Objective: To demonstrate the use of Chang's needle for hepatic resections.
Summary Background Data: Specialized instruments, fine surgical skills, and good control of hepatic inflow and backflow are essential for hepatic resections. This needle was specifically designed to simplify these requirements.
Methods: Whole-thickness interlocking sutures of the liver can first be made along the designed resection line with a Chang's needle; then parenchyma transection can follow without inflow or backflow control. This was consecutively performed on 69 patients with primary (41), metastatic (10), and benign (18) diseases since 1997.
Results: Blood loss during parenchyma transection was reduced in 11 right lobectomies (652 mL), 1 3-segmentectomy (300 mL), 14 bisegmentectomies (252 mL), 7 segmentectomies (104 mL), 12 subsegmentectomies (19 mL), 5 wedge resections (7 mL), 18 left lateral segmentectomies (110 mL), and 1 hepatorrhaphy (minimal). There was no procedure-related mortality. A mild bile leakage occurred in 1 case (1.5%) but healed spontaneously.
Conclusions: The preliminary results demonstrate that this maneuver is a simple, easy, and safe method for performing hepatic resections.