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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 300-305

Sutureless focus harmonic thyroidectomy versus conventional clamping and knot-tying technique

Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Basrah University, Basrah, Iraq

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Ibrahim Falih Noori
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Basrah University, Basrah
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/MJBL.MJBL_45_18

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Background: Thyroidectomy is the most frequent procedure in endocrine surgery. Since thyroid is the highly vascular organ, therefore, prompt and meticulous hemostasis is extremely important. Although conventional thyroidectomy is used frequently with acceptable outcomes, it is time-consuming and resulted in significant intraoperative blood loss with possible risk of injury to parathyroid glands and laryngeal nerves. The advent of ultrasonically activated focus harmonic device in thyroid surgery was encouraging for improving safety, effectiveness, and reduction of operative time. Aim of this Study: The purpose of this study was to analyze the effectiveness and surgical outcomes of using ultrasonic harmonic scalpel for thyroid surgery compared to conventional techniques(clamping and suture ligation(knots tying) and electrocautery. Patients and Methods: This is a prospective, randomized study in which 64patients with various types of goiters presented for thyroidectomy. The patients were divided into two comparable groups. GroupA(32patients) included patients who had focus harmonic thyroidectomy and GroupB(32patients) included patients who received conventional thyroidectomy. Results: Focus harmonic thyroidectomy showed significant reduction in operative time, intraoperative blood loss, volume of postoperative fluid drainage, and postoperative pain scores compared with conventional thyroidectomy. There were no significant differences in the incidence of postoperative hypocalcemia and laryngeal nerve injury between both the groups. The total cost of focus harmonic thyroidectomy and hospital stay were also less compared with conventional techniques. Conclusions: Focus harmonic thyroidectomy was a safe, effective, faster, and beneficial alternative to conventional technique since it reduces the time of surgery, blood loss, postoperative drainage, and pain with comparable postoperative complications.

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