Laparoscopic splenectomy

Makoto Hashizume, Keizo Sugimachi, Seigo Kitano, Mitsuo Shimada, Hideo Baba, Kiichiro Ueno, Masayuki Ohta, Morimasa Tomikawa

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A technique for laparoscopic splenectomy is described. The patient is placed in the right semidecubitus position and pneumoperitoneum is prepared. The splenic artery and vein are exposed near the hilum, using a laparoscopic ultrasonic dissector. The larger vessels are doubly ligated, and the spleen is resected and maneuvered into a nylon surgical sack; the sack is removed through a 2-cm incision along the midaxillary line. This procedure has been used for four patients requiring splenectomy for benign disease, and the outcome has been entirely satisfactory for all concerned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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