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Protocols to reduce risk in surgery

Marco Braga, Nicolò Pecorelli, Marco Scatizzi, Felice Borghi, Giancarlo Missana, Danilo Radrizzani
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways represent the optimal approach for patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Elderly or low physical status patients have been often excluded from ERAS pathways because considered at high risk. The aim of this study is to assess the adherence to ERAS protocol and its impact on short-term postoperative outcome in patients with different surgical risk undergoing elective colorectal resection. METHODS: Prospectively collected data entered in an electronic Italian registry specifically designed for ERAS were reviewed...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
A C Currie, G Malietzis, J T Jenkins, T Yamada, H Ashrafian, T Athanasiou, K Okabayashi, R H Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic approaches and standardized recovery protocols have reduced morbidity following colorectal cancer surgery. As the optimal regimen remains inconclusive, a network meta-analysis was undertaken of treatments for the development of postoperative complications and mortality. METHODS: MEDLINE, Embase, trial registries and related reviews were searched for randomized trials comparing laparoscopic and open surgery within protocol-driven or conventional perioperative care for colorectal cancer resection, with complications as a defined endpoint...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Massimo Del Fabbro, Stefano Corbella, Patrick Sequeira-Byron, Igor Tsesis, Eyal Rosen, Alessandra Lolato, Silvio Taschieri
BACKGROUND: When primary root canal therapy fails, periapical lesions can be retreated with or without surgery. Root canal retreatment is a non-surgical procedure that involves removal of root canal filling materials from the tooth, followed by cleaning, shaping and obturating of the canals. Root-end resection is a surgical procedure that involves exposure of the periapical lesion through an osteotomy, surgical removal of the lesion, removal of part of the root-end tip, disinfection and, commonly, retrograde sealing or filling of the apical portion of the remaining root canal...
October 19, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Edna Pereira Gomes Morais, Rachel Riera, Gustavo Jm Porfírio, Cristiane R Macedo, Vivian Sarmento Vasconcelos, Alexsandra de Souza Pedrosa, Maria R Torloni
BACKGROUND: Caesarean sections (CS) are the most frequent major surgery in the world. A transient impairment of bowel motility is expected after CS. Although this usually resolves spontaneously within a few days, it can cause considerable discomfort, require symptomatic medication and delay hospital discharge, thus increasing costs. Chewing gum in the immediate postoperative period is a simple intervention that may be effective in enhancing recovery of bowel function in other types of abdominal surgeries...
October 17, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Santiago Garcia, Thomas S Rector, Marina Zakharova, Rebekah R Herrmann, Selcuk Adabag, Stefan Bertog, Yader Sandoval, Steve Santilli, Emmanouil S Brilakis, Edward O McFalls
BACKGROUND: Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has been shown to reduce infarct size in animal models. We hypothesized that RIPC before an elective vascular operation would reduce the incidence and amount of a postoperative rise of the cardiac troponin level. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cardiac Remote Ischemic Preconditioning Prior to Elective Vascular Surgery (CRIPES) was a prospective, randomized, sham-controlled phase 2 trial using RIPC before elective vascular procedures...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Hirofumi Ota, Masakazu Ikenaga, Junichi Hasegawa, Kohei Murata, Yasuhiro Miyake, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Taishi Hata, Ichiro Takemasa, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Mitsugu Sekimoto, Riichiro Nezu, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
PURPOSE: The aim of this multi-institutional study was to prospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for colonic surgery. METHODS: The subjects of this study were 320 patients with an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grade I or II physical status. Patients underwent elective open or laparoscopic colonic resection or high anterior resection between April 2011 and January 2014 at one of six institutions...
September 29, 2016: Surgery Today
T Ramhendar, D Keane
BACKGROUND: The transobturator tape (TOT) has been utilized in the surgical management of SUI since 2001 when it was first described and is associated with minimal risk of trauma as its purely perineal insertion avoids entry to the retropubic space. Given its high success rate, low associated peri-operative morbidity and relative ease of insertion, it has been increasingly used as a day case procedure worldwide. AIM: This study aims to demonstrate the suitability of the transobturator tape (TOT) as a day surgery procedure in the Republic of Ireland...
September 28, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Sayid Zommorodi, Joy Roy, Johnny Steuer, Rebecka Hultgren
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the proportion of previously known abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in patients presenting with a ruptured AAA (rAAA) and analyzed the reasons for nontreatment at the time of the initial AAA diagnosis. METHODS: This retrospective, observational study included all patients with rAAA admitted to a hospital in the counties of Stockholm and Gotland during 2009 to 2013. The patients' records were retrospectively reviewed, with extraction of data on previously detected AAA, demographics, and mortality at 30 and 90 days...
October 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Jorge Chahla, Jacob D Mikula, Jason M Schon, Chase S Dean, Kimi D Dahl, Travis J Menge, Eduardo Soares, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade, Marc J Philippon
BACKGROUND: Hip capsulotomy is routinely performed during arthroscopic surgery to achieve adequate exposure of the joint. Iatrogenic instability can result after hip arthroscopic surgery because of capsular insufficiency, which can be avoided with effective closure of the hip capsule. There is currently no consensus in the literature regarding the optimal quantity of sutures upon capsular closure to achieve maximal stability postoperatively. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to determine the failure torques of 1-, 2-, and 3-suture constructs for hip capsular closure to resist external rotation and extension after standard anterosuperior interportal capsulotomy (12 to 3 o'clock)...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Sandra Kampe, Bianca Geismann, Gerhard Weinreich, Georgios Stamatis, Uwe Ebmeyer, Hans J Gerbershagen
BACKGROUND:  Chronic post-thoracotomy pain (CPP) has a high incidence. However, less is known about risk factors and the influence of different analgesia therapies. METHODS:  In this prospective cohort study, patients either received standardized epidural analgesia or began an oral analgesic protocol with controlled-release oxycodone immediately postoperatively. Patients answered a baseline questionnaire on the day before surgery and a follow-up questionnaire six months postoperatively...
September 20, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Hasan Hakan Erem, Erman Aytac
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potentially mortal complication in patients undergoing surgery. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism can be seen up to 40 % of patients who have no or inappropriate VTE prophylaxis during perioperative period.In addition to the preoperative and intraoperative preventive measures, the standardization of postoperative care and follow-up are essential to reduce VTE risk. Modern healthcare prioritizes patient's safety and aims to reduce postoperative morbidity by using standardized protocols...
September 17, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
J Cornish, R L Harries, D Bosanquet, B Rees, J Ansell, N Frewer, P K Dhruva Rao, C Parry, R Ellis-Owen, S M Phillips, C Morris, J Horwood, M L Davies, M M Davies, R Hargest, Z Davies, J Hilton, D Harris, A Ben-Sassi, R Rajagopal, D Hanratty, S Islam, A Watkins, N Bashir, S Jones, I R Russell, J Torkington
BACKGROUND: Incisional hernias are common complications of midline closure following abdominal surgery and cause significant morbidity, impaired quality of life and increased health care costs. The 'Hughes Repair' combines a standard mass closure with a series of horizontal and two vertical mattress sutures within a single suture. This theoretically distributes the load along the incision length as well as across it. There is evidence to suggest that this technique is as effective as mesh repair for the operative management of incisional hernias; however, no trials have compared the Hughes Repair with standard mass closure for the prevention of incisional hernia formation following a midline incision...
September 15, 2016: Trials
Simon G A Brown, Emma L Ball, Kyle Perrin, Catherine A Read, Stephen E Asha, Richard Beasley, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Peter G Jones, Gerben Keijzers, Frances B Kinnear, Ben C H Kwan, Y C Gary Lee, Julian A Smith, Quentin A Summers, Graham Simpson
INTRODUCTION: Current management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) is variable, with little evidence from randomised controlled trials to guide treatment. Guidelines emphasise intervention in many patients, which involves chest drain insertion, hospital admission and occasionally surgery. However, there is evidence that conservative management may be effective and safe, and it may also reduce the risk of recurrence. Significant questions remain regarding the optimal initial approach to the management of PSP...
September 13, 2016: BMJ Open
Adrian Sh Ooi, David H Song
Implant-based procedures are the most commonly performed method for postmastectomy breast reconstruction. While donor-site morbidity is low, these procedures are associated with a higher risk of reconstructive loss. Many of these are related to infection of the implant, which can lead to prolonged antibiotic treatment, undesired additional surgical procedures, and unsatisfactory results. This review combines a summary of the recent literature regarding implant-related breast-reconstruction infections and combines this with a practical approach to the patient and surgery aimed at reducing this risk...
2016: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Wai-Tat Wong, Veronica Kw Lai, Yee Eot Chee, Anna Lee
BACKGROUND: Fast-track cardiac care is a complex intervention involving several components of care during cardiac anaesthesia and in the postoperative period, with the ultimate aim of early extubation after surgery, to reduce length of stay in the intensive care unit and in the hospital. Safe and effective fast-track cardiac care may reduce hospital costs. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2003, updated in 2012 and updated now in 2016. OBJECTIVES: To determine the safety and effectiveness of fast-track cardiac care compared with conventional (not fast-track) care in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
September 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Supreeth S Rudrappa, Daniel J Wilkinson, Paul L Greenhaff, Kenneth Smith, Iskandar Idris, Philip J Atherton
The ever increasing burden of an aging population and pandemic of metabolic syndrome worldwide demands further understanding of the modifiable risk factors in reducing disability and morbidity associated with these conditions. Disuse skeletal muscle atrophy (sometimes referred to as "simple" atrophy) and insulin resistance are "non-pathological" events resulting from sedentary behavior and periods of enforced immobilization e.g., due to fractures or elective orthopedic surgery. Yet, the processes and drivers regulating disuse atrophy and insulin resistance and the associated molecular events remain unclear-especially in humans...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Tanner McGinn, Morad Chughtai, Anil Bhave, Osman Ali, Prathik Mudaliar, Anton Khlopas, Steven F Harwin, Michael A Mont
INTRODUCTION: Patients may experience knee stiffness following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Non-operative measures, such as more physical therapy and special splints are warranted in such cases. In the event of failure of these measures to restore knee range of motion, more invasive procedures with higher risks, such as manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) or repeat surgery, can be utilized. Thus, it becomes essential to optimize their non-operative measures in order to avoid more invasive, riskier options...
September 10, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Jesse E Otero, J Joseph Gholson, Andrew J Pugely, Yubo Gao, Nicholas A Bedard, John J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: Length of hospital stay is a quality metric in joint arthroplasty. Rapid recovery protocols have safely reduced the average length of hospitalization, but it is unclear whether there is a difference in complication and readmission rates between patients discharged the day of surgery or on postoperative day 1 (POD 1). We calculated 30-day complication and readmission after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), total hip arthroplasty (THA), and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) based on day of discharge...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Kate Elizabeth McCrossin, David Edmund Piers Bramley, Elizabeth Hessian, Evelyn Hutcheon, Georgina Imberger
BACKGROUND: Viscoelastic tests, including thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), provide a global assessment of haemostatic function at the point of care. The use of a TEG or ROTEM system to guide blood product administration has been shown in some surgical settings to reduce transfusion requirements. The aim of this review is to evaluate all published evidence regarding viscoelastic testing in the setting of hepatic surgery. METHODS: We will search MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases to identify randomised controlled trials examining the use of viscoelastic testing for hepatic surgery...
2016: Systematic Reviews
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