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AIM: This study aimed to compare the hem-o-lok polymeric clip (HC) and tri-staple (TS) methods used in dividing the splenic hilum in terms of results, and to reveal their superiority to each other.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medical records of patients undergoing elective laparoscopic splenectomy at the Ondokuz Mayis University Faculty of Medicine General Surgery Clinic between March 2011 and March 2020 were retrospectively analyzed. Forty-two laparoscopic splenectomy cases performed using hem-o-lok polymeric clip (HC) or tri-staple (TS) were included in this study. Demographic features, primary diagnoses, splenic size, intraoperative data and postoperative complications, as well as the clip and stapler prices used in the surgery were analyzed.
RESULTS: The mean operative time was significantly longer for HC group than TS group (116.7 min vs. 87.6 min, p<0.05). The mean cost of surgical instruments used to divide the splenic hilum was significantly lower for HC group than TS group (34.1 usd vs. 165.4 usd, p<0.05). There was no postoperative mortality, with a morbidity rate 6 (26.1%) for TS group and 4 (21.1%) for HC group (p>0.05). No significant difference existed in the complication rates.
CONCLUSIONS: In the HC group, the operation time was longer, but the surgical cost was significantly lower. There was no significant difference when comparing other perioperative results. Although both techniques can be applied safely, we would like to emphasize that hemostasis is the most important factor for good results.