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Thermal surgery

Tomasz Żądkowski, Paweł Nachulewicz, Maciej Mazgaj, Magdalena Woźniak, Czesław Cielecki, Andrzej Paweł Wieczorek, Iwona Beń-Skowronek
Treatment of hypertrophic scars arising as a result of thermal burns in children is still a big problem. The results of the treatment are not satisfactory for patients and parents, and new methods of treatment are still investigated.We present the use of one of the most modern carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers (Lumenis Encore laser equipped with a Synergistic Coagulation and Ablation for Advanced Resurfacing module) in the treatment of hypertrophic scars in children after burns.From March to April of 2013, a group of 47 patients aged 6 to 16 years underwent 57 laser surgery treatments...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Tonny Stone Luggya, Richard Nicholas Kabuye, Cephas Mijumbi, Joseph Bahe Tindimwebwa, Andrew Kintu
BACKGROUND: Surgery and anaesthesia cause shivering due to thermal dysregulation as a compensatory mechanism and is worsened by vasodilatation from spinal anaesthesia that redistributes core body heat. Due to paucity of data Mulago Hospital's post spinal shivering burden is unknown yet it causes discomfort and morbidity. METHODS: Ethical approval was obtained to perform the study among consenting mothers due for elective caesarean section from March to May 2011...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Lei-Fang Cao, Xiao-Yan Peng, Ya Huang, Bing Wang, Feng-Ming Zhou, Ruo-Xiao Cheng, Li-Hua Chen, Wei-Feng Luo, Tong Liu
In the present study, we investigated whether restoring descending noradrenergic inhibitory tone can attenuate pain in a PD rat model, which was established by stereotaxic infusion of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into the bilateral striatum (CPu). PD rats developed thermal and mechanical hypersensitivity at the 4th week after surgery. HPLC analysis showed that NE content, but not dopamine or 5-HT, significantly decreased in lumbar spinal cord in PD rats. Additional noradrenergic depletion by injection of N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4) aggravated pain hypersensitivity in PD rats...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Avner Belkin, Adi Abulafia, Adi Michaeli, Shay Ofir, Ehud I Assia
BACKGROUND: Temperature profiles at the corneal wound of coaxial mini-incision (2.4 mm) cataract surgery and sleeveless micro-incision (1.1 mm) cataract surgery were compared. DESIGN: Prospective, controlled, paired-eye clinical trial conducted in a tertiary care hospital PARTICIPANTS: Twenty patients with mild to moderate bilateral nuclear sclerotic cataract. METHODS: Twenty patients underwent bilateral cataract surgery within a one-month period...
October 12, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Carlo Fornaini, Elisabetta Merigo, Michele Sozzi, Jean-Paul Rocca, Federica Poli, Stefano Selleri, Annamaria Cucinotta
Objectives: The introduction of diode lasers in dentistry had several advantages, principally consisting on the reduced size, reduced cost and possibility to beam delivering by optical fibbers. Up today only the wavelengths around 810 and 980 nm were the most utilized in oral surgery but recently more different lasers had been proposed. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of four diode laser wavelengths (810, 980, 1470 and 1950 nm) for the ablation of soft tissues. Material and methods: Specimens were surgically collected from the dorsal surface of four bovine tongues and irradiated by four different diode wavelengths...
June 29, 2016: Laser Therapy
Bin Duan, Rong Wen, Yabo Fu, Kian-Jon Chua, Chee-Kong Chui
A challenging problem of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in liver surgery is to accurately estimate the shapes and sizes of RFA lesions whose formation depends on intrinsic variations of the thermal-electrical properties of soft tissue. Large tumors, which can be as long as 10 cm or more, further complicate the problem. In this paper, a probabilistic bio-heating finite element (FE) model is proposed and developed to predict RFA lesions. Uncertainties of RFA lesions are caused by the probabilistic nature of five thermal-electrical liver properties: thermal conductivity, liver tissue density, specific heat, blood perfusion rate and electrical conductivity...
October 4, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Valentina Palmieri, Massimiliano Papi, Claudio Conti, Gabriele Ciasca, Giuseppe Maulucci, Marco De Spirito
The clinical challenge that research on antibacterial coatings faces nowadays is the need of reduction of resistant bacterial infections, major source of implant rejection and repeated surgery. In order to avoid microorganisms attachment and biofilm formation, coating materials on medical devices have been developed with shortcomings represented by short-term durability and induction of new mechanisms of bacterial resistance. Graphene-based films and hydrogel could represent the next generation protective coatings due to their excellent mechanical, chemical and thermal properties, high nanoparticle adsorption and antibacterial action...
October 6, 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Ana-Salvaterra Azevedo, Luís-Silva Monteiro, Fernando Ferreira, Maria-Leonor Delgado, Fernanda Garcês, Sofia Carreira, Marco Martins, Juan Suarez-Quintanilla
BACKGROUND: Lasers have become standard tools for the surgical treatment of oral lesions. The purpose of this study is to determine the surgical margins and histologically evaluate the tissue thermal effects induced by different types of surgical instruments. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cuts were made in pork tongues' mucosa with different lasers (Er:YAG at 2W with and without air / water spray and at 4W with and without air / water spray; CO2 at 3.5W and 7W in pulsed mode and at 7W in continuous mode; the diode laser at 3...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
A Morales, M Pérez, P Castro, N Ibarra, H Bernal, L H Baumgard, M Cervantes
Heat stress (HS) appears to impair the pig's small intestine digestive and absorptive capacities and, therefore, may affect the AA digestibilities. A crossover-designed experiment was conducted utilizing two 7-d periods with 8 pigs (30.8 kg initial BW) surgically fitted with T-type cannulas at the terminal ileum to analyze the effect of HS on both apparent (AID) and standardized (SID) ileal digestibility of AA in pigs fed a wheat-soybean meal diet. Subcutaneous skin and ileal lumen temperatures were continuously monitored in 15-min intervals during the entire experiment...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Pallav L Shah, Felix J Herth, Wouter H van Geffen, Gaetan Deslee, Dirk-Jan Slebos
Advanced emphysema is a lung disease in which alveolar capillary units are destroyed and supporting tissue is lost. The combined effect of reduced gas exchange and changes in airway dynamics impairs expiratory airflow and leads to progressive air trapping. Pharmacological therapies have limited effects. Surgical resection of the most destroyed sections of the lung can improve pulmonary function and exercise capacity but its benefit is tempered by significant morbidity. This issue stimulated a search for novel approaches to lung volume reduction...
September 29, 2016: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Jonathan G Thomas, Ganesh Rao, Yvonne Kew, Sujit S Prabhu
OBJECTIVE Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and deadly malignant primary brain tumor. Better surgical therapies are needed for newly diagnosed GBMs that are difficult to resect and for GBMs that recur despite standard therapies. The authors reviewed their institutional experience of using laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) for the treatment of newly diagnosed or recurrent GBMs. METHODS This study reports on the pre-LITT characteristics and post-LITT outcomes of 8 patients with newly diagnosed GBMs and 13 patients with recurrent GBM who underwent LITT...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Robert T Buckley, Anthony C Wang, John W Miller, Edward J Novotny, Jeffrey G Ojemann
OBJECTIVE Laser ablation is a novel, minimally invasive procedure that utilizes MRI-guided thermal energy to treat epileptogenic and other brain lesions. In addition to treatment of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, laser ablation is increasingly being used to target deep or inoperable lesions, including hypothalamic hamartoma (HH), subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA), and exophytic intrinsic hypothalamic/third ventricular tumors. The authors reviewed their early institutional experience with these patients to characterize clinical outcomes in patients undergoing this procedure...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Claudio E Tatsui, Telmo A B Belsuzarri, Marilou Oro, Laurence D Rhines, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Behrang Amini, Heron Espinoza, Paul D Brown, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE An emerging paradigm for treating patients with epidural spinal cord compression (ESCC) caused by metastatic tumors is surgical decompression and stabilization, followed by stereotactic radiosurgery. In the setting of rapid progressive disease, interruption or delay in return to systemic treatment can lead to a negative impact in overall survival. To overcome this limitation, the authors introduce the use of spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy (sLITT) in association with percutaneous spinal stabilization to facilitate a rapid return to oncological treatment...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
David Y A Dadey, Ashwin A Kamath, Matthew D Smyth, Michael R Chicoine, Eric C Leuthardt, Albert H Kim
OBJECTIVE The precision of laser probe insertion for interstitial thermal therapy of deep-seated lesions is limited by the method of stereotactic guidance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of customized STarFix 3D-printed stereotactic platforms to guide laser probe insertion into mesiotemporal and posterior fossa targets. METHODS The authors conducted a retrospective review of 5 patients (12-55 years of age) treated with laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) in which STarFix platforms were used for probe insertion...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Anthony M Burrows, W Richard Marsh, Gregory Worrell, David A Woodrum, Bruce E Pollock, Krzysztof R Gorny, Joel P Felmlee, Robert E Watson, Timothy J Kaufmann, Steven Goerss, Jamie J Van Gompel
OBJECTIVE Hypothalamic hamartomas (HHs) are associated with gelastic seizures and the development of medically refractory epilepsy. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRg-LITT) is a minimally invasive ablative treatment that may have applicability for these deep-seated lesions. Here, the authors describe 3 patients with refractory HHs who they treated with MRg-LITT. METHODS An institutional review board-approved prospective database of patients undergoing Visualase MRg-LITT was retrospectively reviewed...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Nicholas J Brandmeir, James McInerney, Brad E Zacharia
Over the last several years, laser interstitial thermotherapy (LITT) has gained wide acceptance for the treatment of a myriad of cranial lesions. A wide variety of techniques for placement of the laser fiber have been reported with a spectrum of perceived benefits and drawbacks. The authors present the first report of a customized 3D printed stereotactic frame for LITT. Approximately 1 week prior to surgery, 3-4 skull fiducials were placed after each of 5 patients received a local anesthetic as an outpatient...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo, Kristen E Elstner, Kui Martinic, Aaron Zea, Jenny Diaz, Rodrigo T Martins, Fernando Arduini, Alexandra Hodgkinson, Nabeel Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Endovenous radio frequency ablation for small saphenous vein incompetence by and large appears to be superior and safer than conventional open surgery. Small saphenous vein ablation from approximately mid-calf to the point proximally where the small saphenous vein dives into the popliteal fossa is considered to be safe, as the sural nerve is in most cases separated from this segment of the small saphenous vein by the deep fascia. The outcome of the distal incompetent small saphenous vein remains unclear...
September 29, 2016: Phlebology
Liqin Deng, Lihua Zhang, Haiying Zhao, Fengxiang Song, Gang Chen, Hanyue Zhu
OBJECTIVES: Remifentanil may induce hyperalgesia. Recent studies implicate a close relationship between post-surgical hyperalgesia and phosphorylation and activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) in the spinal microglia. This study aimed to investigate whether the combination of post-surgical and remifentanil-induced hyperalgesia worsens post-operative pain and whether phosphorylated p38MAPK (phospho-p38MAPK) in the spinal dorsal horn in rats is involved in remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia...
October 2016: Neurological Research
Alexander Torossian, Elke Van Gerven, Karin Geertsen, Bengt Horn, Marc Van de Velde, Johan Raeder
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Incidence of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia is still high; therefore, present guidelines advocate "prewarming" for its prevention. Prewarming means preoperative patient skin warming, which minimizes redistribution hypothermia caused by induction of anesthesia. In this study, we compared the new self-warming BARRIER EasyWarm blanket with passive thermal insulation regarding mean perioperative patient core body temperature. DESIGN: Multinational, multicenter randomized prospective open-label controlled trial...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Ying-Dong Lian, Zong-Xiang Chen, Kang-Ru Zhu, Shu-Yin Sun, Li-Ping Zhu
OBJECTIVES: The increase in the prevalence of obesity presents a significant health and economic problem. Obesity has been reported to be a major contributor to variety of chronic diseases. Childhood obesity has been rising over the past decades leading to various complications in health. Millions of infants and children undergo surgery every year on various health grounds. The present investigation was undertaken to evaluate the effect of spinal anesthesia of equipotent doses of ropivacaine and bupivacaine on over-weight neonatal rats...
September 26, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
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