Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(9):743-747. doi:10.7150/ijms.4862

Research Paper

A Two-Step Control of Secondary Splenic Pedicles Using Ligasure during Laparoscopic Splenectomy

Bai Ji, Yahui Liu, Ping Zhang, Yingchao Wang, Guangyi Wang

Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, the First Bethune Hospital, Jilin University, Jilin 130021, China.

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Ji B, Liu Y, Zhang P, Wang Y, Wang G. A Two-Step Control of Secondary Splenic Pedicles Using Ligasure during Laparoscopic Splenectomy. Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(9):743-747. doi:10.7150/ijms.4862. Available from

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Objective: We modified the LigaSure vessel sealing into a two-step technique without using Endo-GIA stapler for the secondary splenic pedicle control in laparoscopic splenectomy (LS). This study evaluated the efficacy and safety outcomes of this technique.

Methods: Patients (n = 105) scheduled for elective LS were consecutively and prospectively enrolled, including 24 males and 81 females, with a mean age of 43.6 (range 11-75) years. Following the mobilization of the spleen, the splenic inflow was interrupted by applying a Hem-o-lock clip. LigaSure was used to seal and transect the secondary splenic pedicles adjacent to the pancreatic tail and subsequently in proximity to the spleen.

Results: Of 105 patients, 103 patients (98.1%) underwent successful LS, whereas two patients (1.9%) required the conversion to laparotomy. The mean operative time was 100 min, whilst the mean volume of blood loss was 500 mL. No clinically significant morbidities or mortality occurred following LS. An average of 8,000 RMB (range: 6900 to 9000; 1 USD = 6.5 RMB) was saved by using this two-step technique.

Conclusion: Secondary splenic pedicles can be successfully controlled in LS by using a two-step technique with the LigaSure vessel sealing system in an economically favorable way.

Keywords: Laparoscopic splenectomy, Secondary splenic pedicle, LigaSure vessel sealing system, Endo-GIA.