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Efficacy of the electrothermal bipolar vessel sealer in laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy with conservation of the splenic artery and vein

O Suzuki, E Tanaka, S Hirano, M Suzuoki, H Hashida, T Ichimura, N Sagawa, T Shichinohe, S Kondo
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 2009, 13 (1): 155-8
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INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy (LSPDP) with conservation of the splenic artery and vein has recently been performed as a minimally invasive surgery to retain splenic function in the treatment of pancreatic diseases. As the branches of the splenic vessels are very delicate, division of these branches increases the risk of bleeding.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: To overcome this problem, we have used the electrothermal bipolar vessel sealer (EBVS) to divide branches of the splenic vessels in LSPDP while conserving the splenic vessels themselves.

RESULTS: The EBVS reliably provided excellent and safe hemostasis, minimizing the risk of serious blood loss.

CONCLUSION: Use of the EBVS is safe and efficient in LSPDP with conservation of the splenic vessels.

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