Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 177–178 | Cite as

Laser smoke evacuator: Effective removal of mutagenic cautery smoke

  • John G. Hunter


Electrocautery knife smoke is mutagenic, unpleasant, and possibly a health hazard to operating room personnel. Traditional smoke removal methods have been largely ineffective during procedures that generate significant smoke with electrocautery use. A commercial laser smoke evacuation and filtration unit, available in most hospital operating rooms today, has proven highly effective in rapidly eliminating essentially all visible electrocautery knife smoke and odor during breast reductions and other “high smoke” procedures.

Key words

Electrocautery Smoke Mutagenic Laser Evacuator 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Hunter
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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