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  1. For many patients with aorto-occlusive disease, where stent deployment is not possible, surgery remains the only treatment option available. The aim of this study was to assess the results of aortic reconstruc...

    Authors: Gareth Morris-Stiff, Samuel Ogunbiyi, Richard K Winter, Russell Brown and Michael H Lewis
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:19
  2. The gold standard for assessment of intraabdominal pressure (IAP) is via intravesicular pressure measurement (IVP). This accepted technique has some inherent problems, e.g. indirectness. Aim of this clinical s...

    Authors: Jens Otto, Daniel Kaemmer, Andreas Biermann, Marc Jansen, Rolf Dembinski, Volker Schumpelick and Alexander Schachtrupp
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:18
  3. Endoscopic resectional techniques for colon cancer are undermined by their inability to determine lymph node status. This limits their application to only those lesions at the most minimal risk of lymphatic di...

    Authors: Ronan A Cahill, Joel Leroy and Jacques Marescaux
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:17
  4. A standard of care for the treatment of small renal masses is partial nephrectomy. The open and laparoscopic approaches have been well described in the literature. Robotic assistance may augment partial nephre...

    Authors: Sam B Bhayani and Nitin Das
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:16
  5. With the availability of infliximab, nowadays recurrent Crohn's disease, defined as disease refractory to immunomodulatory agents that has been treated with steroids, is generally treated with infliximab. Infl...

    Authors: Emma J Eshuis, Willem A Bemelman, Ad A van Bodegraven, Mirjam AG Sprangers, Patrick MM Bossuyt, AW Marc van Milligen de Wit, Rogier MPH Crolla, Djuna L Cahen, Liekele E Oostenbrug, Meindert N Sosef, Annet MCJ Voorburg, Paul HP Davids, C Janneke van der Woude, Johan Lange, Rosalie C Mallant, Maarten J Boom…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:15
  6. Waiting time and costs from referral to day case outpatient surgery are at an unacceptably high level. The waiting time in Norway averages 240 days for common surgical conditions. Furthermore, in North Norway ...

    Authors: Knut Magne Augestad, Arthur Revhaug, Barthold Vonen, Roar Johnsen and Rolv-Ole Lindsetmo
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:14
  7. Several randomized controlled trials have compared different suture materials and techniques for abdominal wall closure with respect to the incidence of incisional hernias after midline laparotomy and shown th...

    Authors: Lars Fischer, Petra Baumann, Johannes Hüsing, Christoph Seidlmayer, Markus Albertsmeier, Annette Franck, Steffen Luntz, Christoph M Seiler and Hanns-Peter Knaebel
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:12
  8. Low transsphincteric fistulas less than 1/3 of the sphincter complex are easy to treat by fistulotomy with a high success rate. High transsphincteric fistulas remain a surgical challenge. Various surgical proc...

    Authors: Paul J van Koperen, Willem A Bemelman, Patrick MM Bossuyt, Michael F Gerhards, Quirijn AJ Eijsbouts, Willem F van Tets, Lucas WM Janssen, F Robert Dijkstra, Annette D van Dalsen and J Frederik M Slors
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:11
  9. With the increasing number of non palpable breast carcinomas, the need of a good and reliable localization method increases. Currently the wire guided localization (WGL) is the standard of care in most countri...

    Authors: Stijn van Esser, Monique GG Hobbelink, Petra HM Peeters, Erik Buskens, Iris M van der Ploeg, Willem PTHM Mali, Inne H M Borel Rinkes and Richard van Hillegersberg
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:9
  10. Standard methods for assessment of organ viability during surgery are typically limited to visual cues and tactile feedback in open surgery. However, during laparoscopic surgery, these processes are impaired. ...

    Authors: Nicole J Crane, Peter A Pinto, Douglas Hale, Frederick A Gage, Doug Tadaki, Allan D Kirk, Ira W Levin and Eric A Elster
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:8
  11. Laparoscopic mesh-reinforcement of the hiatal region in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and paraesophageal hernia (PEH) reduces the risk of recurrence. However, there are still controve...

    Authors: Jens Otto, Daniel Kämmer, Petra Lynen Jansen, Michael Anurov, Svetlana Titkova, Alexander Öttinger, Raphael Rosch, Volker Schumpelick and Marc Jansen
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:7
  12. Surgical hepatic resection remains the treatment of choice for patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer despite the use of alternative therapeutic strategies. Although this procedure provides long...

    Authors: T Schmidt, M Koch, D Antolovic, C Reissfelder, FH Schmitz-Winnenthal, NN Rahbari, J Schmidt, CM Seiler, MW Büchler and J Weitz
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:6
  13. Wound infection is a common complication in diabetic patients. The progressive spread of infections and development of drug-resistant strains underline the need for further insights into bacterial behavior in ...

    Authors: Tobias Hirsch, Malte Spielmann, Baraa Zuhaili, Till Koehler, Magdalena Fossum, Hans-Ulrich Steinau, Feng Yao, Lars Steinstraesser, Andrew B Onderdonk and Elof Eriksson
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:5
  14. Two unfortunate outcomes for patients treated surgically for rectal cancer are placement of a permanent colostomy and local tumor recurrence. Total mesorectal excision is a new technique for rectal cancer surg...

    Authors: Marko Simunovic, Charles Goldsmith, Lehana Thabane, Robin McLeod, Franco DeNardi, Timothy J Whelan and Mark N Levine
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:4
  15. Oesophagectomy for cancers is a major operation with significant blood loss and usage. Concerns exist about the side effects of blood transfusion, cost and availability of donated blood. We are not aware of an...

    Authors: Abraham A Ayantunde, Ming Y Ng, Saurov Pal, Neil T Welch and Simon L Parsons
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:3
  16. Major surgical procedures facilitate systemic endotoxinemia and formation of free radicals with subsequent inflammatory changes that can influence the postoperative course. Experimental data suggest that preop...

    Authors: Peter Schemmer, Arash Nickkholgh, Heinz Schneider, Michael Sobirey, Markus Weigand, Moritz Koch, Jürgen Weitz and Markus W Büchler
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:2
  17. Preoperative radiotherapy of the pelvic abdomen presents with complications mostly affecting the small bowel. The aim of this study was to define the features of early radiation-induced injury on small bowel.

    Authors: Andrea Polistena, Louis Banka Johnson, Salomé Ohiami-Masseron, Lena Wittgren, Sven Bäck, Charlotte Thornberg, Virgil Gadaleanu, Diya Adawi and Bengt Jeppsson
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:1
  18. Examining the quality of life (QOL) of patients before ICU admission will allow outcome variables to be compared and analyzed in relation to it. The objective of this study was to analyze QOL of patients befor...

    Authors: Fernando J Abelha, Cristina C Santos and Henrique Barros
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:23
  19. Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most frequently performed procedures in Switzerland (15'000/year). The most common complication postoperatively is development of chronic pain in up to 30% of all patients ...

    Authors: Philipp Honigmann, Henning Fischer, Anita Kurmann, Laurent Audigé, Guido Schüpfer and Jürg Metzger
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:22
  20. Dissection of the lymphatic structures in the neck is an integral part of the management of many head and neck cancers.

    Authors: Tahwinder Upile, Waseem Jerjes, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Sandeep Singh, Peter Clarke, Peter Rhys-Evans, Colin Hopper, David Howard, Anthony Wright, Holger Sudhoff, Cyril Fisher and Ann Sandison
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:21
  21. Nasal bleeding remains one of the most common Head & Neck Surgical (Ear Nose and Throat [ENT]/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery [OMFS]) emergencies resulting in hospital admission. In the majority of cases, no othe...

    Authors: Tahwinder Upile, Waseem Jerjes, Fabian Sipaul, Mohammed El Maaytah, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Sandeep Singh, Colin Hopper and Anthony Wright
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:19
  22. Liver transplantation in presence of diffuse portal vein thrombosis is possible by using caval blood as portal inflow, through cavo-portal transposition. However, clinical results are heterogeneous and experim...

    Authors: Stefano Di Domenico, Giulio Bovio, Maximiliano Gelli, Ferruccio Ravazzoni, Enzo Andorno, Damiano Cottalasso and Umberto Valente
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:18
  23. Diverticulosis is a common disease in the western society with an incidence of 33–66%. 10–25% of these patients will develop diverticulitis. In order to prevent a high-risk acute operation it is advised to per...

    Authors: Bastiaan R Klarenbeek, Alexander AFA Veenhof, Elly SM de Lange, Willem A Bemelman, Roberto Bergamaschi, Piet Heres, Antonio M Lacy, Wim T van den Broek, Donald L van der Peet and Miguel A Cuesta
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:16
  24. Intraoperative testing of colonic anastomoses is routine in assuring anastamotic integrity. We sought to determine the efficacy of the methylene blue enema (MBE) as an intraoperative test for anastomotic leaks.

    Authors: Stanton Smith, William McGeehin, Robert A Kozol and David Giles
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:15
  25. The formation of adhesions following abdominal surgery is a well known problem. In previous studies we demonstrated the efficacy and safety of intraperitoneally applied phospholipids in order to prevent adhesi...

    Authors: Nick Butz, Stefan A Müller, Karl-Heinz Treutner, Michail Anurov, Svetlana Titkova, Alexander P Oettinger and Volker Schumpelick
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:14
  26. Acute left-sided colonic obstruction is most often caused by malignancy and the surgical treatment is associated with a high mortality and morbidity rate. Moreover, these operated patients end up with a tempor...

    Authors: Jeanin E van Hooft, Willem A Bemelman, Ronald Breumelhof, Peter D Siersema, Philip M Kruyt, Klaas van der Linde, Roeland A Veenendaal, Marie-Louise Verhulst, Andreas W Marinelli, Josephus JGM Gerritsen, Anne-Marie van Berkel, Robin Timmer, Marina JAL Grubben, Pieter Scholten, Alfons AM Geraedts, Bas Oldenburg…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:12
  27. Epiploic appendagitis (EA) is a rare cause of focal abdominal pain in otherwise healthy patients with mild or absent secondary signs of abdominal pathology. It can mimick diverticulitis or appendicitis on clin...

    Authors: Michael Sand, Marcos Gelos, Falk G Bechara, Daniel Sand, Till H Wiese, Lars Steinstraesser and Benno Mann
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:11
  28. Isolated hepatobiliary or pancreatic tuberculosis (TB) is rare and preoperative diagnosis is difficult. We reviewed our experience over a period two decades with this rare site of abdominal tuberculosis.

    Authors: Sundeep S Saluja, Sukanta Ray, Sujoy Pal, Manu Kukeraja, Deep N Srivastava, Peush Sahni and Tushar K Chattopadhyay
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:10
  29. Several modifications have been introduced to laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). The three-port technique has been practiced on a limited scale. Our aim was to compare the three-port and four-port LC in acute ...

    Authors: Dhafir Al-Azawi, Nariman Houssein, Abu Bakir Rayis, Donal McMahon and Dermot J Hehir
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:8
  30. Mirizzi syndrome is a rare complication of prolonged cholelithiasis with presence of large, impacted gallstone into the Hartman's pouch, causing chronic extrinsic compression of common bile duct (CBD). Fistula...

    Authors: George Chatzoulis, Andreas Kaltsas, Lazaros Danilidis, John Dimitriou and Ioannis Pachiadakis
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:6
  31. Surgery in patients with obstructive jaundice caused by a periampullary (pancreas, papilla, distal bile duct) tumor is associated with a higher risk of postoperative complications than in non-jaundiced patient...

    Authors: Niels A van der Gaag, Steve MM de Castro, Erik AJ Rauws, Marco J Bruno, Casper HJ van Eijck, Ernst J Kuipers, Josephus JGM Gerritsen, Jan-Paul Rutten, Jan Willem Greve, Erik J Hesselink, Jean HG Klinkenbijl, Inne HM Borel Rinkes, Djamila Boerma, Bert A Bonsing, Cees J van Laarhoven, Frank JGM Kubben…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:3
  32. Early surgical results of anterior sphincter repair for faecal incontinence can be good, but in the longer term are often disappointing. This study aimed to determine the short and long term outcomes from ante...

    Authors: Benjamin R Grey, Rowena R Sheldon, Karen J Telford and Edward S Kiff
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:1
  33. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is now considered the first option for gallbladder surgery. However, 20% to 30% of cholecystectomies are completed as open operations often on elderly and fragile patients. The ext...

    Authors: Axel Ros, Per Carlsson, Mikael Rahmqvist, Karin Bäckman and Erik Nilsson
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2006 6:17
  34. Recent developments in large bowel surgery are the introduction of laparoscopic surgery and the implementation of multimodal fast track recovery programs. Both focus on a faster recovery and shorter hospital s...

    Authors: Jan Wind, Jan Hofland, Benedikt Preckel, Markus W Hollmann, Patrick MM Bossuyt, Dirk J Gouma, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Jan Willem Fuhring, Cornelis HC Dejong, Ronald M van Dam, Miguel A Cuesta, Astrid Noordhuis, Dick de Jong, Edith van Zalingen, Alexander F Engel, T Hauwy Goei…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2006 6:16
  35. Acute appendicitis (AA) is a common surgical problem that is associated with an acute-phase reaction. Previous studies have shown that cytokines and acute-phase proteins are activated and may serve as indicato...

    Authors: Ulrich Sack, Birgit Biereder, Tino Elouahidi, Katrin Bauer, Thomas Keller and Ralf-Bodo Tröbs
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2006 6:15
  36. A laryngocele is usually a cystic dilatation of the laryngeal saccule. The etiology behind its occurrence is still unclear, but congenital and acquired factors have been implicated in its development.

    Authors: Tahwinder Upile, Waseem Jerjes, Fabian Sipaul, Mohammed El Maaytah, Sandeep Singh, David Howard, Colin Hopper and Anthony Wright
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2006 6:14
  37. Restorative proctocolectomy is increasingly being performed minimal invasively but a totally laparoscopic technique has not yet been compared to the standard open technique in a randomized study.

    Authors: Dalibor Antolovic, Peter Kienle, Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Jan Schmidt, Carsten N Gutt, Jürgen Weitz, Moritz Koch, Markus W Büchler and Christoph M Seiler
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2006 6:13

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