Laparoscopic appendectomy using the LigaSure™ vessel sealing system

Horng Ren Yang, Yu Chun Wang, Ping Kuei Chung, Long Bin Jeng, Ray Jade Chen

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Background: Laparoscopic appendectomy is increasingly being employed to treat acute appendicitis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the LigaSure™ Vessel Sealing System (Valleylab, Boulder, CO) in laparoscopic appendectomy. Patients and Methods: Laparoscopic appendectomy was performed using the LigaSure system in 15 patients who had a preoperative diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Results: In two patients, the operation was converted to open appendectomy. The mean operative time was 47 minutes (range, 22-120 minutes). There was no evidence of any complications related to the use of the LigaSure system. Neither surgical endoclips nor an endostapler were used in any patient. Conclusion: Laparoscopic appendectomy using the LigaSure system is a safe and efficient procedure for acute appendicitis. Use of the LigaSure system in laparoscopic appendectomy may simplify the operative procedure and reduce the operative time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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