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Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery

, Volume 397, Issue 5, pp 817–823 | Cite as

The safety of energy-based devices in open thyroidectomy: a prospective, randomised study comparing the LigaSure™ (LF1212) and the Harmonic® FOCUS

  • Gianlorenzo DionigiEmail author
  • Luigi Boni
  • Stefano Rausei
  • Francesco Frattini
  • Cesare Carlo Ferrari
  • Alberto Mangano
  • Andrea Leotta
  • Marco Franchin
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Abstract

Purpose

The options for haemostasis and dissection during modern thyroid surgery include the use of a bipolar vessel sealing system and ultrasonic technology. The aim of this study was to compare these energy-based devices (EBDs) with respect to their use in open thyroidectomy.

Methods

The FOCUS Shear (F) and LigaSure LF1212 (L) were evaluated. A total of 182 consecutive patients scheduled for open thyroidectomy were prospectively randomised into two similarly sized groups. The parameters of operative time, morbidity, incision length, postoperative pain and hospital stay were analysed.

Results

The main clinically primary endpoints of the two devices were identical in the study as the rate of nerve lesions, bleeding, drainage, operative time and postoperative calcium concentration with no significant differences with respect to the instrument utilised. The mean length of the incision was greater in the F group (p < 0.05). Patients in the F group were more likely to complain of pain while swallowing (p < 0.001). Early postoperative measurements of intact parathyroid hormone plasma levels revealed that although the levels were within the reference range, they were significantly lower in the F group (p < 0.001). Oral calcium supplementation was significantly higher and more prolonged in the F group.

Conclusions

The present study demonstrated no significant difference in the rates of postoperative morbidity associated with these two different EBDs used. Differences in clinically less significant were founded and focused on.

Keywords

Thyroidectomy Energy-based devices Morbidity Recurrent laryngeal nerve Hypocalcaemia 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Kimberly Krugman for general support, technical assistance and helpful discussions.

Conflicts of interest

Authors and institutions mentioned in this study do not have any competing interest. This specific report does not endorse any specific company. Johnson and Johnson which manufactures the FOCUS device provided the instrument. Covidien which manufactures the LigaSure provided the instruments. Medtronic provided the monitoring device. The protocol was formally approved by an independent local institutional review board of the Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Insubria (Varese–Como), Italy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianlorenzo Dionigi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luigi Boni
    • 1
  • Stefano Rausei
    • 1
  • Francesco Frattini
    • 1
  • Cesare Carlo Ferrari
    • 1
  • Alberto Mangano
    • 1
  • Andrea Leotta
    • 1
  • Marco Franchin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgical SciencesUniversity of InsubriaVarese–ComoItaly

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