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Kathleen L. Lak MD

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Assistant Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Surgery
Division: General

Publications (21)

  • Implementation of a standardized multimodal pain regimen significantly reduces postoperative inpatient opioid utilization in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. (Tan WH, Ford J, Kindel T, Higgins RM, Lak K, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2022 Aug 04 PMID: 35927346 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85135574000 08/05/2022    
  • Transversus abdominis plane blocks for complex abdominal wall reconstruction decrease hospital length of stay compared to epidurals. (Petcka NL, Alter-Troilo K, Hetzel E, Higgins RM, Lak KL, Gould JC, Kindel TL, Kastenmeier AS, Goldblatt MI) Surg Endosc 2022 Oct;36(10):7722-7730 PMID: 35194667 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85125066286 02/24/2022       1 Citation
  • The influence of preoperative carbohydrate loading on postoperative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients: a randomized, controlled trial (Suh S, Hetzel E, Alter-Troilo K, Lak K, Gould JC, Kindel TL, Higgins RM) Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases August 2021;17(8):1480-1488 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85106298217 08/01/2021       3 Citations
  • Bariatric surgery in patients with advanced heart failure: A proposed multi-disciplinary pathway for surgical care in medically complex patients. (Kindel TL, Higgins RM, Lak K, Gould J, Baumann Kreuziger L, Mohammed A, Gaglianello N, Ishizawar D) Surgery 2021 09;170(3):659-663 PMID: 34052027 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85106595666 05/31/2021       1 Citation
  • Examining current patterns of opioid prescribing and use after bariatric surgery. (Ford J, Kindel T, Higgins RM, Lak KL, Hetzel E, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2022 04;36(4):2564-2569 PMID: 33978853 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85105861939 05/13/2021       2 Citations
  • SAGES primer for taking care of yourself during and after the COVID-19 crisis. (Dort J, Romanelli J, Choudhury N, Flink BJ, Lak K, Levy S, Needleman BJ, Paget CJ 3rd, Telem D, Schwarz E, Zhang LP, Sylla P, Mellinger JD, Matthews BD, Feldman L, Pryor AD, Asbun HJ) Surg Endosc 2020 07;34(7):2856-2862 PMID: 32435961 PMCID: PMC7238959 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85085298996 05/22/2020       5 Citations
  • Primary care providers' attitudes and knowledge of bariatric surgery. (Lopez EKH, Helm MC, Gould JC, Lak KL) Surg Endosc 2020 05;34(5):2273-2278 PMID: 31367984 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85082729271 08/02/2019       6 Citations
  • The Risk of Post-operative Complications in Super-Super Obesity Compared to Super Obesity in Accredited Bariatric Surgery Centers. (Wilkinson KH, Helm M, Lak K, Higgins RM, Gould JC, Kindel TL) Obes Surg 2019 09;29(9):2964-2971 PMID: 31134478 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85071710606 05/28/2019       9 Citations
  • Buyer's remorse: what predicts post-decision dissonance after bariatric surgery? (Wallace L, Horecki EK, Helm MC, Higgins RM, Gould JC, Lak K, Kindel TL) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2019 Jul;15(7):1182-1188 PMID: 31104956 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85065611346 05/21/2019       3 Citations
  • Preoperative functional health status is a predictor of short-term postoperative morbidity and mortality after bariatric surgery. (Lak KL, Helm MC, Higgins RM, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2019 Apr;15(4):608-614 PMID: 30850305 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85062370891 03/10/2019       2 Citations
  • Linear vs. circular-stapled gastrojejunostomy in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. (Barr AC, Lak KL, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Higgins RM, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2019 12;33(12):4098-4101 PMID: 30805785 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85062153988 02/26/2019       10 Citations
  • Metabolic Syndrome Is a Significant Predictor of Postoperative Morbidity and Mortality Following Bariatric Surgery. (Lak KL, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Gould JC) J Gastrointest Surg 2019 04;23(4):739-744 PMID: 30430431 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85056726065 11/16/2018       9 Citations
  • Mesh Selection in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. (Lak KL, Goldblatt MI) Plast Reconstr Surg 2018 09;142(3 Suppl):99S-106S PMID: 30138277 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85058145116 08/24/2018       19 Citations
  • The impact of preoperative anemia and malnutrition on outcomes in paraesophageal hernia repair. (Clark LN, Helm MC, Higgins R, Lak K, Kastenmeier A, Kindel T, Goldblatt M, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2018 11;32(11):4666-4672 PMID: 29934871 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85048899302 06/24/2018       2 Citations
  • Perioperative bleeding and blood transfusion are major risk factors for venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery. (Nielsen AW, Helm MC, Kindel T, Higgins R, Lak K, Helmen ZM, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2018 05;32(5):2488-2495 PMID: 29101558 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85032808735 11/05/2017       23 Citations
  • Discussion of: "Perioperative complications increase the risk of venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery". (Helm MC, Simon K, Higgins R, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Am J Surg 2017 12;214(6):1141-1142 PMID: 28985890 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85030458497 10/08/2017       1 Citation
  • Perioperative complications increase the risk of venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery. (Helm MC, Simon K, Higgins R, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Am J Surg 2017 Dec;214(6):1135-1140 PMID: 28958647 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85029797373 09/30/2017       15 Citations
  • Successful Laparoscopic Harvesting of Omental Pedicle Flap for Salvage Cerebral Revascularization in 2 Adults With Moyamoya Disease: Technique and Lessons Learned. (Schumm M, Simon K, Sacho R, Gould JC) Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2017 Oct;27(5):e111-e115 PMID: 28708772 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85023753977 07/15/2017       2 Citations
  • Picking apart surgical pick lists - Reducing variation to decrease surgical costs. (Simon KL, Frelich MJ, Gould JC) Am J Surg 2018 Jan;215(1):19-22 PMID: 28676153 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85021420633 07/06/2017       11 Citations
  • Inpatient outcomes after elective versus nonelective ventral hernia repair. (Simon KL, Frelich MJ, Gould JC, Zhao HS, Szabo A, Goldblatt MI) J Surg Res 2015 Oct;198(2):305-10 PMID: 25982375 PMCID: PMC4751026 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84940718376 05/20/2015       20 Citations
  • Folate regulation of axonal regeneration in the rodent central nervous system through DNA methylation. (Iskandar BJ, Rizk E, Meier B, Hariharan N, Bottiglieri T, Finnell RH, Jarrard DF, Banerjee RV, Skene JH, Nelson A, Patel N, Gherasim C, Simon K, Cook TD, Hogan KJ) J Clin Invest 2010 May;120(5):1603-16 PMID: 20424322 PMCID: PMC2860927 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-77951810285 04/29/2010       114 Citations
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