Background
Advanced vessel sealing devices are widely used in laparoscopic surgery. However, there remains a lack of adequately powered trials comparing laparoscopic advanced vessel sealing devices in the clinical setting, especially in gynaecology.

Aims
This single‐blinded randomised controlled trial aims to compare the surgical outcomes of total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) using either the Gyrus PKS™ LYONS dissecting forceps or the LigaSure™ Maryland jaw vessel sealer/divider.

Materials and Methods
Women who required TLHs for benign indications were randomised to having their surgeries performed using either Gyrus PKS™ or LigaSure™. Time to haemostasis (from initial skin incision to detachment of the uterus with secured haemostasis) was the primary outcome; a 20% difference in time was considered clinically significant. Secondary outcomes measured were intra‐operative blood loss, complications, conversions, post‐operative analgesia use, and length of stay. This study was registered with the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12615000639516.

Results
Sixty‐four women were included in the study – 33 and 31 in the Gyrus PKS™ and LigaSure™ arms, respectively. TLHs performed by LigaSure™ had statistically significantly shorter time to haemostasis compared to Gyrus PKS™ by 10.6 min (95% CI 1.3–2.0, P = 0.03). There were no differences in any of the other secondary outcomes measured.

Conclusions
This trial suggests there is no difference between using either device. TLHs performed using LigaSure™ have statistically significantly shorter time to haemostasis than those using Gyrus PKS™; however, the difference is not considered clinically significant as it was only 14.2%. No other differences in surgical outcomes were detected.