The laparoscopic sponge

D. Maccabee, B. C. Sheppard

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Purpose: Hemorrhage and spillage of enteric contents during laparoscopic surgery can be problematic and obscure the operative field. Although the suction device can often clear the field, we have found that use of a sponge is often more efficient and effective. Materials and methods: An unrolled 4 × 4 sponge can be introduced down a 10-mm port without difficulty. The addition of a suture tied to one corner of the sponge allows easy retrieval of the sponge and eliminates the possibility of leaving the sponge in the abdomen. Conclusions: The laparoscopic sponge is simply constructed and is easily introduced and retrieved through a trocar. It can be used to deal with a troublesome hemorrhage, either to put on direct pressure or to absorb blood. It can also be used as a blunt retractor and dissector. With the addition of the suture tall, it is quickly retrieved and cannot be forgotten within the abdomen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1320-1321
Number of pages2
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003


  • Hemorrhage
  • Laparoscopic sponge
  • Trocar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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