complications worldwide are dreaded by both patients and physicians alike. They represent significant and serious morbidity and mortality, and contribute substantially to increased costs of healthcare.

    Authors: John Michael DiBianco, Robert A Brenes and J Alexander Palesty
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:63
  12. Aneurysms of an aberrant splenic artery originating from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) are extremely rare; however, they are clinically important because possible rupture could be catastrophic. The meth...

    Authors: Weimin Zhou, Jiehua Qiu, Qingwen Yuan, Wei Zhou, Jixin Xiong and Qingzhong Zeng
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:62
  13. It has recently been reported that a signal latency shorter than 3.5 ms after electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve signify a nonrecurrent course of the inferior laryngeal nerve. We present a patient with ...

    Authors: Michael Brauckhoff, Helle Naterstad, Katrin Brauckhoff, Martin Biermann and Turid Aas
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:61
  14. In neurosurgery, the most common type of facial and pharyngeal pain is trigeminal neuralgia. In contrast, glossopharyngeal neuralgia is relatively rare, and laryngeal neuralgia is the most rarely observed.

    Authors: Qiang Zong, Kai Zhang, Guangliang Han, Shengye Yang, Lijiang Wang and Hongxing Li
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:60
  15. Surgical treatment of giant pituitary adenomas is difficult due to complicated dissection of the sellar area. The extent of tumor resection affects the efficacy of surgical treatment. This study is to investig...

    Authors: Shousen Wang, Shun’an Lin, Liangfeng Wei, Lin Zhao and Yinxing Huang
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:59
  16. Primary perineal wound closure after conventional abdominoperineal resection (cAPR) for rectal cancer has been the standard of care for many years. Since the introduction of neo-adjuvant radiotherapy and the e...

    Authors: Gijsbert D Musters, Willem A Bemelman, Robbert JI Bosker, Jacobus WA Burger, Peter van Duijvendijk, Boudewijn van Etten, Anna AW van Geloven, Eelco JR de Graaf, Christiaan Hoff, Niels de Korte, Jeroen WA Leijtens, Harm JT Rutten, Baljit Singh, Anthony van de Ven, Ronald JCLM Vuylsteke, Johannes HW de wilt…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:58
  17. Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a rare surgical complication that can occur after intraperitoneal treatment. It is also a serious and potentially fatal complication of continuous ambulatory periton...

    Authors: Katsushi Takebayashi, Hiromichi Sonoda, Tomoharu Shimizu, Hiroyuki Ohta, Mitsuaki Ishida, Eiji Mekata, Yoshihiro Endo, Tohru Tani and Masaji Tani
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:57
  18. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system has assigned a surgical complexity level to each of its medical centers by specifying requirements to perform standard, intermediate or complex surgical procedur...

    Authors: James Studnicki, Christopher Craver, Christopher M Blanchette, John W Fisher and Sara Shahbazi
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:55
  19. There is an ongoing debate about the best closure technique after distal pancreatectomy (DP). The aim of the closure is to prevent the formation of a clinically relevant post-operative pancreatic fistula (POPF...

    Authors: Marius Distler, Stephan Kersting, Felix Rückert, Peggy Kross, Hans-Detlev Saeger, Jürgen Weitz and Robert Grützmann
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:54
  20. Coracoclavicular (CC) ligament reconstruction with semitendinosus tendon (ST) grafts has become more popular and has achieved relatively good results; however optimal reconstruction technique, single-tunnel or...

    Authors: Zhiyong Hou, Jove Graham, Yingze Zhang, Kent Strohecker, Daniel Feldmann, Thomas R Bowen, Wei Chen and Wade Smith
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:53
  21. In muscular skeletal oncology aiming to achieve wide surgical margin is one of the main factors influencing patient prognosis. In cases where lesions are either meta or epiphyseal, surgery most often compromis...

    Authors: Carmine Zoccali, Barbara Rossi, Virginia Ferraresi, Vincenzo Anelli and Alessandro Rita
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:52
  22. The process involved in organ procurement and transplantation is very complex that requires multidisciplinary coordination and teamwork. To prevent error during the processes, teamwork education and training m...

    Authors: Ya-Chi Hsu, Jih-Shuin Jerng, Ching-Wen Chang, Li-Chin Chen, Ming-Yuan Hsieh, Szu-Fen Huang, Yueh-Ping Liu and Kuan-Yu Hung
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:51
  23. Abdominal wall defects result from trauma, abdominal wall tumors, necrotizing infections or complications of previous abdominal surgeries. Apart from cosmetics, abdominal wall defects have strong negative func...

    Authors: Martin Hutan, Christian Bartko, Ivan Majesky, Augustin Prochotsky, Jaroslav Sekac and Jan Skultety
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:50
  24. Thyroid carcinoma in young women is rapidly increasing, and cosmesis plays an important role in thyroid operations. Various endoscopic thyroid surgery approaches have been performed, and their application has ...

    Authors: Yong-Seok Kim, Kyu-Hwa Joo, Sun-Cheol Park, Kee-Hwan Kim, Chang-Hyuck Ahn and Jeong-Soo Kim
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:49
  25. One third of patients with infective endocarditis will require operative intervention. Given the superiority of valve repair over valve replacement in many indications other than endocarditis, there has been i...

    Authors: Patrick O Myers, Mustafa Cikirikcioglu and Afksendiyos Kalangos
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:48
  26. Cancellation of surgery close to scheduled time causes a waste of healthcare resources. The current study analyzes surgery cancellations occurring after the patient has been prepared for the operating room, in...

    Authors: Ju-Hsin Chang, Ke-Wei Chen, Kuen-Bao Chen, Kin-Shing Poon and Shih-Kai Liu
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:47
  27. Surgery is a cornerstone of treatment for malignancy. However, significant variation has been reported in patterns and quality of cancer care for important health outcomes, including perioperative mortality. S...

    Authors: Alice C Wei, David R Urbach, Katharine S Devitt, Meagan Wiebe, Oliver F Bathe, Robin S McLeod, Erin D Kennedy and Nancy N Baxter
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:45
  28. Surgical procedures with curative or palliative intentions in subjects aged over 70 represent a colorectal surgical challenge due to the issue they raise: Benefits versus increased morbidity. In this study, we...

    Authors: Huseyin Yuce Bircan, Bora Koc, Umit Ozcelik, Gokhan Adas, Servet Karahan and Alp Demirag
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:44
  29. Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) lymph node metastasis used to be shown a predictor for poor prognosis in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic impact of R...

    Authors: Jie Wu, Qi-Xun Chen, Xing-Ming Zhou, Wei-Ming Mao and Mark J Krasna
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:43
  30. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs have been reported to be feasible and useful for maintaining physiological function and facilitating recovery after colorectal surgery. The feasibility of such p...

    Authors: Takanobu Yamada, Tsutomu Hayashi, Toru Aoyama, Junya Shirai, Hirohito Fujikawa, Haruhiko Cho, Takaki Yoshikawa, Yasushi Rino, Munetaka Masuda, Hideki Taniguchi, Ryoji Fukushima and Akira Tsuburaya
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:41
  31. We evaluated treatment modalities and survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), by pre-treatment and 3-month post-treatment serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and pre-treatment tumor diameters.

    Authors: Adriana Toro, Annalisa Ardiri, Maurizio Mannino, Maria Concetta Arcerito, Giovanni Mannino, Filippo Palermo, Gaetano Bertino and Isidoro Di Carlo
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:40
  32. The posterior and anterior circumflex humeral artery (PCHA and ACHA) are crucial for the blood supply of humeral head. We aimed to identify simple landmarks for guiding the quick access to PCHA and ACHA, which...

    Authors: Yi-xin Chen, Yi Zhu, Fu-hua Wu, Xin Zheng, Yu-fan Wangyang, Han Yuan, Xiao-xiao Xie, Dong-ya Li, Chang-jun Wang and Hong-fei Shi
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:39
  33. The Meigs' syndrome is a rare but well-known syndrome defined as the triad of benign solid ovarian tumor, ascites, and pleural effusion. Meigs' syndrome always requires surgical treatment. However, the optimal...

    Authors: Antonio Macciò, Clelia Madeddu, Paraskevas Kotsonis, Michele Pietrangeli and Anna Maria Paoletti
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:38
  34. Gossypiboma is a term used to describe a mass that forms around a cotton sponge or abdominal compress accidentally left in a patient during surgery. Transmural migration of an intra-abdominal gossypiboma has b...

    Authors: Yun-Xiao Lv, Cheng-Chan Yu, Chun-Fang Tung and Cheng-Chung Wu
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:36
  35. Spontaneous mesenteric haematoma is a rare condition that occurs due to localized bleeding in the mesenteric vascular tree of a bowel segment in the absence of an identifiable cause. Here we report a case of s...

    Authors: Hutan Ashrafian, James HR Manfield, Anuja Mitra, Derek J Boyle and Pawan Mathur
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:35
  36. It is speculated that blood transfusion may induce adverse consequences after cancer surgery due to immunosuppression. This study was intended to assess the impact of perioperative blood transfusion on the pro...

    Authors: Haixing Luan, Feng Ye, Lupeng Wu, Yanming Zhou and Jie Jiang
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:34
  37. Evidence is accumulating that, similar to other ventral hernias, umbilical and epigastric hernias must be mesh repaired. The difficulties involved in mesh placement and in mesh-related complications could be t...

    Authors: Jeroen EH Ponten, Bart JM Leenders, Jan A Charbon, Tanja Lettinga - van de Poll, Jeroen Heemskerk, Ingrid S Martijnse, Joop LM Konsten and Simon W Nienhuijs
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:33
  38. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhymia, and it results in increased risk of thromboembolism and decreased cardiac function. In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, concomitant radiofrequency ablation to...

    Authors: Lin Chen, Yingbin Xiao, Ruiyan Ma, Baicheng Chen, Jia Hao, Chuan Qin, Wei Cheng and Renguo Wen
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:32
  39. Urethral metastatic adenocarcinoma is extremely rare. Moreover, only 9 previous cases with metastases from colorectal cancer have been reported to date, and not much information on urethral metastases from col...

    Authors: Shinsuke Kazama, Joji Kitayama, Eiji Sunami, Aya Niimi, Akira Nomiya, Yukio Homma and Toshiaki Watanabe
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:31
  40. Craniospinal junction tumors are rare but severe lesions. Surgical stabilization has been established to be an ideal treatment for upper cervical tumor pathology. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ...

    Authors: Jun Zou, Chenxi Yuan, Ruofu Zhu, Zhiming Zhang, Weimin Jiang and Huilin Yang
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:30
  41. Gastric cancer (GC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in China and the outcome of GC patients is poor. The aim of the research is to study the prognostic factors of gastric cancer patients who had cur...

    Authors: Wei-Juan Zeng, Wen-Qin Hu, Lin-Wei Wang, Shu-Guang Yan, Jian-Ding Li, Hao-Liang Zhao, Chun-Wei Peng, Gui-Fang Yang and Yan Li
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:29
  42. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has become the treatment of choice for gallbladder lesions, but it is not a pain-free procedure. This study explored the pain relief provided by combined wound and intraperito...

    Authors: Chun-Nan Yeh, Chun-Yi Tsai, Chi-Tung Cheng, Shang-Yu Wang, Yu-Yin Liu, Kun-Chun Chiang, Feng-Jen Hsieh, Chih-Chung Lin, Yi-Yin Jan and Miin-Fu Chen
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2014 14:28

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