Safety of endoscopic procedures with monopolar versus bipolar instruments in an ex vivo porcine model

Kensuke Shinmura, Hiroaki Ikematsu, Motohiro Kojima, Hiroshi Nakamura, Shozo Osera, Yusuke Yoda, Keisuke Hori, Yasuhiro Oono, Atsushi Ochiai, Tomonori Yano

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Background: Monopolar instruments are generally used in colorectal endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). Bipolar instruments have previously been reported to be as safe as monopolar instruments. We sought to compare the safety of the monopolar and bipolar snare and hemostatic forceps in an animal model. Methods: We created 5-mm, 10-mm, and 15-mm target lesions on an ex vivo porcine rectum. Two lesions of each size were resected via monopolar polypectomy (M-P), monopolar EMR (M-E), bipolar polypectomy (B-P), and bipolar EMR (B-E). We performed a pathological evaluation of the conditions of perforation and the effects of burning on the tissues. In addition, we burned the muscularis propria covered with submucosal layer using monopolar and bipolar hemostatic forceps and performed pathological evaluations. Results: Polypectomy and EMR were performed in a total of 24 target lesions. A perforation was found on histology in one case of M-P and one case of M-E after removing target lesions of 15 mm in diameter. There were no perforations during endoscopic resection using the bipolar snare. The thermal denaturation in B-P did not reach the muscularis propria layer regardless of the size of the target lesion. Although thermal damage after using monopolar hemostatic forceps was extensive, thermal denaturation was only seen on the surface of the submucosal layer when bipolar hemostatic forceps were used. Conclusions: Bipolar instruments cause less damage to the tissue than monopolar instruments. Our results also suggest that bipolar instruments may be safer than monopolar instruments in endoscopic procedures for colorectal lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalBMC Gastroenterology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 31 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bipolar instrument
  • Colorectal endoscopic resection
  • Monopolar instrument

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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