Several techniques and devices have recently been developed in an effort to allow safer liver resections and avoid intraoperative blood loss. The aim of this study was to analyze our initial experience with hepatic resections using a new water-cooled, high-density, monopolar device-the Tissuelink Monopolar Floating Ball (Tissuelink Medical, Inc., Dover, NH)-in order to avoid bleeding during hepatic surgery. We analyzed patients who underwent hepatic surgery between January and June 2003. Sex, age, type of disease, and type of surgical procedure, in association with the duration of the surgical procedure, blood loss, use of vascular clamping of the liver, length of hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality were analyzed. Seven minor liver resections, two major liver resections, and one total cystopericystectomy were performed with the use of this new device. Average blood loss was 150 ml (range 50 to 300 ml). No vascular clamping was used with the exception of one patient. No deaths were recorded. Morbidity included ascites in one case and pleural effusion in another. In conclusion, the Tissuelink Monopolar Floating Ball permitted excellent coagulation of the cut liver surface, thus avoiding bleeding and vascular clamping. As a result, postoperative morbidity and mortality were low.
|Titolo:||Hepatic resections using a water-cooled, high-density, monopolar device: a new technology for safer surgery|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|