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Objective: Our questionnaire study set out to assess the prevalence of chronic pain after thoracic surgery, the contribution of the neuropathic component of chronic pain and the impact of chronic pain on patients’ lives. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 1152 patients who had undergone...
Objective: To prospectively assess the impact of intrapleural intercostal nerve block (IINB) associated with mini-thoracotomy on postoperative pain and surgical outcome after major lung resections. Methods: Between January 2004 and February 2005, we randomly assigned 120 consecutive patients...
Objective: To assess the impact of epiaortic scanning on the incidence of perioperative stroke in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Methods: Patients consecutively enrolled in our surgical database between January 2000 and August 2004 were subdivided into three groups depending on the planned...
Objective: Pulmonary sequestration is a rare congenital malformation and may be the cause of recurrent infections or hemoptysis. It has been shown in case reports that resection by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is feasible despite the possible technical difficulties due to inflammatory...
Background: Mitral valve replacement (MVR) is occasionally indicated in infants and young children, necessitating the use of small prostheses. The performance of these small valves during somatic growth of the patient can lead to patient-prosthesis mismatch. This study examines performance of...
Appropriate length adjustment of neo-chordae using PTFE sutures for mitral valve repair in degenerative valve disease has a crucial impact on both early and late outcomes of the repair. Herein we describe an adjuvant approach to facilitate the length adjustment.
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