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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 157-160

Harmonic devices: The workhorse for surgical resection of vascular malformations

Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Chirayu Parwal
Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Room No. 2325, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajender Nagar, New Delhi 110060
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DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_52_17

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Management of vascular malformations is multimodal with documented role of surgical resection in specific facets of this condition. Surgical resection of these lesions is technically challenging owing to diffuse and relatively ill-defined extent with involvement of multiple tissue planes limitation of access and excessive intra-operative bleeding. An observational study was conducted in 24 cases taken up for surgical resection of vascular malformations. The cases were divided into two groups based on the hemostasis technique used: Group A: Harmonic shears (n = 12) (Ethicon Inc. Somerville, New Jersey, United States). Group B: Electrosurgery (monopolar/bipolar) with standard knot tying (n = 12). We conclude that use of harmonic scalpel in surgical resection causes less parallel tissue damage, secures haemostasis promptly, does not impede vision and aids surgical dissection thereby significantly reducing the operative time and improving the surgical outcome, typically in large vascular malformations of head and neck region.

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