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The supply of physicians in the United States is affected by a variety of complex factors. Given the current abundance, if not oversupply, of physicians and the dramatic changes under way in the US health care delivery system, policy makers have renewed efforts to implement strategies that will...
Background: The purpose of this retrospective patient/control patient study was to determine perioperative risk and long-term benefits of carotid endarterectomy contralateral to an occluded internal carotid artery. Methods: Thirty-seven patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy contralateral to...
Background: Intraoperative parathyroid gland (PTG) identification by selective staining using methylene blue dye (MB) infusion has been shown effective but the degree of gland staining is inconsistent. Methods: The effect of timing and rate of MB infusion on gland uptake was investigated in a...
Background: The objective of this study was to compare the alterations in pancreatic function after pancreatoduodenectomy between malignant and benign diseases. Methods: In 34 patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for pariampullary cancer (malignant group; n = 18) and benign pancreatic...
Background: Most methods used to critically evaluate young surgeons for advancement or certification in surgery require oral communication skills, eg, case and research presentations, rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences, interviews, journal clubs and oral examinations. The irony, though,...
Background: Morbidity is today’s concern in thyroid surgery. The purpose of this paper was to quantify risk factors’ contribution to morbidity rates. Methods: During 50 months, 1,163 patients undergoing 1,192 thyroidectomies at one hospital were reviewed at follow-up of 8 to 58 months....
Background: Postoperative separation of the peritoneal surfaces is a promising approach for the prevention of adhesion formation. Instillation of polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG) was recommended as an appropriate method. Methods: In a time-course study in rats, efficacy and mode of action of PEG...
Background: The use of prosthetic biomaterials for the primary repair of inguinal hernias is now commonplace. Late-onset deep-seated prosthetic infection can be an unexpected complication. Methods: The literature from a Medline search relating to the biology of mesh in the setting of hernia...
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