Laparoscopic splenectomy using ligasure

Norman Oneil Machado, Nayil Al Kindy, Pradeep J. Chopra

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Background: Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has become the standard approach for most splenectomy cases. Bleeding is the main complication and cause for conversion. We present our experience with the LigaSure and discuss its advantage as a vessel sealing system in achieving safe vascular control. Method: Over a 3-year period, we performed 12 consecutive LS using LigaSure at a single center. A literature review of all the patients who had undergone laparoscopic splenectomy with of the LigaSure to achieve vascular control at the hilum was carried out, assessing its advantages and outcome. Results: Twelve LS were performed. Eleven of these patients had ITP, and one patient had sickle cell disease. The mean blood loss was 70mL (range, 50 to 460), and operating time was 126 minutes (range, 110 to 240). Two postoperative complications occurred: portal vein thrombosis in one case and subphrenic collection in the other. The literature review revealed 8 studies with 231 cases in which the LigaSure was used to perform laparoscopic splenectomy. A significant reduction in operating time (average 102 minutes) and intraabdominal blood loss (66mL) was observed with the LigaSure compared with endostaplers. Conclusion: The use of LigaSure and the semilateral position results in a gain of time and safety in addition to low intraoperative bleeding, need for transfusion, minimal complications and a low conversion rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-552
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


  • Bleeding
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Ligasure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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