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  • Original Article

    The role of delayed laparoscopic suction for intra-abdominal collection or abscess post appendectomy in paediatric patients: case series and review of literature

    Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz , Surita Said , Marjmin Osman , Felicia Lim , Mahmud Mohd Nor , Faizah Mohd Zaki , Zarina Abdul Latiff
    Aim: Intra-abdominal collection or abscess (IAA) is a dreaded complication post open or laparoscopic appendectomy for perforated appendicitis. There have been many discussions on the role of laparoscopic irrigation during laparoscopic appendectomy for perforated appendix but not its role for patients who subsequently developed IAA post-surgery. Methods: All patients who developed clinical symptoms and radiological evidence of IAA of more than 5 cm × 5 cm post appendectomy from January 2014 to May 2016 were subjected to delayed laparoscopic suction (DLS) of the IAA. Days to resolution of... Read more
    Published on: 14 Sep 2017  | Viewed:316  | Downloaded:7
  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Establishment of the Japanese training system for percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy: from the stand point of neurosurgery

    Junichi Mizuno
    Published on: 31 Aug 2017  | Viewed:151  | Downloaded:20
  • Original Article

    Laparoscopic skills training of surgical residents: a comparison of two proficiency-based independent approaches

    Charles F. Bellows , Alison A. Smith
    Aim: Current financial and work hour constraints make proctored on-site laparoscopic simulation training challenging. An independent learning approach utilizing proficiency-based training is a potential solution. The purpose of this study was to determine if an independent approach using a portable, laparoscopic training device within one’s home environment could effectively train novices in laparoscopic procedural skills. Methods: After baseline testing, laparoscopic novices (n = 16) were randomized to one of two study groups. The on-site group (n = 7) received unlimited access to the... Read more
    Published on: 31 Aug 2017  | Viewed:245  | Downloaded:19
  • Topic: Achalasia Management: the South American viewpoint

    Achalasia management: the South American viewpoint

    Fernando A.M. Herbella , Leonardo M. Del Grande
    This seminar reflects the lessons learned by different Brazilian centers highly experienced in the treatment of Chagas disease esophagopathy. Different treatment options are discussed in the light of personal experiences emphasizing aspects not frequently adopted by North American and European surgeons Read more
    Published on: 16 Aug 2017  | Viewed:247  | Downloaded:13
  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Posterolateral percutaneous endoscopic discectomy with free-running electromyography monitoring under general anesthesia

    Yoshihiro Kitahama , Genichiro Matsui , Manabu Minami , Taigo Kawaoka , Kimimichi Otome , Masato Nakamura
    Aim: Posterolateral percutaneous endoscopic discectomy (PLPED) is commonly performed under local anesthesia, but patients and surgeons are concerned about intraoperative uncontrolled pain. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety of the PLPED under general anesthesia with free-running electromyography (EMG) monitoring. Methods: The clinical outcomes of consecutive 48 cases of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) were evaluated by numeric rating scale (NRS) score and MacNab’s criteria. Hospital stay and time to ambulation and return to work were also assessed. Results: NRS score for the... Read more
    Published on: 11 Aug 2017  | Viewed:432  | Downloaded:50
  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Anatomical relationship between Kambin’s triangle and exiting nerve root

    Masataka Sakane
    Published on: 11 Aug 2017  | Viewed:538  | Downloaded:55
  • Editorial

    The influence of total bowel length on gastric bypass outcomes

    Vincent Quan , Fergus Paul MacDonald Cooper , Mohamed Bekheit
    Published on: 11 Jul 2017  | Viewed:409  | Downloaded:32
  • Original Article

    Mini-invasive distal pancreatectomy: a feasible and cost-effective technique

    Stefano Maria Massimiliano Basso , Federica Maffeis , Franco Lumachi , Alessandro Patanè , Michele Ciocca Vasino , Paolo Ubiali
    Aim: Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that has been widely applied only in the past decade. The purpose of this study was to evaluate its safety and assess whether laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) is cost-effective compared with open distal pancreatectomy (ODP). Methods: The medical records of patients treated for left-sided pancreatic lesions were retrospectively analysed, and the analysis of costs for hospital stay, operative time, and equipment were analysed. Twelve patients underwent LDP, while 12 patients underwent ODP. Results: The two groups... Read more
    Published on: 30 Jun 2017  | Viewed:299  | Downloaded:14
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