Ultrasonically Activated Device for Parenchymal Division During Open Liver Resection

  • Paolo Limongelli
  • Andrea Belli
  • Luigi Cioffi
  • Gianluca Russo
  • Alberto D’Agostino
  • Corrado Fantini
  • Giulio BelliEmail author


Over the past decades, liver surgery has gained wide acceptance as a main therapeutic option for patients with both benign and malignant lesions. The introduction of new technological devices has gained popularity among liver surgeons with the aim of improving safety of resection and reducing procedure-related complications such as bile leakage, hematoma, and infections. In this chapter, we review the usefulness of the ultrasonic activated device (USAD) for dissection of liver parenchyma during open liver resection. In open surgery, this device can be used for blunt preparation, cutting, and coagulation, which are achieved by local thermal denaturation resulting from longitudinal vibration of the blade. Both thermal spreading and conduction have been shown to be significantly lower when compared with electrocoagulation and laser. Though there is a lack of data based on well-conducted controlled studies and further studies on a greater number of patients are needed, according to our experience, utilization of USAD may help to minimize blood loss during liver resection regardless of the condition of the liver, even in case of cirrhosis.


Open liver surgery Technological devices  Ultrasonic activated device  Parenchymal division  Intraoperative blood loss 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Limongelli
    • 1
  • Andrea Belli
    • 1
  • Luigi Cioffi
    • 1
  • Gianluca Russo
    • 1
  • Alberto D’Agostino
    • 1
  • Corrado Fantini
    • 1
  • Giulio Belli
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of General and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary SurgeryS.M. Loreto Nuovo HospitalNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of General and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary SurgeryS. M. Loreto Nuovo Hospital Via A. VespucciNaplesItaly

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