© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Purpose: To evaluate the impact of using monopolar thermal coagulation based on radiofrequency (RF) currents on intraoperative blood loss during liver resection. Materials and methods: A prospective randomised controlled trial was planned. Patients undergoing hepatectomy were randomised into two groups. In the control group (n = 10), hemostasis was obtained with a combination of stitches, vessel-sealing bipolar RF systems, sutures or clips. In the monopolar radiofrequency coagulation (MRFC) group (n = 18), hemostasis was mainly obtained using an internally cooled monopolar RF electrode. Results: No differences in demographic or clinical characteristics were found between groups. Mean blood loss during liver resection in the control group was more than twice that of the MRFC group (556 ± 471 ml vs. 225 ± 313 ml, p =.02). The adjusted mean bleeding/transection area was also significantly higher in the control group (7.0 ± 3.3 ml/cm 2 vs. 2.8 ± 4.0 ml/cm 2 , p =.006). No significant differences were observed in the rate of complications between the groups. Conclusions: The findings suggest that the monopolar electrocoagulation created with an internally cooled RF electrode considerably reduces intraoperative blood loss during liver resection.
|Journal||International Journal of Hyperthermia|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Feb 2017|
- cooled electrode
- liver surgery
- monopolar RF coagulation
- surgical resection