electrocautery


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electrocautery

 [e-lek″tro-kaw´ter-e]
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.

e·lec·tro·cau·ter·y

(ē-lek'trō-kaw'tĕr-ē),
1. An instrument for directing a high frequency current through a local area of tissue.
2. A metal cauterizing instrument heated by an electric current.
Synonym(s): electric cautery

electrocautery

/elec·tro·cau·tery/ (-kaw´ter-e) an apparatus for surgical dissection and hemostasis, using heat generated by a high-voltage, high-frequency alternating current passed through an electrode.

electrocautery

(ĭ-lĕk′trō-kô′tə-rē)
n. pl. electrocauter·ies
1. A cautery heated by an electric current.
2. The cauterization of tissue by such an instrument.

electrocautery

[ilek′trōkô′tərē]
Etymology: Gk, elektron + kauterion, branding iron
the application of a needle or snare heated by electric current for the destruction of tissue, such as for removing warts or polyps and cauterizing small blood vessels to limit blood loss during surgery. Also called electric cautery, galvanic cautery, galvanocautery. See also diathermy.

e·lec·tro·cau·ter·y

(ĕ-lek'trō-kaw'tĕr-ē)
An instrument for directing a high frequency current through a local area of tissue.

electrocautery

The use of an electric current to destroy or coagulate tissue. High-frequency electrical heating (diathermy) is a convenient way of stopping bleeding during a surgical operation and is often used as a quick alternative to tying off small bleeding vessels.

electrocautery

; hyfrecator electrical apparatus emitting high-frequency electric current; used to create local tissue destruction

e·lec·tro·cau·ter·y

(ĕ-lek'trō-kaw'tĕr-ē)
An instrument for directing a high frequency current through a local area of tissue.

electrocautery

cauterization of tissue by means of an electrode that consists of a red hot piece of metal, such as a wire, held in a holder, and is heated by either direct or alternating current. The term electrocautery is used to refer to both the procedure and the instrument used in the procedure.
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1,11,15,17) Noordzij and Affleck (1) and Aksoy et al (16) observed no difference in wound healing between adults who underwent tonsillectomy with monopolar electrocautery and those treated with radiofrequency.
Comparison of outcomes and cost in patients undergoing tonsillectomy with electrocautery and thermal welding.
Electrocautery is mainly used for haemostasis and less often for skin incisions.
Operative reports were reviewed for surgeon, resident involvement, the type of electrocautery used, tumour size, and whether additional cold cup biopsies were taken.
Bipolar electrocautery is the method which causes the least temperature rise in the surrounding tissues among these 3 methods.
In this study we aimed to investigate how the endothelial wall and blood flow of radial artery (RA) are affected differently with the usages of ultrasonic scalpel and conventional electrocautery.
It can be confused with two different types of skin cancer, so it is important to be sure of the diagnosis before removing it, especially if, as in Jim's case electrocautery is used.
The HG Surgery System combines the company's proprietary high-frequency electrocautery knife UES-40S with a special resectoscope electrode to perform a transurethral resection in saline (TURis).
Electrocautery (destroying the wart with an electrically-heated needle).
Other methods include using a scalpel instead of electrocautery to minimize skin damage; placing the patient in various positions to make it easier to stitch the skin together; and using permanent, rather than absorbable, stitches placed deeper in the tissue.