Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, vol.32, no.10, pp.1126-1129, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)
Background: Laparoscopic appendectomy has long been in the process of replacing open appendectomy owing to a better wound healing, better cosmetic appearance, less pain, and less postoperative adhesion. Although there are many methods for ligating the appendix stump, studies on energy-based coagulation methods have attracted great interest in recent years. In our study, we aimed to compare the use of LigaSure™ appendiceal sealing and ligation of appendiceal stump by endoloop with regard to duration of surgery, length of hospital stay, and complications in laparoscopic appendectomies. Materials and Methods: A total of 174 consecutive patients under the age of 18 who underwent laparoscopic appendectomy in our clinic between September 2016 and February 2021 were retrospectively analyzed. Patients with perforated appendicitis were excluded from the study. The patients were divided into two groups as the appendix stump was ligated with endoloop (Group 1) and sealed with LigaSure (Group 2). Demographic characteristics of the patients, duration of surgery, length of hospital stay, and complications were recorded. Results: Of the 132 patients who were included in the study, Group 1 consisted of patients using endoloop (n = 39) and Group 2 comprised patients that LigaSure was employed (n = 93). There was no significant difference between Groups 1 and 2 in terms of age and length of hospital stay (P = .126 and P = .784, respectively); however, the operation time was found to be significantly shorter in Group 2 (P < .001). Conclusion: The use of LigaSure is a safe and fast method to seal the mesoappendix and appendix stump in pediatric laparoscopic appendectomy. We think that infection complications due to stump leakage and intra-abdominal spillage will less be encountered.