First Surgical Unit, Department of Surgery, "Gr.T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, "St. Spiridon" Hospital Iaşi, Romania. firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of liver resections significantly increased worldwide in the last 20 years. In many hepatic tumours, liver resection remains the best therapeutic option. A difficult intraoperative goal is to obtain a safe haemostasis on the transection plane. Technological innovation in recent decades allowed the development of different tools that allow better control of bleeding, faster and easier haemostasis.
We prospectively reviewed the patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma who underwent an atypical liver resection using a radio frequency (RF) ablation.
We used a Habib™ 4X bipolar, handheld, disposable RF ablation device. The technique is similar to parenchymal approach, but after the operative ultrasound exam to confirm the tumour and resection plane and liver mobilisation, we perform a plane of coagulative necrosis around the tumour using Habib™ 4X. The parenchyme is then sectioned using the scalpel.
19 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma were included in this study. The mean operative blood loss volume was 170±90.7 ml. The mean operation time was 118±58 min. The postoperative morbidity rate was 32% (n=6) and the reintervention rate was 5.3% (n=1). We encountered no postoperative deaths. The overall mean postoperative stay was 11.6±5.1 days.
Bipolar radiofrequency device Habib™ 4X allows a shorter operative time with minimal blood loss and low rate of morbidity and mortality.