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Failure to rescue

Earlier this week, I learned about a new indicator to measure surgical quality. "Failure the rescue" stands for our inability to save a patient’s life as a consequence of a...

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Are barbed sutures safe?

Last week, a patient who had a TLH 8 weeks ago contacted me to complain about symptoms suggesting vaginal dehiscence following intercourse.

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Smokers face a higher risk of surgical complications

A patient with vulval cancer, smoker, needed surgery like many patients we see every day. Of course, we spoke of smoking and the possibility that her smoking habits contributed to...

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Battle Against Ovarian Cancer 2012

The preparations for the Battle Against Ovarian Cancer are again in full swing (www.battleagainstovariancancer.org). Please visit the site and register a team of five (one for each type of gynaecological...

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Alternatives to Epidural

By David Belavy

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Does analgesia cause surgical complications

Can postoperative pain control cause surgical complications?

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Bloodless Surgery

Last week, Pedro Ramirez from the MD Anderson Cancer Center described risk factors for prolonged hospital stay after laparoscopic surgery. More than half of patients had surgery for benign conditions.

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Prolonged hospitalization after laparoscopy: Identifying risk factors

Pedro T Ramirez, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

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Preoperative Guidelines for Surgery on Elderly

Last week the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) issued new guidelines for the preoperative care of patients aged 65+ years.

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Total Abdominal Hysterectomy is becoming out-dated

When I started my work as a gynaecological surgeon in Queensland in 2003, I was keen to see Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) be replaced by Laparoscopic Hysterectomy by the time...

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