Evaluation of Surgical Energy Devices for Vessel Sealing and Peripheral Energy Spread in a Porcine Model

Gregory W. Hruby, Franzo C. Marruffo, Evren Durak, Sean M. Collins, Phillip Pierorazio, Peter A. Humphrey, Mahesh M. Mansukhani, Jaime Landman

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Abstract

Purpose: Vessel sealing capabilities and the peripheral energy spread associated with currently available energy based surgical instruments were evaluated. Materials and Methods: Four groups of energy based surgical instruments were established for evaluation, including the ACE, LCS-C5 (Ethicon, Cincinnati, Ohio), LigaSure V and the prototype Trissector. In vivo vessel diameter under physiological conditions, bursting pressures and seal failure were recorded and analyzed for arteries and veins separately. After burst testing the vessels were fixed and evaluated histopathologically for peripheral energy damage. ANOVA was used to determine differences between groups. Results: The LigaSure V sealed arteries and veins with an average burst pressure of 536 and 386 mm Hg, respectively. The Harmonic ACE sealed arteries and veins with an average burst pressure of 436 and 160 mm Hg, respectively. The Harmonic LCS-C5 sealed arteries and veins with an average burst pressure of 363 and 215 mm Hg, respectively. The Trissector sealed arteries and veins with an average burst pressure of 328 and 237 mm Hg, respectively. For arteries the ACE, LCS-C5, Trissector and LigaSure V measured a full-thickness peripheral energy spread of 0.6, 0.3, 8.0 and 4.5 mm, respectively (p <0.0001). For veins the ACE, LCS-C5, Trissector and LigaSure V measured a full-thickness peripheral energy spread of 1.5, 1.3, 8.5 and 6.3 mm, respectively (p = 0.003). Conclusions: The LigaSure 5 was superior to the other devices tested regarding the ability to seal vessels up to 7 mm. The ACE is an efficient vessel sealing system with the ability to seal vessels up to 5 mm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2689-2693
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume178
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • heat
  • hemostasis
  • laparoscopy
  • surgical instruments
  • ultrasonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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