Easier hepatic resections with a straight needle

Yu Chung Chang, Naofumi Nagasue, Xi Zhang Lin, Chu San Chen

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Background: A stainless-sheathed, straight needle with a hook near the top of the inner needle was designed to facilitate hepatic resections. Methods: First, using this needle, two rows of interlocking mattress sutures were made along the division line; then, hepatic transection was performed between these rows by electrocautery or forceps. Results: Since 1997, we have performed this kind of hepatic resections in 43 cases, including 9 right lobectomies, 5 bisegmentectomies, 7 segmentectomies, 4 subsegmentectomies, 2 partial hepatectomies, 15 left lateral segmentectomies, and 1 hepatorrhaphy. In most cases, intraoperative hemorrhage was minimal. Neither specified inflow nor backflow control procedures were needed. Conclusion: Use of this needle may reduce the difficulty of the technique and blood loss for right hepatic lobectomy, left lateral segmentectomy, and some segmental or partial hepatectomy procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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