2016
DOI: 10.1007/s00405-016-4190-3 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: This meta-analysis compared harmonic scalpel and LigaSure systems with the conventional clamp-and-tie technique in thyroidectomy. Medline, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases were searched until December 30, 2015. Randomized controlled studies (RCTs) or two-arm prospective studies were included. The primary outcome was operation time. The data were evaluated both by pair-wise meta-analyses and network meta-analysis within a Bayesian framework using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. Compared with the… Show more

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