Efficacy and Tolerability of Hemopatch After Hepatic Resection


Institute of Hospitalization and Scientific Care (IRCCS)




Cancer, Metastatic


Device: Hemopatch
Procedure: Common Surgical Techniques

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Previous in vitro and in vivo studies detected the Hemopatch Sealing Hemostat® to be a new versatile, self-adhering hemostatic sealing pad consisting of a polyethylene glycol-coated collagen. Initial study assessed that Hemopatch Sealing Hemostat® can be applied to seal almost any bleeding surface encountered during a range of procedures. The Authors shown that the device is eminently capable in both via laparotomy and laparoscopic approaches, and in patients with impaired coagulation or highly variable anatomies. They support the ease-of-use, application, and immediate hemostatic effect of the patch across a broad range of surgical settings and clinical applications, including solid organ, gastrointestinal, biliopancreatic, endocrine, cardiovascular, and urologic surgeries. In a recent published case report the authors reported the feasibility in using Hemopatch Sealing Hemostat® for the management of a myocardial wound, performing the procedure on cardiopulmonary bypass, which meant the patient had to be heparinized. Despite these major risk factors for bleeding Hemopatch Sealing Hemostat® managed to contain bleeding and seal the wound without needing any suture. These initial results lead up to future randomized clinical trials with more extensive follow-up to assess which is the real contribution of Hemopatch Sealing Hemostat to reduce postoperative bleeding complications in cases where mechanical or energy-driven hemostasis is not possible or insufficient.

Full description

Advances in surgical techniques have reduced the occurrence of postoperative complications following liver resection and resulted in low surgical mortality and morbidity rates in high-volume centers. Although partial liver resections for primary or secondary hepatic malignancies are considered standard interventions, intraoperative blood loss remains a risk factor associated with major complications in liver surgery [1-3]. There are several methods for reduction of blood loss, including meticulous resection technique along anatomical planes, reduction of central venous pressure during transection of the liver parenchyma [4], and vascular occlusion techniques (i.e., inflow occlusion and total vascular occlusion) [5-7]. In addition, specific instruments were devised for liver transection, such as the ultrasonic dissector, water jet, and other, more recent developments (e.g., focal radiofrequency ablation) that allow sealing of small vessels during transection [8, 9]. In order to control diffuse bleeding and to prevent intraperitoneal complications attributed to bleeding, various topical products are used when the conventional methods, such as suture, ligation, or argon beam coagulation, fail. Currently, there are numerous products on the market which are promising a successful outcome for hemostasis. These products include gelatin, collagen, oxidized regenerated cellulose, fibrin sealant glues, and synthetic glues.


98 estimated patients




18 to 75 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Hilar cholangiocarcinoma
  • Adrenal cancer metastasis
  • Breast cancer metastasis
  • Colorectal cancer metastasis
  • Ovarian cancer metastasis
  • Biliary carcinoma
  • Hemangioma
  • Hepatic adenoma
  • Focal nodular hyperplasia
  • Unilocular hydatid cyst
  • Multilocular hydatid cyst

Exclusion criteria

  • Trauma surgery
  • Active sepsis around the liver
  • Documented history of cirrhosis
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Severe coagulopathy (defined as an International normalized ratio >2.0)
  • Severe Liver disfunction, as per clinical assessment
  • Previous liver transplantation
  • Laparoscopic procedure
  • Any other intraoperative finding, which defines the no eligibility of the patient for liver resection
  • Known hypersensitivity to bovine proteins or brilliant blue
  • Mental condition rendering the patient unable to understand the nature, scope and possible consequences of the study

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Single Blind

98 participants in 2 patient groups

Hemopatch 45x90 mm - CE 0297 Class III
Experimental group
Hemopatch + Common surgical techniques
Device: Hemopatch
Standard Surgery Technique
Other group
Common surgical techniques
Procedure: Common Surgical Techniques

Trial documents

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact


Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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