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  1. The cancellation of planned surgery harms patients, increases waiting times and wastes scarce health resources. Previous studies have evaluated interventions to reduce cancellations from medical and management...

    Authors: Einar Hovlid, Christian von Plessen, Kjell Haug, Aslak Bjarne Aslaksen and Oddbjørn Bukve
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:30
  2. Accurate and timely identification of patients in need of a relaparotomy is challenging since there are no readily available strongholds. The aim of this study is to develop a prediction model to aid the decis...

    Authors: Jordy JS Kiewiet, Oddeke van Ruler, Marja A Boermeester and Johannes B Reitsma
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:28
  3. Selective approach for sending cholecystectomy specimens for histopathology results in missing discrete pathologies such as premalignant benign lesions such as porcelain gallbladder, carcinoma-in-situ, and ear...

    Authors: Faisal G Siddiqui, Ahmer A Memon, Arshad H Abro, Nazeer A Sasoli and Lubna Ahmad
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:26
  4. The Belsey Mark IV operation has been used for the management of hiatal hernia for over 40 years, but with the introduction of laparoscopic techniques its role has become questionable. To determine the current...

    Authors: Charalampos Markakis, Periklis Tomos, Eleftherios D Spartalis, Pavlos Lampropoulos, Leonidas Grigorakos, Dimitrios Dimitroulis, Elias Lachanas and E Andreas Agathos
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:24
  5. Different methods of pancreatic stump closure after distal pancreatectomy (DP) have been described to decrease the incidence of pancreatic fistula (PF) which still represents one of the most common complicatio...

    Authors: Roberto L Meniconi, Roberto Caronna, Dario Borreca, Monica Schiratti and Piero Chirletti
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:23
  6. In patients with cirrhosis, the synthesis of coagulation factors can fall short, reflected by a prolonged prothrombin time. Although anticoagulants factors are decreased as well, blood loss during orthotopic l...

    Authors: Freeha Arshad, Brigitte Ickx, Rachel T van Beem, Wojciech Polak, Frank Grüne, Frederik Nevens, Minna Ilmakunnas, Anna-Maria Koivusalo, Helena Isoniemi, Paul FW Strengers, Henk Groen, Herman GD Hendriks, Ton Lisman, Jacques Pirenne and Robert J Porte
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:22
  7. Peripheral nerve (PN) transplantation and ventral root implantation are the two common types of recovery operations to restore the connection between motoneurons and their target muscles after brachial plexus ...

    Authors: Huanxing Su, Qiuju Yuan, Dajiang Qin, Xiaoying Yang, Wai-Man Wong, Kwok-Fai So and Wutian Wu
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:21
  8. The National Screening Program for colorectal cancer is scheduled to commence in the near future. Previous studies on the topic of colorectal cancer and screening have highlighted paucity in public awareness o...

    Authors: Terri P McVeigh, Aoife J Lowery, Ronan M Waldron, Akhtar Mahmood and Kevin Barry
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:20
  9. Annually approximately 100.000 patients undergo a laparotomy in the Netherlands. About 15,000 of these patients will develop an incisional hernia. Both open and laparoscopic surgical repair have been proven to...

    Authors: Marijn Poelman, Jan Apers, Han van den Brand, Huib Cense, Esther Consten, Jort Deelder, Boudewijn Dwars, Nanette van Geloven, Elly de Lange, Johan Lange, Rogier Simmermacher, Maarten Simons, Eric Sonneveld, Hermien Schreurs and Jaap Bonjer
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:18
  10. During recent years laparoscopic cholecystectomy has dramatically increased, sometimes resulting in overtreatment. Aim of this work was to retrospectively analyze all laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed i...

    Authors: Elia Pulvirenti, Adriana Toro, Michel Gagner, Maurizio Mannino and Isidoro Di Carlo
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:17
  11. Cystatin SN is a secreted protein and a cysteine proteinase inhibitor. It has been considered to be a tumor marker for gastrointestinal tract cancer in several functional researches. However, the clinicopathol...

    Authors: You-Fang Chen, Gang Ma, Xun Cao, Rong-Zhen Luo, Li-Ru He, Jie-Hua He, Zhi-Liang Huang, Mu-Sheng Zeng and Zhe-Sheng Wen
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:15
  12. Previous meta-analyses have had conflicting conclusions regarding the differences between laparoscopic and open techniques in patients with Crohn’s Disease. The objective of this meta-analysis was to compare o...

    Authors: Sunil V Patel, Sanjay VB Patel, Sreeram V Ramagopalan and Michael C Ott
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:14
  13. Metastasis in the axillary lymph nodes is the most important known prognostic factor for breast cancer. We aimed to investigate the contribution of the radioisotope tracer method to the dye-only method by perf...

    Authors: Mehmet Eser, Metin Kement, Levent Kaptanoglu, Melin Gecer, Evrim Abamor, Firat Tutal, Salim Balin, Necmi Kurt and Huseyin Uzun
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:13
  14. Surgery remains the only curative option for the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). The goal of this study was to investigate the clinical outcome and prognostic factors in patients after resection...

    Authors: Marius Distler, Felix Rückert, Maximilian Hunger, Stephan Kersting, Christian Pilarsky, Hans-Detlev Saeger and Robert Grützmann
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:12
  15. Chondral defects of the articular surface are a common condition that can lead to osteoarthritis if not treated. Therapy of this condition is a topic of constant debate and a variety of chondral repair strateg...

    Authors: Karl F Schüettler, Johannes Struewer, Marga B Rominger, Peter Rexin and Turgay Efe
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:11
  16. Cavernous transformation of the portal vein (CTPV) is a rare vascular deformity. It is thought to be secondary to extra-hepatic portal vein obstruction, with formation of serpiginous collateral vessels around ...

    Authors: Takuro Shirasu, Yoneei Kawaguchi, Junichiro Tanaka, Yoshiro Kubota and Toshiaki Watanabe
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:10
  17. Non-cancerous diseases of the breast have assumed increasing importance because of the public awareness of breast cancer. These benign diseases are a recognized important risk factor for later breast cancer wh...

    Authors: Christopher Okoth, Moses Galukande, Josephat Jombwe and Dan Wamala
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:9
  18. European Healthcare Systems are facing a difficult period characterized by increasing costs and spending cuts due to economic problems. There is the urgent need for new tools which sustain Hospitals decision m...

    Authors: Vanni Agnoletti, Matteo Buccioli, Emanuele Padovani, Ruggero M Corso, Peter Perger, Emanuele Piraccini, Rebecca Levy Orelli, Stefano Maitan, Davide Dell’Amore, Domenico Garcea, Claudio Vicini, Teresa Maria Montella and Giorgio Gambale
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:7
  19. Chronic subdural hematomas (CSDHs) are common in neurosurgical practice. There are no publications that report large series of the epidemiological characteristics of this pathology in Brazil. The purpose is to...

    Authors: Emerson B Sousa, Laise FS Brandão, Cléciton B Tavares, Igor BC Borges, Nelson G Freire Neto and Iruena M Kessler
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:5
  20. Surgery plays a key role in HIV palliative care, specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV related and non-related conditions. Yet major surgery depresses the immune system. Whereas the surgical conse...

    Authors: Gabriel Okumu, Patson Makobore, Sam Kaggwa, Andrew Kambugu and Moses Galukande
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:4
  21. Although the standard treatment of acute appendicitis (AA) consists of an early appendectomy, there has recently been both an interest and an increase in the use of antibiotic therapy as the primary treatment ...

    Authors: Hannu Paajanen, Juha M Grönroos, Tero Rautio, Pia Nordström, Markku Aarnio, Tuomo Rantanen, Saija Hurme, Kirsti Dean, Airi Jartti, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Juhani Sand and Paulina Salminen
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:3
  22. Early accurate assessment of burn depth is important to determine the optimal treatment of burns. The method most used to determine burn depth is clinical assessment, which is the least expensive, but not the ...

    Authors: M Jenda Hop, Jakob Hiddingh, Carlijn M Stekelenburg, Hedwig C Kuipers, Esther Middelkoop, Marianne K Nieuwenhuis, Suzanne Polinder and Margriet E van Baar
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:2
  23. Liver graft dysfunction can deteriorate to complete organ failure and increases perioperative morbidity and mortality after liver transplantation. Therapeutic strategies reducing the rate of graft dysfunction ...

    Authors: Erik Bärthel, Falk Rauchfuß, Heike Hoyer, Maria Breternitz, Karin Jandt and Utz Settmacher
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2013 13:1
  24. Fournier’s gangrene is a bacterial infection characterized by necrotizing fasciitis, skin and soft tissue involvement, and eventually myositis of the perineal region. Aggressive debridement of devitalized tiss...

    Authors: Oanna Meyer Ganz, Raphaël Gumener, Pascal Gervaz, Julien Schwartz and Brigitte Pittet-Cuénod
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:26
  25. Seroma formation is the most common complication after breast cancer surgery. It is an important complication since it prolongs therapy duration, increases cost, and negatively affects patient psychology. Curr...

    Authors: Mehmet Eser, Fırat Tutal, Metin Kement, Selcuk Goktas, Levent Kaptanoglu, Mehmet Gökceimam, Melin Ozgun Gecer and Huseyin Uzun
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:25
  26. The sitting position during neurosurgical operations predisposes to air penetration through veins and the movement of the air through the pulmonary circulation. Contact of an air bubble with the endothelium ca...

    Authors: Izabela Duda, Konstancja Grzybowska, Halina Jędrzejowska-Szypułka and Joanna Lewin-Kowalik
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12:24
  27. To remark the feasibility of endovascular treatment of an aorto-caval fistula in a old high risk patient with “hostile” abdomen for previous surgeries.

    Authors: Antonio Rapacciuolo, Maria Carmen De Angelis, Elisa di Pietro, Roberto Puglia, Ettore Di Tommaso, Danilo Ruggiero, Bruno Amato and Gabriele Iannelli
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S32

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

  28. Restorative proctocolectomy with ileopouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) is the treatment of choice for intractable or complicated ulcerative colitis(UC). Elderly patients often present with acute colitis requiring ...

    Authors: Gianluca Pellino, Guido Sciaudone, Giuseppe Candilio, Silvestro Canonico and Francesco Selvaggi
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S31

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

  29. Anemia is the most common hematologic abnormality in older populations. Furthermore, iron deficiency anemia is common and merits investigation and treatment, as it usually results from chronic occult bleeding ...

    Authors: G Orlando, IM Luppino, MA Lerose, R Gervasi, B Amato, G Silecchia and A Puzziello
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S30

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

  30. Jejunal diverticulosis is an uncommon disease and usually asymptomatic. It can be complicated not only by diverticulitis, but by hemorrhage, perforation, intussusception, volvulus, malabsorption and even small...

    Authors: G Orlando, IM Luppino, R Gervasi, MA Lerose, B Amato, R Spagnuolo, R Marasco, P Doldo and A Puzziello
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S29

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

  31. A 71 years old Italian man had type 3 gastric cancer of the greater curvature. Total gastrectomy with splenectomy and D2 lymph node dissection were performed. After discharge chemotherapy ELF regimen was admin...

    Authors: Bruno Martella, Fabrizio Cardin, Renata Lorenzetti, Claudio Terranova, Bruno Amato and Carmelo Militello
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S28

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

  32. Aortic pathology progression and/or procedure related complications following endovascular repair should always be considered mostly in older patients. We herein describe a hybrid procedure for treatment of ra...

    Authors: Vito Mannacio, Michele Mottola, Danilo Ruggiero, Andrea D’Alessio, Giuseppina Gabriella Surace, Ettorino Di Tommaso, Bruno Amato and Gabriele Iannelli
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S26

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

  33. Over the past years laser technology has played a predominant role in prostate surgery, for the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). Various laser devices have been introduced in clinical practice, ...

    Authors: Fabrizio Iacono, Domenico Prezioso, Giovanni Di Lauro, Giuseppe Romeo, Antonio Ruffo, Ester Illiano and Bruno Amato
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S21

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

  34. In the last years significant attention has been paid in identifying markers of subclinical atherosclerosis or of increased cardiovascular risk.

    Authors: Giuseppe Giugliano, Anna Sannino, Linda Brevetti, Cinzia Perrino, Gabriele Giacomo Schiattarella, Anna Franzone, Federica Serino, Marco Ferrone, Fernando Scudiero, Andreina Carbone, Michele De Paulis, Raffaele Izzo, Bruno Amato, Bruno Trimarco and Giovanni Esposito
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S18

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

  35. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a frequent cause of death among elderly. Patients affected by lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (LE-PAD) seem to be particularly at high risk for AAA. We aimed this...

    Authors: Giuseppe Giugliano, Eugenio Laurenzano, Carlo Rengo, Giovanna De Rosa, Linda Brevetti, Anna Sannino, Cinzia Perrino, Lorenzo Chiariotti, Gabriele Giacomo Schiattarella, Federica Serino, Marco Ferrone, Fernando Scudiero, Andreina Carbone, Antonio Sorropago, Bruno Amato, Bruno Trimarco…
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S17

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

  36. Thyroid disease is common in the elderly population. The incidence of hypothyroidism and multinodular goitre gradually increases with age. In view of a growth of aging population, we performed a literature rev...

    Authors: Rita Gervasi, Giulio Orlando, Maria Antonietta Lerose, Bruno Amato, Giovanni Docimo, Pio Zeppa and Alessandro Puzziello
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S16

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

  37. Lower extremity artery disease (LE-PAD) is one of the most common manifestations of atherosclerosis, particularly in elderly patients, and it is related to a high cardiovascular risk.

    Authors: Giuseppe Gargiulo, Giuseppe Giugliano, Linda Brevetti, Anna Sannino, Gabriele Giacomo Schiattarella, Federica Serino, Andreina Carbone, Fernando Scudiero, Marco Ferrone, Roberto Corrado, Raffaele Izzo, Lorenzo Chiariotti, Cinzia Perrino, Bruno Amato, Bruno Trimarco and Giovanni Esposito
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S15

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  38. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women .The 5-year survival rate for this tumour is nowadays 85%, and the 61% of these women are still alive at 15 years. When depression symptoms ...

    Authors: Paola Frazzetto, Marco Vacante, Michele Malaguarnera, Ernesto Vinci, Francesca Catalano, Emanuela Cataudella, Filippo Drago, Giulia Malaguarnera, Francesco Basile and Antonio Biondi
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S14

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  39. During the past three decades, the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States has tripled. The neuroendocrine character has been observed in some tumor cells within some hepatocellular carcinom...

    Authors: Antonio Biondi, Giulia Malaguarnera, Marco Vacante, Massimiliano Berretta, Velia D’Agata, Michele Malaguarnera, Francesco Basile, Filippo Drago and Gaetano Bertino
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S7

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  40. The management of cutaneous metastases often represents a challenge because they may be widespread and may recur after radiotherapy or chemotherapy; breast cancer accounts for 51% of the total cases of cutaneo...

    Authors: Raffaella Benevento, Antonio Santoriello, Giuseppe Perna and Silvestro Canonico
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S6

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  41. Diverticular Disease (DD) is a common condition in Italy and in other western countries. There is not much data concerning DD’s impact on budget and activity in hospitals.

    Authors: Giovanni Aprea, Antonio Giugliano, Alfonso Canfora, Fabrizio Cardin, Antonio Ferronetti, Francesco Guida, Antonio Braun, Melania Battaglini Ciciriello, Federica Tovecci, Giovanni Mastrobuoni and Bruno Amato
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S3

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  42. The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and the safety of hernioplasty under local anaesthesia in elderly patients with significant comorbidity.

    Authors: Bruno Amato, Rita Compagna, Gianni Antonio Della Corte, Giovanni Martino, Tommaso Bianco, Guido Coretti, Roberto Rossi, Francesca Fappiano, Giovanni Aprea and Alessandro Puzziello
    Citation: BMC Surgery 2012 12(Suppl 1):S2

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