The aim of this study was to compare lateral thermal damage of the appendix and clinical outcomes after laparoscopic appendectomy using new versus reused Harmonic scalpels.


A total of 100 consecutive patients with acute appendicitis who underwent laparoscopic appendectomy were enrolled in the two-center, randomized clinical trial. Using a computer random number generator, patients were allocated to new or reused group. Histopathological measurement of lateral thermal damage of the appendiceal base and mesoappendix, speed of transection of the appendiceal base, duration of surgery, subjective rating of device functionality, length of hospital stay, and complications were compared within groups…

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