Prospective randomized trial of ligasure versus harmonic hemostasis technique in thyroidectomy.
ABSTRACT Two surgical devices have become popular in thyroid surgery: a bipolar energy sealing system (B) and ultrasonic coagulation (UC). Retrospective and prospective studies have demonstrated that the use of these surgical devices for thyroidectomy compared with conventional thyroidectomy (clamp-and-tie) techniques reduces operative time and cost. We conducted a prospective randomized clinical trial to determine if there is any difference in operative time and cost between B and UC.
A single-blinded prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted at a tertiary referral center. A total of 90 patients who required a thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, or hyperthyroidism were randomized to either B or UC during thyroidectomy. The operative time and cost of thyroidectomy were compared between the two groups.
There was no statistically significant difference in patient age, gender, body mass index, indication for thyroidectomy and thyroid gland weight between the two groups. There was no statistically significant difference in operating room cost or total cost for thyroidectomy between the B and UC groups. There was also no statistically significant difference in the operative time between the B and UC groups (187.6 vs. 184.2 min, P = 0.48) or in postoperative complication rates. The only statistically significant difference in total cost was between surgeons independent of the device used (P < 0.01).
In thyroid surgery, total cost and operative time were similar between the two surgical devices used.
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ABSTRACT: Clinical pathways are care plans applicable to patient care procedures that present variations in practice and a predictable clinical course. They are designed not as a substitute for clinical judgment, but rather as a means to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the procedures. This clinical pathway is the result of a collaborative work of the Sections of Endocrine Surgery and Quality Management of the Spanish Association of Surgeons. It attempts to provide a framework for standardizing the performance of thyroidectomy, the most frequently performed operation in endocrine surgery. Along with the usual documents of clinical pathways (temporary matrix, variance tracking and information sheets, assessment indicators and a satisfaction questionnaire) it includes a review of the scientific evidence around different aspects of pre, intra and postoperative management. Among others, antibiotic and antithrombotic prophylaxis, preoperative preparation in hyperthyroidism, intraoperative neuromonitoring and systems for obtaining hemostasis are included, along with management of postoperative hypocalcemia.Cirugía Española 02/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.ciresp.2014.11.010 · 0.89 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background The use of energy devices during laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric cancer has increased as the frequency of laparoscopic surgery has increased. Our aim was to compare the perioperative surgical outcomes between using a bipolar device and an ultrasonic device during laparoscopic gastrectomy. Methods Retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database identified 186 patients who underwent laparoscopic gastrectomy performed by a single surgeon between November 2010 and August 2013. A bipolar device was used for 116 patients, and an ultrasonic device was used for 70 patients. Patient characteristics and perioperative surgical outcomes were compared between groups. Results Clinicopathologic characteristics were similar for both groups. The bipolar group had a significantly shorter operation time (154.9 vs. 167.8 min, p = 0.028) and higher rate of D2 lymph node dissection (29.3 vs. 15.7 %, p = 0.012). The bipolar device group experienced significantly less pain at 12 h [visual analog scale (VAS) pain score: 3.9 vs. 4.7, p = 0.027) and 18 h (VAS pain score: 3.5 vs. 4.1, p = 0.036) postoperatively. The bipolar group had earlier abdominal drain removal (p = 0.001) and a shorter hospital stay (p = 0.024). No significant differences in laboratory value changes, morbidity, or mortality were observed between the groups. Conclusion Compared with the ultrasonic device, the bipolar device provided advantages in operation time, degree of postoperative pain, time of drain removal, and length of hospital stay. The bipolar device may be a useful and efficient energy device for laparoscopic gastrectomy. However, larger studies to confirm the safety of bipolar device during laparoscopic gastrectomy are warranted.Surgical Endoscopy 07/2014; 29(3). DOI:10.1007/s00464-014-3702-8 · 3.31 Impact Factor