MICHAEL W.L. GEAR, D.M., M.Ch., F.R.C.S.; E. WALFORD GILLISON, F.R.C.S.; BRIAN L. DOWLING, M.S., F.R.C.S.
To the editor: Last year, Benjamin and colleagues (1) presented a careful and thoughtful summary of the problems experienced in a few cases with the Angelchik prosthesis. Obviously, with a relatively new technique, it is important to establish the nature and incidence of the complications. However, we believe that the authors have not made clear that other techniques such as fundoplication, much more widely used worldwide, have their own morbidity and mortality. These rates are well documented (2) for fundoplication but not yet for the Angelchik device. The crucial factor missing from the article by Benjamin and colleagues is the
GEAR MW, GILLISON EW, DOWLING BL. Complications of the Angelchik Antireflux Prosthesis. Ann Intern Med. ;103:959. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-959_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):959.
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