[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is one of several weight loss procedures in the bariatric surgeon's armamentarium to treat morbid obesity. Laparoscopic gastric banding has the lowest perioperative risk compared to laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch (Buchwald et al., JAMA 292:1724-1737, 2004). The adjustable gastric band results in approximately 50% excess weight loss at 5 years (O'Brien and Dixon,J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 13:265-270, 2003). In the long-term, reoperation rates can be high with the percentage of reoperations varying enormously in reported studies from 2% to 80% (Schouten et al., Surg Obes Relat Dis 7:99-109, 2011), although with changes in technique, reoperation rates after gastric banding have decreased (O'Brien et al., Obes Surg 15:820-826, 2005). Aftercare is critical to the success of the banded patient, in terms of adjusting the band as well as monitoring the patient's symptoms (Weichman et al., Surg Endosc 25:397-403, 2011). Several studies have shown that patients who are seen more than six to seven times in the first postoperative year have better weight loss.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: AAST-OIS grade V complex hepatic injuries are often fatal as a result of exsanguination. We report a patient presenting in extremis with a penetrating injury to the right kidney, liver, middle hepatic vein, diaphragm, and lung. A combination of intrahepatic balloon tamponade and hepatic venous stenting was used to control exsanguinating haemorrhage, the first time this combination has been reported. Rapid assessment and treatment and a team approach, together with the innovative application of haemostatic techniques, allowed a multidisciplinary team to salvage this patient.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Von Hippel-Lindau disease is an inherited syndrome predisposing to a variety of benign and malignant neoplasms of the central nervous system and viscera that requires comprehensive screening and follow-up of individuals and their families. As such, it is important for the neurosurgeon to be aware of its clinical features and management issues. In this article we review the clinical aspects, management and surveillance of von Hippel-Lindau disease for neurosurgical practice.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 02/2011; 18(2):171-80. · 1.25 Impact Factor