Pediatric splenectomy for spherocytosis with Ligasure V vessel sealing system & ForceTriad generator
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2009;09(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2472
Spherocytosis is a hemolytic disorder with marked heterogeneity of clinical features, ranging from asymptomatic conditions to fulminant hemolytic anemias. Laparoscopic splenectomy is a feasible and safe technique in the hands of skilled laparoscopic surgeons. The special characteristics of the spleen, that may pose a number of technical difficulties (patient position, organ mobilization and retrieval) are explained in this video, permitting the advantages of laparoscopic surgery to become available to patients with spherocytosis that need splenectomy.