bipolar electrocautery

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1. an apparatus for surgical dissection and hemostasis, using heat generated by a high-voltage, high-frequency alternating current passed through an electrode.
2. the cauterization of tissue using such an instrument.
bipolar electrocautery an electrocautery in which both active and return electrodes are incorporated into a single handheld instrument, so that the current passes between the tips of the two electrodes and affects only a small amount of tissue.
monopolar electrocautery (unipolar electrocautery) an electrocautery in which current is applied through a handheld active electrode and travels back to the generator through an inactive electrode attached to the patient (the grounding pad), so that the patient is part of the electrical circuit.
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Conversely Sadikoglu et al reported that the healing of the tonsillar fossa occurred significantly later with PlasmaKnife tonsillectomy and bipolar electrocautery tonsillectomy than with cold dissection.
In their comparative study conducted on adult patients using TWS and bipolar electrocautery, Karatzias et al.
Bipolar electrocautery is the method which causes the least temperature rise in the surrounding tissues among these 3 methods.
The endoscope was controlled by the assistant while the primary surgeon performs blunt dissection with micro McCabe forceps, Debakeys and irrigating bipolar electrocautery through the same single incision.
The lesion was excised to its base and cauterized with bipolar electrocautery. Absorbable packing was placed on the surgical bed.
Division of vessels and bile ducts can be achieved by silk sure ligation, bipolar electrocautery, or vascular clips.
In an excellent article discussing the fundamentals of electrocautery devices, Zinder and Parker describe an incident of an inadvertent oral commissure burn from a bipolar electrocautery handpiece contacting the oral commissure during a routine tonsillectomy.
Obviously, the fact that our results differ from those of other studies does not mean that our data are unreliable; rather it suggests that more studies are indicated, in fact, we are planning another prospective study of bipolar electrocautery for hemostasis to explore its influence on the rate of primary hemorrhage.