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Minerva Chirurgica 2009 April;64(2):205-10

language: Italian

US videolaparoscopic cholecystectomy: evolution of a revolutionary technique

Faccini M., Martellosio V., Marzo V,, Viezzoli A., Gatti V., Abbiati F., Fossati G. S.

Ospedale Unificato di Broni-Stradella


Aim: The present review, which lasted about six months from the beginning of March to the end of August 2008, involved 60 patients suffering from symptomatic calculosis of the gall bladder.
Methods. The patients were operated on with laparoscopy: 30 with traditional instruments, 30 using ultrasound multifunctional scissors.
Results. The numerous advantages for the patient and surgeon are immediately evident; in addition, from the economic viewpoint the procedure is advantageous compared to the traditional method because singe-use material is employed exclusively. We found less tissue trauma and a lower incidence of short-term complications, such as reoperation for faulty closure of the cystic duct and the cystic artery. It was never necessary to use permanent haemostatic clips. The use of a single instrument for gripping, sectioning and closing haematic and biliary vessels permitted faster, safer and more accurate surgery in the absence of any production of smoke.
Conclusions. In lithiasic pathology of the gall bladder, videolaparoscopy for cholecystectomy is presently considered the operation of first choice. The technique enables the surgeon to respect to the utmost the patient’s physical and mental integrity. As the third millennium dawns, technological innovation is able to bring a significant improvement to this procedure. The ultrasound dissector Ultracision® is symbolic of development and constant progress.

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