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  Global Journal of Surgery. Volume 2, Issue 4 (2011) pp. 155-161
  Research Article
LigaSure versus ligature in thyroidectomy: A controlled randomized trial
  Mahmoud F. Sakr, Tarek Y. Koraitim, Mohamed M. Moussa  
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alexandria, Egypt Surgical Division, Ahmadi Hospital, KOC, Kuwait Oil Company 14th Avenue, #21, North Ahmadi, Ahmadi State of Kuwait
  Objective: To compare operative details and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing LigaSure thyroidectomy (LT) or conventional thyroidectomy (CT). Experimental: Ninety-four patients requiring thyroidectomy at Ahmadi Hospital, Kuwait, were randomly allocated to undergo LT (n=48) or CT (n=46). Patients’ demographics, operative details, hospital stay, time off-work, and postoperative pain and complications were all recorded. Results and Discussion: There were 83 women and 11 men, with a mean age of 37.5?8.9 years. There were no statistically significant differences in age, gender, indication for surgery, and length of incision between both groups. LT resulted in significantly shorter operative time, reduced blood loss, lesspost-operative pain and parenteral analgesia, shorter hospital stay, and more rapid return to work. There were no significant differences in post-operative complications between both groups. Conclusions: LT is as safe as CT, with the additional benefit of reduced operative time,less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay and more rapid return to work.
  Thyroidectomy; LigaSure; Ligature; Hemostasis; Hypoparathyroidism  

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