Viewpoints

 
 
  • Duty Hours Restrictions and ENT Complication Rates Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in Laryngoscope, examining whether the restriction in resident duty hours led to changes in complication rates during head and neck procedures.
  • Why I Became a Surgeon Dr Lowenfels shares his personal experiences on what led him to choose general surgery as a profession.
  • Evaluating Splenectomy in Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in Annals of Surgery, examining whether there is any justification for performing splenectomy in patients with proximal gastric cancer.
  • Early vs Late Closure of Ileostomy in Rectal Cancer Patients Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in Annals of Surgery, that examined whether the early closure of a diverting ileostomy in patients with rectal cancer in beneficial.
  • Intraoperative Stretching Micro Breaks Enhance Surgeon Performance Dr Lowenfels comments on a study examining the mental and physical effects of surgeons incorporating targeted stretching micro breaks intraoperatively, published in Annals of Surgery.
  • Treating Colorectal Liver Cancer With Extrahepatic Disease Commentary on a study evaluating the outcomes in patients with colorectal liver metastases and simultaneous extrahepatic disease, published in the Annals of Surgery.
  • Does the Age of Transfused Blood Affect Surgery Outcomes? Commentary on a study on whether the use of 'older' blood contributes to a higher risk for postoperative complications and morbidity, published in the Annals of Surgery.
  • The Occupational Injuries of Oncologic Surgeons Dr Lowenfels comments on a survey of occupational symptoms and injuries reported by oncologic surgeons performing prolonged operations, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Reducing Postdischarge VTE Events After Surgery Dr Lowenfels comments on a study that evaluates whether a postdischarge program can reduce the risk for VTE events in patients undergoing abdominal or inflammatory bowel disease surgery.
  • What Increases Postop Readmissions? Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in the Annals of Surgery, that examined factors that predict postop hospital readmission rates.
  • Malpractice in the Management of Small Bowel Obstruction Dr Lowenfels comments on a 33-year review of malpractice lawsuits arising from patients diagnosed with small bowel obstruction, published in the journal Surgery.
  • Should Hair Be Removed Before Surgery? Dr Lowenfels challenges the CDC's recommendations against hair removal before surgery, on the basis of a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Can Nasal Cartilage Be Used to Resurface a Knee? Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in the Lancet, that examined whether engineered nasal cartilage tissue can be used to resurface damaged knee cartilage.
  • Cholecystectomy: Is 72 Hours Still the Rule? Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in the Annals of Surgery, that examined whether delaying gallbladder surgery affected the outcomes of patients with acute cholecystitis.
  • Hypothermia and Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in JAMA, that examined whether therapeutic hypothermia benefited the survivors of in-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • Does Early Mobilization Reduce Time in the Surgical ICU? Dr Lowenfels comments on a study, published in the Lancet, demonstrating a significant reduction in time spent in the ICU by patients who participated in an early mobilization program after surgery.
  • More Data on Chewing Gum After Bowel Surgery Dr Lowenfels comments on a recent study reexamining the effects of chewing gum after laparoscopic colorectal resection, published in the British Journal of Surgery.
  • HAL vs RBL for Hemorrhoid Management Commentary on a study comparing hemorrhoidal artery ligation with rubber band ligation for the management of symptomatic hemorrhoids, published in the Lancet.
  • High-Grade Splenic Injury May Not Require Immediate Surgery Commentary on a study on nonoperative management vs immediate surgery for high-grade blunt splenic injury, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Obesity, GI Surgery, and Risk for Postoperative Complications Commentary on a study on whether obesity increases the risk for postoperative complications, published in the British Journal of Surgery.