Randomised controlled trial of LigaSure versus conventional suture ligature for abdominal hysterectomy
Authors: Hagen, Bjørn; Eriksson, Nils; Sundset, Marit
Source: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 112, Number 7, July 2005 , pp. 968-970(3)
Abstract:Objective To compare the use of LigaSure with conventional suture ligature in abdominal hysterectomy. Design Pilot randomised controlled unblinded trial with block randomisation according to three operating surgeons. Setting One Norwegian teaching hospital, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Sample Thirty women who underwent total or subtotal abdominal hysterectomy. Methods Data, with regard to operation time expenditure and the occurrence of peri- and post-operative complications, were collected and compared between the two techniques. Main outcome measures Operation time, peri- and post-operative complications. Results Mean operation duration was 61.7 minutes with LigaSure and 54.5 minutes with conventional suture ligature. The corresponding operative blood loss was 303 and 298 mL, respectively. Occurrence of complications was few and not significantly different between the two techniques. Mean hospital stay was longer following LigaSure operations (10 vs 6 days), probably due to a certain age imbalance between the study groups. Conclusions Within the limitation of this pilot study, we did not uncover a time sparing effect from the use of LigaSure or any difference in the occurrence of blood loss and complications.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2005-07-01