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harmonic scalpel

Surgery An ultrasound-powered cutting tool that cuts and seals tissue simultaneously. See Ultrasonography.
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harmonic scalpel

Abbreviation: HS
An ultrasonic dissecting device used in surgery to disrupt, disintegrate, or coagulate tissues, especially those with a high water or fat content. The device works by cavitating the tissues it contacts. When used laparoscopically, tissues destroyed by the scalpel are removed from the body by aspiration. Synonym: ultrasonic dissector
See also: scalpel
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McNally ML, Erturk E, Oleyourryk G, SchoenigerL.Laparoscopic cyst decortications using the harmonic scalpel for symptomatic autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.J Endourol.2001; 15:597-9.
Use of the harmonic scalpel versus conventional haemostatic techniques in patients with grave disease undergoing total thyroidectomy: a prospective randomised controlled trial.
Unlike the variable results described with the use of the HS in tonsillectomy, the literature is consistent concerning the usefulness of the harmonic scalpel in thyroid surgery [22,23].
From this point on, with emphasis on minimal touch of the artery by instruments, we carefully dissected with harmonic scalpel to the RA pedicle, including satellite veins, from the surrounding tissues; In both techniques, the tissue was dissected at least 1 cm away from the artery.
[Tracheal tube damage by Harmonic Scalpel during tonsillectomy].
Another alternative to diathermy is to use a harmonic scalpel which uses ultrasound waves to cut and coagulate tissue.
Opening chapters review safety measures, anesthesia, laser technology, endoscopy, the harmonic scalpel, and the argon beam coagulator.
Hemorrhoidectomy performed with a Ligasure hemostatic device causes less postoperative pain and takes less time to do than hemorrhoidectomy with the Harmonic Scalpel, reported Shek Yuen Kwok, M.D., and colleagues at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong.
Seven days after patients with a total of three grade 3 or 4 hemorrhoids underwent a hemorrhoidectomy in a single-blind, randomized trial, the median postoperative pain score (assessed pain with a visual analog score) for the 24 patients in the Ligasure group was significantly lower than that for 23 patients in the Harmonic Scalpel group (2.6 vs.
The pounds 30,000 harmonic scalpel has been introduced at University Hospital Aintree, Fazakerley.
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