J M Sackier

The Washington Institute, Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

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  • M Kalan · J. M. Sackier

    No preview · Article · Mar 2000 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: Intracranial pressure (ICP) is known to rise during induced CO(2) pneumoperitoneum. This rise correlates with an increase in inferior vena caval pressure; therefore, it is probably associated with increased pressure in the lumbar venous plexus. Branches of this plexus communicate with arachnoid villi in the lumbar cistern and the dural sleeves of spinal nerve roots-areas where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) absorption to normally takes place. The increased venous pressure in this area may impede CSF absorption. Because CSF is produced at a constant rate, decreased absorption will increase ICP. We hypothesized that increased ICP occurring during abdominal insufflation is due, at least in part, to decreased absorption of CSF. The purpose of this study is to show that CSF absorption is inhibited during abdominal insufflation. After appropriate approval was obtained, 16 domestic swine were anesthetized and injected into the CSF with 100 microcuries (microCu) of I(131) radioactive iodinated human serum albumin (RISA) in 2 ml of normal saline. Eight subjects underwent CO(2) abdominal insufflation to 15 mmHg and were maintained for 4 h. A control group did not undergo insufflation. Blood levels of RISA were measured over a 4-h period to determine the rate of CSF absorption. Blood levels of RISA increased at a slower rate in the subjects undergoing abdominal insufflation than in the control group. The mean change over 2 h in the insufflated group was 15% compared to 34% in the control group (p = 0.02). This difference indicates decreased absorption of CSF in the insufflated group. These results demonstrate decreased absorption of CSF during abdominal insufflation and support the hypothesis that the increase in ICP pressure occurring during abdominal insufflation is caused, at least in part, by decreased absorption of CSF in the region of the lumbar cistern and the dural sleeves of spinal nerve roots.
    No preview · Article · Sep 1999 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: Minimally invasive approaches have changed the practice of surgery in several specialties. The purpose of this study was to develop a reproducible endoscopic technique for the evaluation of the axilla in breast cancer patients. A total of 23 patients with biopsy-proven breast carcinoma were enrolled. Patients were positioned in the supine position with the ipsilateral arm abducted at 90 degrees. A 1-cm skin incision was made at the superior aspect of the axilla. Dissection was carried bluntly to the lateral border of the pectoralis major. A balloon distention device was inserted into the tract and distended under endoscopic vision to create a working space. Insufflation was initiated up to a pressure of 8 mmHg. A 30 degrees laparoscope was introduced for visualization of axillary contents. One or two additional 5-mm cannulas were placed as needed under direct visualization. Manipulation of axillary contents was performed, and in 19 patients a sentinel node identification technique was applied. In all patients, using insufflation and minimal instrument dissection, the axillary vein, long thoracic, and thoracodorsal nerves were found in their usual anatomical locations. Utilizing blunt and sharp dissection, the axilla was thoroughly inspected, and individual lymph nodes were easily identified and extracted. In 11 of 19 patients, a sentinel node or blue dye was identified using isosulfan blue. There was a procedure concordance of 84%, and there were no complications. We describe a novel endoscopic technique for the evaluation of the axilla in breast cancer patients. This technique allows (a) creation of a minimally invasive working space within the axilla, (b) recognition of key axillary anatomic landmarks, and (c) instrument manipulation within the axilla to identify and extract lymph nodes, and apply the sentinel node technique. This is the first report of a minimally invasive approach to axillary exploration to employ sentinel lymph node mapping.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1999 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: The laparoscopic approach to hernia repair has been advocated by many as a potentially superior method of herniorraphy. Several techniques have been described, each with its own proposed advantages. These techniques involve different anatomic approaches, the most recent of which is the totally extraperitoneal approach (TEPA). One presumed advantage of the extraperitoneal approach is the avoidance of adhesion formation because the peritoneum is not entered and mesh is not placed in direct contact with intra-abdominal structures. We hypothesize, however, that when the peritoneum is dissected from the abdominal wall, it is partially devascularized, leading to scar formation and potential adhesion formation. This would suggest that the TEPA method of herniorraphy may not completely avoid the risks of intra-abdominal adhesion formation. After appropriate approval was obtained, 88 male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into two equal groups. One group underwent laparotomy followed by careful blunt dissection of the peritoneum from the left abdominal wall. The control group underwent laparotomy without manipulation of the peritoneum. All animals were re-explored 14 days later, and the abdominal cavity was examined for adhesions. The type and location of any adhesion was recorded. Adhesion formation occurred in 10 of 44 (23%) subjects in the peritoneal dissection group, compared with 3 of 44 (7%) in the nondissection group (p < 0.05). Dissection of the peritoneum from the overlying abdominal wall in the murine model leads to intra-abdominal adhesion formation. This suggests that peritoneal dissection in the TEPA method of herniorraphy may lead to intra-abdominal adhesion formation.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1999 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • M Kalan · S. M. Garber · J. M. Sackier

    No preview · Article · Dec 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • S M Frankel · R L Fitzgerald · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether filters, regularly used as part of the insufflator tubing during laparoscopic surgery, trap microbial and particulate matter from CO2 tanks, thus preventing passage from one patient to another. A total of 67 used filters were collected from 17 CO2 tanks and six insufflation machines at three local hospitals, and sterile unused filters were used as controls. The used filters were distributed equally and sequentially into three groups: Group I-viewed under a dissecting microscope for particulate matter; group II-examined by mass spectrometry for contamination with oils and other impurities; group III-incubated on sheep blood agar plates and evaluated for growth of microorganisms. Negative. Used filters were indistinguishable by all parameters from controls. This limited study suggests filters now used in laparoscopic surgery fail to trap microbes or particulate matter. The question remains whether tank waste is absent or these filters fail to trap waste matter.
    No preview · Article · Oct 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • J M Sackier

    No preview · Article · Oct 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • J. M. Sackier

    No preview · Article · Oct 1998 · Journal of Hospital Infection
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    JY Chung · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we explored a quick and inexpensive method to evaluate the improvement in laparoscopic skills gained by residents after attending a formal training course in laparoscopy. Surgical residents attending an endoscopic workshop were randomly selected to perform tasks in a training simulator. Each was evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively before and after the workshop. A control group of six residents who did not attend the workshop were selected to perform the same tasks twice in succession. The total mean time improvement for all tasks in the study group was 34.3% and in the control group 7.3% (p = 0.0001). When the data was separated for each task, statistically significant improvement was demonstrated in five of the six tasks. Residents who attend a formal workshop in endoscopy can gain significant improvement in skills. The methods described in this study can be used to quantitatively measure this improvement throughout a resident's training.
    Preview · Article · Oct 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • F J Brody · J Hunt · J Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: With the common performance of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease, there is renewed interest in the pathophysiology and potential histologic consequences of hiatal hernias. However, in vivo model exists that both reliably reproduces the hiatal hernia and is amenable to subsequent laparoscopic repair. A transthoracic approach was used to induce a hiatal hernia surgically in female James pig (50-160 kg; n = 5). Hiatal hernias were successfully induced in all pigs and verified with barium swallow, endoscopy, and/or laparoscopy. Laparoscopic reduction and Nissen fundoplication were subsequently completed on each animal on postoperative day 30. One postoperative death occurred on postoperative day 4 after thoracotomy. We describe the induction of a hiatal hernia via a transthoracic approach in domestic swine. The hiatal hernia is amenable to subsequent laparoscopic repair, enabling surgeons to acquire the technical skills required to correct this defect in the laboratory. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a reproducible model of a transthoracically induced hiatal hernia that allows subsequent laparoscopic repair. We suggest that in addition to refinement of surgical skills, our model may provide new information to researchers regarding the potential indications for antireflux procedures, as well as the natural history and appropriate management of hiatal hernias.
    No preview · Article · Sep 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • M al-Ahmadi · S Brundage · F Brody · L Jacobs · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: The development of splenosis is a known consequence of splenic rupture. A case is presented of acute appendicitis in a patient with a past history of abdominal trauma who required laparotomy for unknown reasons. During appendicectomy a mass was found in the mesoappendix which proved to be evidence of splenosis.
    No preview · Article · Jul 1998 · Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
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    Christopher Newton · Lucien Nochomovitz · Jonathan M. Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: Granulomatous gastritis is a rarely observed pathological diagnosis. This condition often mimics gastric adenocarcinoma clinically, resulting in gastric resection. However, granulomatous gastritis has long been viewed as a benign process not observed in association with adenocarcinoma of the stomach. This article describes a patient with granulomatous gastritis occurring in close proximity to an area of superficially invading gastric adenocarcinoma. Acid-fast stains, fungal stains, standard cultures, tuberculosis cultures, and a VDRL serum test were all obtained. Both upper endoscopy and colonoscopy were performed. Chest radiographs were taken and pulmonary consultation was obtained. The gastric samples obtained from resection showed no evidence of foreign body reaction. The acid-fast stains, fungal stains, cultures, and VDRL were all negative. Endoscopic exams did not show granulomatous inflammation in any other part of the gastrointestinal tract. No pulmonary disease was evident on radiographic or pulmonary exam. Isolated granulomatous gastritis is a diagnosis of exclusion. The findings in this patient do not support a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, syphilis, histoplasmosis, berylliosis, or foreign-body reaction. This is a unique case suggesting an association between isolated granulomatous gastritis and metaplastic mucosal changes.
    Preview · Article · Jun 1998 · Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • S. M. Garber · J. M. Sackier · F Chae

    No preview · Article · Apr 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • A Halverson · R Buchanan · L Jacobs · V Shayani · T Hunt · C Riedel · J Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have documented an increase in intracranial pressure with abdominal insufflation, but the mechanism has not been explained. Nine 30-35-kg domestic pigs underwent carbon dioxide insufflation at 1.5 l/min. Intracranial pressure (ICP), lumbar spinal pressure (LP), central venous pressure (CVP), inferior vena cava pressure (IVCP), heart rate, systemic arterial blood pressure, pulmonary arterial pressure, cardiac output, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and end-tidal CO2 were continuously measured. Mechanical ventilation was used to maintain a constant pCO2. Measurements were recorded at 0, 5, 10, and 15 mmHg of abdominal pressure with animals in supine, Trendelenburg (T), and reverse Trendelenburg (RT) positions. Prior to recording measurements, the animals were allowed to stabilize for 40 min after each increase in abdominal pressure and for 20 min after each position change. The animals showed a significant increase in ICP (mmHg) with each 5-mmHg increase in abdominal pressure (0 mmHg: 14 +/- 1.7; 5 mmHg: 19.8 +/- 2.3, p < 0.001; 10 mmHg: 24.8 +/- 2.5, p < 0.001; 15 mmHg: 29.8 +/- 4.7, p < 0.01). The ICP at 15 mmHg abdominal pressure increased further in the T position (39 +/- 4, p < 0.01). Insufflating in the RT position did not significantly reduce the increase in ICP. The IVCP (mmHg) increased with increased abdominal pressure (0 mmHg: 11.5 +/- 6.2, 15 mmHg: 22.1 +/- 3.5, p < 0.01). This increase correlated with the increase in ICP and LP (r of mean pressures >/=0.95). There was no significant change in CVP. This study suggests that care may be needed with laparoscopy in patients at risk for increased ICP due to head injury or a space occupying lesion. The mechanism of increased ICP associated with insufflation is most likely impaired venous drainage of the lumbar venous plexus at increased intraabdominal pressure. Further studies of cerebral spinal fluid movement during insufflation are currently underway to confirm this hypothesis.
    No preview · Article · Mar 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • L K Jacobs · V Shayani · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: Operations on the common bile duct can result in severe long-term consequences. To prevent some of these complications, it is common practice to drain the biliary tree with a T-tube. The T-tube is usually removed 2 weeks after it was placed. There have been numerous reports of bile leak following T-tube removal in the literature. These leaks can result in bile ascites, biloma, or bile peritonitis. Control of bile leaks can be accomplished in a number of ways, including endoscopically or radiologically placed stents or drains and radiologic techniques to drain the fluid collections. We describe a novel technique that can be utilized at the time of T-tube removal that will allow immediate control of the bile leak and prevent the complications of bile accumulation within the peritoneal cavity. We have performed fluoroscopic removal of T-tubes on two patients and found no complications with the technique. We have successfully visualized the T-tube tract in both patients. The T-tube tract can be visualized at the time of T-tube removal in an effort to prevent the complications of tract disruption and subsequent bile leak.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1998 · Surgical Endoscopy
  • Jonathan M. Sackier · Chuck Wooters · Lisa Jacobs · Amy Halverson · Darrin Uecker · Yulun Wang

    No preview · Article · Nov 1997 · The American Journal of Surgery
  • Jose M. Martinez · Amy Halverson · David K. Magnuson · Jonathan M. Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: Differences in outcome and cost of laparoscopic and open surgery are continuously being evaluated. Two-year-old monozygotic twin boys with a previous history of prematurity, severe gastroesophageal reflux disease, and intractable reactive airway disease were each scheduled to undergo a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) on the same day. Current medications for both patients included albuterol, cromolyn sodium, dexamethasone, ranitidine, and metoclopramide. In the first case, the laparoscopic procedure was converted to an open Nissen fundoplication (ONF) to gain expeditious control of bleeding from a short gastric vessel close to the spleen. The second patient underwent LNF without complication. Operative time for each patient was 3.5 h. The postoperative length of stay for each patient was 6 days (ONF) and 4 days (LNF). The total hospital charges were $21,931 (ONF) and $19,108 (LNF). The first patient (ONF) was readmitted later on the day of discharge (postoperative day 6) for vomiting and was discharged after 24 h with no further treatment. The subsequent course of each patient was similar. At a 6-week follow-up visit, both patients were tolerating a regular diet with weight gain and dramatic improvement in pulmonary symptoms.
    No preview · Article · Nov 1997 · Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques
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    ABSTRACT: A mathematical procedure has been developed to calculate the breakthrough volumes of 15 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a C18 preconcentration column for aqueous solutions containing 10% acetonitrile as organic modifier. This procedure uses the peaks obtained by the injection of a solution of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) studied in mobile phases with different percentages of organic modifier to calculate the elution curve of the PAHs at the percentage of organic modifier in the water solution. This method allows a faster and easier determination of the values of the breakthrough volumes of these compounds, specially in the case of PAHs which have long retention times.
    No preview · Article · Jul 1997 · Analytica Chimica Acta
  • J S Cohen · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: The controversy surrounding the value of performing screening barium enema in patients with inguinal hernia persists. It was Myers & Zollinger who, in 1942, reviewed 200 consecutive cases of inguinal hernia and noted that 18%; of patients complained of gastrointestinal symptoms. Of these, two cases of adenocarcinoma were discovered on further evaluation. Subsequently, many authors have reported a low diagnostic yield of barium enema in patients with inguinal hernia unless specific colonic symptoms were present. We present a case in which this investigation was indicated, but led to irreducibility.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1997 · Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • L K Jacobs · V Shayani · J M Sackier
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    ABSTRACT: As the variety of procedures performed with laparoscopic technology increases, the skill levels and equipment demands also increase. Laparoscopic appendectomy, hernia repair, colon resection, and Nissen fundoplication all require someone whose only responsibility is to control the laparoscope and therefore the operative field. This is usually the most inexperienced person on the operating team. The Automated Endoscope System for Optimal Positioning (AESOP) robot provides a means to eliminate the need for the camera person, returns control of the camera and operative field to the operating surgeon, and enhances human performance. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the acquisition of skills to control the laparoscope in a satisfactory fashion. We selected medical students as our study group because they have no prior experience in laparoscopic procedures. They performed a readily reproducible task in a pelvic trainer with hand control and with the AESOP robot. Their initial times are compared, as is the improvement in their times after 10 min of practice with the AESOP robot. These data show that in this study group use of the AESOP robot was not as fast as hand control but the skill to use it was learned as quickly. Additional features of the robut such as a steady view and the ability to acquire images and return to them reliably are other advantages. The AESOP robotic arm provides a stable support for the laparoscope during laparoscopic procedures which can be manipulated by the surgeon. We found that the time required to learn control of the laparoscope manually and with the AESOP robot is equal.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1997 · Surgical Endoscopy

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2k Citations
216.31 Total Impact Points


  • 1998
    • The Washington Institute
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1995-1998
    • George Washington University
      • Department of Surgery
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1997
    • University of Barcelona
      • Departament de QuĂ­mica AnalĂ­tica
      Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1992-1996
    • University of California, San Diego
      • Department of Surgery
      San Diego, California, United States
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 1994
    • California College San Diego
      San Diego, California, United States
    • San Francisco Estuary Institute
      San Francisco, California, United States
  • 1993
    • Naval Medical Center San Diego
      San Diego, California, United States
  • 1992-1993
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
      • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
      Los Angeles, California, United States