LigasureTM hemorrhoidectomy is an effective treatment for prolapsing hemorrhoids.
However, there may be damage to the anal sphincters.
In this study, researchers from Harlow, England, evaluated patients who had previously been included in a randomized trial comparing open and LigasureTM hemorrhoidectomy.
|Minor incontinence was reported in 5 patients in the LigasureTM group.|
The team contacted the patients by postal questionnaire.
In the questionnaire patients were asked to evaluate their overall satisfaction and continence 12 months post-operatively.
There were 13 patients who underwent open and 17 who underwent LigasureTM hemorrhoidectomy.
The team found that 3 patients in the open group and 2 in the LigasureTM group were unhappy with the result.
In addition, minor incontinence was reported in 5 patients in the LigasureTM group and 2 in the open group.
Dr Lawes and colleagues concluded, “Patient satisfaction and post-operative continence scores at 1 year post operatively are comparable for open and LigasureTM hemorrhoidectomy”.