Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research, a forum for exciting findings in the field of surgical research, is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses basic, translational, and clinical research in all surgery-related disciplines, with a particular focus on minimally invasive procedures.
ASIR promotes the exchange of ideas, concepts and findings in all aspects of surgery. The journal aims to open up new avenues for the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of surgical problems, and be a bridge between different surgical specialties. The journal considers articles from any area of surgery-related research, including, but not limited to:
- Surgical research
- Clinical studies
- Surgical techniques and procedures
- Emerging technologies
- Teaching and stimulation
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Stanley W. Ashley, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Seigo Kitano, Oita University
- Ronald Matteotti, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Meridian Health
Society affiliationsAnnals of Surgical Innovation and Research is affiliated with the International Club of Young Laparoscopic Surgeons (ICLYS) and the Ibero-American Society of Innovation in Endoscopic Surgery (AIICE).
HypothesisSessa and colleagues report on the new vascular connector (NVC), a hypothetical design of a vascular device, for creation and maintenance of sutureless vascular anastomosis. The authors claim that introduction of the safe and reliable NVC would shorten operation times and prevent operative and post-operative complications.
The zygapophysial facet joint is a primary pain generator in many chronic low back pain cases. Meisel and colleagues show that, after a 1-year follow-up, minimally invasive facet restoration implant is a safe and effective treatment option in patients with chronic lumbar zygapophysial pain who have tried other nonsurgical treatments. In 34 patients, back pain severity decreased 41%, and freedom from a device- or procedure-related serious adverse event after 1 year was 84%.
Research articleStam et al. report the first-in-man application of Sylys® Surgical Sealant as an extraluminal adjunct to standard bowel anastomosis closure. Participants included 16 adults who were scheduled for an open ileostomy reversal procedure in two independent hospitals in the Netherlands. Adverse events were recorded in 12 of the 16 treated patients but were not considered to be related to Sylys® Surgical Sealant. As there were no reported clinical signs of anastomotic leakage, the authors concluded that Sylys® Surgical Sealant can be an effective adjunct to prevent bowel anastomosis closure.
ReviewScroggie and Jones have reviewed studies utilizing fluorescent cholangiography (FC), an imaging technique that enables intra-operative imaging through fluorophores excreted via the biliary tract. By illuminating the extrahepatic biliary anatomy, FC can prevent bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, as well as detecting bile leaks and other intra-operative pathologies. Studies utilizing FC during laparoscopic cholecystectomy have shown that the technique is simple and safe, but it is still not ideal in the presence of biliary stones. More evidence is needed to determine long-term patient outcomes of utilizing FC.
Case reportPelvic fracture presents a high risk of hemorrhaging and damage to the bladder and urethra, and immediate repair is recommended for associated bladder injuries. Weledji et al. report a case of a bladder injury that complicated a pelvic fracture due to the patient being hit by a car. The bladder neck injury was successfully repaired in the emergency room of a poor-resourced area in Cameroon. The authors state that primary repair of bladder neck and urethral injuries complicating pelvic fracture is a safe procedure in patients who do not have a history of blood circulation issues, and the procedure prevents urinary extravasation. Thus, the authors encourage immediate emergency intervention but acknowledge that it may present difficulties in a poor-resourced healthcare system.
Research articleChildhood-to-adult persistent asthma is a multi-factorial disease related to family history and environmental influences. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common childhood disorder that may also play a role in childhood asthma. Hu et al. have performed a thorough longitudinal investigation of this potential association. The authors examined 57 GERD patients who suffered from childhood-to-adult persistent asthma that was difficult to treat with pulmonary medications. The patients were treated with two anti-reflux methods previously described by the authors, Stretta radiofrequency (SRF) or laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF), and the patients’ outcomes were evaluated approximately 3 years later. Hu et al. found that multiple esophageal symptoms were initially present in the patients, and these and other asthmatic symptoms were significantly mitigated after using both SRF and LNF anti-reflux treatments. Therefore, assessing patients with childhood-to-persistent asthma for possible underlying factors like GERD can improve long-term outcomes, which should be further investigated in large-scale studies.
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Professor Stanley W. Ashley is a gastrointestinal surgeon based at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA, where he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. He is also the Frank Sawyer Professor at Harvard Medical School and currently a director of the American Board of Surgery.
Professor Seigo Kitano is currently a Professor and Chairman at the Department of Surgery I in Oita University Faculty of Medicine, Japan. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Chang Gung Medical College and the University of California in Irvine. He is also the President of the Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, as well as Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society.
Dr Ronald Matteotti is currently a surgeon at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Meridian Health. Dr Matteotti holds specialty certificates in general, gastrointestinal and trauma surgery. His primary interest is hepato-biliary disease and gastro-intestinal cancer, especially minimally invasive approaches to gastric and colo-rectal malignancies. His research founded at Mount Sinai Hospital and furthered at Fox Chase Cancer Center includes pathophysiological changes during laparoscopy in a sepsis model and novel targets to treat hepato-cellular cancer. He has recently co-edited the book "Minimally Invasive Surgical Oncology: State-of- the-Art Cancer Management".
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