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Br J Surg. 2007 Aug;94(8):937-42.

Randomized clinical trial of LigaSure and conventional diathermy haemorrhoidectomy.

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Department of Surgery, Tor Vergata University Hospital, Rome, Italy. marcog.muzi@ptvonline.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this randomized prospective trial was to compare LigaSure and conventional diathermy haemorrhoidectomy.

METHODS:

Two hundred and eighty-four patients with grade III or IV haemorrhoids were randomized to LigaSure or diathermy (Milligan-Morgan) haemorrhoidectomy as a day-case procedure. Operating time, postoperative pain score, hospital stay, postoperative complications, wound healing time and time to return to normal activities were assessed. Thirty-four patients were lost to follow-up.

RESULTS:

The mean operating time for LigaSure haemorrhoidectomy was significantly shorter than that for diathermy (P = 0.011). Patients treated with LigaSure had significantly less postoperative pain (measured on a visual analogue scale; P = 0.010), a shorter wound healing time (defined as time to absence of swelling; P = 0.012) and less time off work (P = 0.010) than patients who had diathermy. Neither postoperative complications nor mean hospital stay (day-case surgery) were significantly different.

CONCLUSION:

LigaSure haemorrhoidectomy demonstrates simplicity, reproducibility, a low complication rate, fast wound healing, a quick return to work and reduced postoperative pain.

PMID:
17636512
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.5904
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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