Randomized clinical trial of Ligasure versus open haemorrhoidectomy.Br J Surg. 2002 Feb; 89(2):154-7.BJ
Postoperative pain associated with open haemorrhoidectomy remains problematic. Haemorrhoidectomy performed using bloodless bipolar diathermy--Ligasure--may have advantages over conventional open haemorrhoidectomy in terms of operating time and postoperative pain.
Thirty-four patients were randomized to undergo Ligasure (18 patients) or diathermy (16) haemorrhoidectomy. The operating time, amount of pain and postoperative analgesic requirement, postoperative complications and overall patient satisfaction were documented.
The median duration of operation was shorter in the Ligasure haemorrhoidectomy group (5.1 versus 9.2 min; P < 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference in the postoperative pain score, but the median analgesic requirement was lower in the Ligasure group (850 versus 1600 mg tramadol; P = 0.013). Patient satisfaction was similar in both groups.
Ligasure haemorrhoidectomy is quick and bloodless and, although as painful as diathermy haemorrhoidectomy, is associated with a reduced analgesic requirement.