Effect of transcervical arterial ligation on the severity of postoperative hemorrhage after transoral robotic surgery

Mark Kubik, Rajarsi Mandal, William Albergotti, Umamaheswar Duvvuri, Robert L. Ferris, Seungwon Kim

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Abstract

Background: The value of transcervical arterial ligation during transoral robotic surgery (TORS) as a measure to decrease postoperative bleeding incidence or severity is unclear. Methods: A retrospective single institution study was performed to identify risk factors for hemorrhage after TORS for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Results: Overall, 13.2% of patients (35/265) experience postoperative hemorrhage. T classification, perioperative use of anticoagulants, surgeon experience >50 cases, and tumor subsite were not predictors of postoperative hemorrhage. Of this cohort, 28% underwent prophylactic arterial ligation. The overall incidence of bleeding was not significantly decreased in patients who underwent arterial ligation (12.1% vs 13.6%; p =.84). However, arterial ligation significantly reduced the incidence of major and severe bleeding events (1.3% vs 7.8%; p =.04). Radiation before TORS was a risk factor for major and severe postoperative hemorrhage (p <.02). Conclusion: Transcervical arterial ligation during TORS may reduce the severity of postoperative hemorrhagic events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1510-1515
Number of pages6
JournalHead and Neck
Volume39
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • arterial ligation
  • hemorrhage
  • robotic surgery
  • transoral robotic surgery (TORS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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