Happy new year to all of our readers. The January, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery includes 2 feature articles with accompanying editorials, 1 review, 4 randomized controlled trials, 2 meta-analyses, and 16 additional original articles. The features regard the adoption of robotic surgery in the USA and the timing of surgery for acute cholecystitis. The review article is an interesting analysis of treatment effects from prospective nonrandomized studies versus randomized controlled trials. The randomized controlled trials provide some definitive information about the effects of simvastatin on patients undergoing esophagectomy, the impact of steroid dosing after colorectal surgery, the role of outpatient management for diverticulitis, and a comparison of antecolic and retrocolic gastroenterostomy in pancreatoduodenectomy.
January's Journal Club featured article is Early Results of the Swiss Multicentre Bypass or Sleeve Study (SM-BOSS): A Prospective Randomized Trial Comparing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass by R. Peterli and co-authors. Ann Surg 258: 690–695. The expert moderator is Dr. Bruce Schirmer, professor of surgery at the University of Virginia. He is a leader in minimally invasive surgery and surgery for morbid obesity.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.