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Use of surgical clips prevents suture slippage when ligating folded vas deferens during vasectomy
Hadj-Moussa Miriam ; Brown A. James ; Division of Urology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, USA
Jun 2010 (Vol. 17, Issue 3, Pages( 5213 - 5215)
PMID: 20566017

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  • OBJECTIVE: We describe a technique of surgical clip placement, which prevents slippage when ligating the folded vas deferens during vasectomy. METHODS: We utilized this technique in 25 consecutive vasectomy procedures. After isolating the vas, two mosquito clamps are placed approximately 2 cm-3 cm apart and a small 5 mm-10 mm section of full thickness vas is removed. The lumen of each cut end is cauterized. Surgical clips (Ethicon Ligaclip Extra LS-200, Medium) are placed at approximately 2 mm, 3 mm and 15 mm (on the opposite side of the hemostat) from each cut end. By rotating the hemostat, the vas is folded on itself and a 3-0 or 4-0 chromic suture is placed between the two proximal clips and distal to the third clip. The hemostat is carefully removed and the vas gently ligated. RESULTS: A single surgeon noted no instances of suture slippage in 25 consecutive vasectomies. All patients underwent postoperative semen analysis that showed azoospermia. CONCLUSION: Placement of the ligating suture between two proximal clips and past a third distal clip prevents suture slippage when ligating the folded end of the vas deferens during vasectomy.

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