Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


Ahmet Türkoğlu, Abdullah Oğuz, Gizem Yaman, Mesut Gül, Burak Veli Ülger

Department of General Surgery, Dicle University School of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey


Objective: Various techniques are used in the management of splenic hilum during laparoscopic splenectomy. Among them, the most used ones are polymer clips, en-bloc stapling and ultrasonic devices. To the best of our knowledge, there is no study in the literature comparing the results of clip and stapler techniques. This study was aimed to compare our results of clip ligation and en-bloc stapling of the splenic hilum.

Material and Methods: The records of 67 patients undergoing laparoscopic splenectomy between December 2012 and October 2017 were reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups according to surgical method (stapler group: 26 patients and clip group: 41 patients). Patient age, sex, diagnosis, surgical technique, operation time, spleen dimensions, perioperative complications, postoperative hospital stay, blood transfusions, postoperative thrombocyte and hemoglobin levels were recorded.

Results: Operating time was median 115 min (75-230) in the stapler group and 120 min (60-210) in the clip group, and there was no significant difference between the groups (p= 0.2593). There were no significant difference between the groups in terms of the postoperative complications (p= 0.59). Postoperative hospital stay was median 3.5 (2-8) days in the stapler group and 3 (2-6) days in the clip group with no significant difference (p= 0.0733).

Conclusion: Clip ligation and en-bloc stapling techniques have no superiority over each other. Our results also showed that both techniques are safe and feasible. We suggest opting for the method according to the surgeon’s experience and hospital facilities.

Keywords: Laparoscopic splenectomy, clip ligation, en-bloc stapling

Cite this article as: Türkoğlu A, Oğuz A, Yaman G, Gül M, Ülger BV. Laparoscopic splenectomy: clip ligation or en-bloc stapling? Turk J Surg 2019; 35 (4): 273-277.


Ethics Committee Approval

Approval from the ethics committee of Dicle University School of Medicine was obtained (239/19.09.2018).

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - A.T., A.O.; Design - A.T., A.O.; Supervision - A.T., A.O.; Data Collection and/or Processing - G.Y.; Literature Search - A.T.; Writing Manuscript - A.T., G.Y.; Critical Reviews - A.O., M.G., B.V.Ü.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.