Publications by authors named "Christian Fremling"

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Ultrasonically activated scalpel compared with electrocautery in tonsillectomy.

ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 2004 ;66(3):136-40

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Turku University Central Hospital, Turku, Finland.

The occurrence of postoperative bleeding, the quantity of operative bleeding and the duration of operation were retrospectively evaluated in 407 patients who underwent tonsillectomy within a 32-month period. They were operated on with either an ultrasonically activated scalpel (UAS), bipolar diathermy (BPD) or blunt dissection with monopolar diathermy (MPD) with the following results. (1) Primary bleeding was more common with MPD: MPD 7.1% vs. BPD 2.4% (p < 0.01) vs. UAS 1.0% (p < 0.001). Secondary bleeding was more common with UAS: UAS 19.6% vs. MPD 14.5% (p < 0.001) vs. BPD 14.5% (p < 0.01). There was no statistical significance in the differences between overall postoperative bleeding rates. (2) There was statistically significantly less operative bleeding with UAS:UAS 24.8 ml vs. MPD 58.7 ml vs. BPD 43.8 ml. (3) On the other hand, the operation time was on average longer with UAS: UAS 32.3 min vs. MPD 18.4 min vs. BPD 22.1 min. Our results suggest that UAS offers no significant advantage over MPD or BPD in tonsillectomy other than minimal operative bleeding possibly due to longer duration of operation.
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November 2004