ABSTRACT: Multiple techniques are available for division of hepatic parenchyma. This is the largest United States report examining the use of the Habib 4X tissue coagulator (AngioDynamics, Queensbury, NY). The objective was to collect standard parameters associated with successful, benchmarked liver surgery outcomes using this new device, and in particular, examine the risk of margin failure. Ninety-four consecutive operations using the Habib 4X were analyzed with special attention to local failure at resection margin, blood loss/transfusion, and operative times. An institutional review board approved protocol allowed collection and analysis of demographic information and outcomes for intraoperative, perioperative, and long-term follow-up. Eighteen patients had biopsy only. Thirty-one had lobar resections and 46 had wedge or segmental resections. There were 30 primary hepatic and 46 metastatic tumor diagnoses. There were a total of 33 (43%) recurrences with a mean time to recurrence of 212 days (range 15-974). Of the 27 intrahepatic recurrences, four (15%) were at the margin. The OR time ranged from 115 to 642 minutes (average 283 min). The average recorded blood loss was 427 mL; 11 patients were transfused (average 0.43 units). The Habib 4X is a safe tool to use when evaluating the parameters of blood loss, transfusion, and margin recurrence.
The American surgeon 10/2009; 75(10):991-4. · 1.28 Impact Factor