Electrosurgery has become one of the most widely utilized technologies available to surgeons. Doctors use electrosurgery in more than 80% percent of the cases that require surgery and across a variety of surgical specialties. Physicians use this prominent technology for routine wart, hair and spider vein removal performed in their offices, as well as for intricate transplant, orthopedic and open heart procedures performed in the operating room (OR).Read More
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Warts are annoying and unsightly, but modern medicine is constantly devising new ways to treat them. Aside from chemical treatments, which can cause allergic reactions or blistering, physicians can rely on surgical methods with state-of-the-art devices to quickly and safely remove the growth. In the past, a blade may have been the only choice for wart removal. Today’s devices offer options for electrosurgery, laser treatment, and cryotherapy.Read More
The demand for electrosurgery is rising, not only in the United States, but in many other countries as well. A recent Prnewswire report on a market research study indicates that the market demand for electrosurgery is set to grow to 4.0 billion by 2019.Read More
Electrosurgery is simply defined as a surgical procedure that uses a high frequency electric current to heat biological tissue in order to cut, coagulate or fulgurate the tissue. Electrosurgery has been successfully used in dermatology, gynecology, plastic surgery, urology, and in some veterinary applications.Read More
Plasma, the high-energy process that strips atoms of their electrons produces ionized gas, which flows at a temperature that can exceed 100,000 degrees Celsius. Although it’s commonly referred to as the fourth state of matter after solids, liquids and gases, in actuality, hot plasma represents the first state of matter because it makes up 99 percent of the visible universe in terms of both mass and volume and probably the majority of the invisible universe.Read More
The Bovie Medical Corporation is a leader in electrosurgical equipment including many veterinary applications. Because of the healing advantages for animals and the long term cost benefits for the practitioner, the use of tools for veterinary electrosurgery is on the rise. When making the move to electrosurgery, it's important to learn how to use the devices properly to get the results you desire. And, it’s important to be safety minded when taking advantage of these advancing technologies.
In today's world of advanced technology, the use of energy based devices in the operating room appears to be coming more commonplace - as well it should be. Time and again these technologically advanced devices make it possible for surgery to be completed more quickly and efficiently. As Wikipedia explains it, devices such as lasers, ultrasonic or harmonic devices as well as cold plasma and electrosurgical units help to prevent blood loss during surgery through the process of electrocoagulation. And as pointed out in an earlier blog post, excessive bleeding can make it difficult, if not impossible, to find and remove tumors and masses (hence the birth of electrosurgery).
The number of energy based devices for medical purposes has increased considerably in the past few years. However, these surgical tools are not like computers. They do not replace one another and leave the prior model useless.
Electrosurgical devices have revolutionized surgery. Blood loss and other collateral damage from traditional surgical methods have long plagued patients and doctors with unwanted complications. With applications ranging from gynecological and cardiac surgeries to spinal and neurological procedures, electrosurgical generators are making surgery a safer and more effective alternative for people everywhere. However, as with any technology, there are misconceptions about electrosurgery. Here are a handful of tips to clear up the confusion.
Using electrosurgery for skin lesions is not a new practice in the medical field. More than a decade ago, Dr. Barry L. Hainer and Dr. Richard B Usatine published an article titled "Electrosurgery for the Skin", stating: