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Impact of the use of vessel sealing or harmonic scalpel on intra-hospital outcomes and the cost of thyroidectomy procedures

Fabricia Bersi da Silva, Ana Claudia de Oliveira Limoeiro, Juliana Del Bianco, Vanessa Teich, Nelson Teich, José Carlos Teixeira, [...]

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082012000300017

OBJECTIVES:To analyze the operative time, length of hospitalization and cost, as well as the bleeding and pain observed during the postoperative period, of thyroidectomy procedures using vessel sealing, harmonic scalpel or the conventional technique.METHODS:Retrospective analysis of thyroidectomies performed between 2007 and 2010 using either the conventional technique or minimally invasive techniques involving vessel sealing or a harmonic scalpel. Gender, age, primary diagnosis and procedure type were analyzed. The outcomes analyzed included the length of the procedure, length of hospital stay, […]