Use of the LigaSure™ vessel sealing system in neurofibroma excision to control postoperative bleeding

Eri Konno, Kazuo Kishi

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Background: The resection of neurofibromas in Von Recklinghausen's disease (NF-1) is frequently complicated by potentially life-threatening intraoperative and postoperative hemorrhage, due to the high tumor vascularity and tissue friability. Methods: This report describes a novel technique for the resection of neurofibromas using the LigaSure™ (Valleylab, Tyco International Healthcare, Boulder, CO) vessel sealing system. We compared five cases of NF-1 tumor removal which used this vessel sealing system, with six cases that did not, and recorded the intraoperative and postoperative blood loss, length of hospitalization, and postoperative complications. Results: In all cases employing the LigaSure™, the perioperative blood loss was less than 600 ml (30 ∼ 570 ml), and no patient developed a postoperative hematoma or other bleeding complications. In contrast, the cases not using the LigaSure™ had greater blood loss as well as a higher rate of postoperative hematomas. Conclusions: The LigaSure™ provides excellent hemostasis with few complications when used for neurofibroma removal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-817
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun



  • LigaSure™
  • Neurofibroma
  • Postoperative bleeding
  • Vessel sealing system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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