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Hepatogastroenterology. 2013 Sep;60(126):1302-6.

Safety and cost-effectiveness analysis of laparoscopic splenectomy by secondary pedicle division using monopolar electrocautery.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

The expense of laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has limited its use in developing countries, while medical costs are increasing worldwide. In this study, we performed LS by secondary pedicle division using monopolar electrocautery to achieve cost savings.

METHODOLOGY:

Over seven years, we performed 45 consecutive LSs by secondary pedicle division using monopolar electrocautery (n=17) or ultrasonic shears (n=28) at a single center. These were reviewed to assess outcome and cost.

RESULTS:

Mean operating time was 179.7min, 7 conversions to open operation (15.6%) were necessary. There were four postoperative complications (8.9%) and no deaths. Twenty-three of 28 (82.1%) patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura developed a long-term positive response; and mean operative cost was RMB6,577 (US$1,034), which was much lower than that of Endo-GIATM in published reports. Between the monopolar electrocautery and ultrasonic shears groups, there were no significant differences in demographic characteristics or intraoperative and postoperative details, but operative cost was significantly lower in the former (RMB4,416, US$696 vs. RMB7,889, US$1,243; p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

LS by secondary pedicle division using monopolar electrocautery is safe, efficacious and economical.

PMID:
23425810
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