Harmonic™ vs. Electrocautery in Abdominoplasties
|First Received Date ICMJE||July 24, 2007|
|Last Updated Date||July 24, 2007|
|Start Date ICMJE||October 2006|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Current Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||Total volume (mL) from the time of drain placement to time of drain removal. [ Time Frame: from the time of drain placement to time of drain removal ]|
|Original Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Change History||No Changes Posted|
|Current Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||Total number of hours from drain placement to drain removal [ Time Frame: from drain placement to drain removal ]|
|Original Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Current Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Brief Title ICMJE||Harmonic™ vs. Electrocautery in Abdominoplasties|
|Official Title ICMJE||A Randomized, Prospective, Parallel Group Study Comparing the Harmonic™ to Electrocautery in Abdominoplasties|
the objective of this study is to determine if the use of The Harmonic™ (an ultrasonic surgical instrument) in abdominolipectomy (tummy tuck)reduces volume and duration of wound drainage after surgery when compared to electrocautery.
Abdominolipectomy is performed to correct abdominal skin and fat redundancy and muscle diastases. Persistent serous wound drainage and seromas are the most common complications in abdominolipectomy. The rate of serous fluid collection determines the time drains need to remain in place. Although suction drains reduce seroma formation, prolonged use can delay healing, cause injury, and increase the risk of retrograde infection and patient discomfort. Wound drainage has a direct correlation with seroma formation. The loss of protein nutrients and minerals in the serum drained is also a concern with prolonged drainage that can result in healing delays.
The Harmonic™ technology uses ultrasonic energy that allows both cutting and coagulating at the precise point of application. The Harmonic™ has been used since 1992 predominantly in urology and gastro-intestinal surgery (laparoscopic surgery). Significantly reduced serous drainage in a number of general surgery procedures such as superficial and total parotidectomy; thyroidectomy; tonsillectomy; pectoralis major myocutaneous flap dissection; axillary dissection; and lymphadenectomy have been reported with the use Harmonic™.
The Harmonic™ has also been used in parotidectomy and maxillofacial surgery, but its use has been seldom mentioned in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Recent use of the Harmonic™ has shown promise in plastic and reconstructive surgery in dissection of the pectoralis major myocutaneous flap and total body lifts.
Comparisons: The Harmonic™ vs. electrocautery in abdominolipectomy.
|Study Type ICMJE||Interventional|
|Study Phase||Not Provided|
|Study Design ICMJE||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Condition ICMJE||Skin and Fat Redundancy and Muscle Diastases|
|Study Arm (s)||Active Comparator: ELECTROCAUTERY
Elesurgical instruments are used to cut and coagulate tissue using alternatig electric current focusing intense heat at the surgical site. In electrosurgery, the patient is included in the circuit and current enters the patient's body.
|Publications *||Not Provided|
* Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
|Recruitment Status ICMJE||Completed|
|Completion Date||June 2007|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Eligibility Criteria ICMJE||
Subjects eligible for this clinical research study must fulfill all of the following criteria:
Subjects with any of the following criteria are not eligible to participate in this clinical research study:
|Ages||18 Years and older|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers||Yes|
|Contacts ICMJE||Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects|
|Location Countries ICMJE||Germany, Mexico, Argentina, United States|
|NCT Number ICMJE||NCT00506740|
|Other Study ID Numbers ICMJE||CI-06-0002|
|Has Data Monitoring Committee||No|
|Responsible Party||Not Provided|
|Study Sponsor ICMJE||Ethicon Endo-Surgery|
|Collaborators ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Information Provided By||Ethicon Endo-Surgery|
|Verification Date||July 2007|
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