Alternatives to Electrosurgery



Electrocautery has been in common surgical use since 1926, and despite modern innovations, such as bipolar diathermy and the argon beam coagulator, the principles and applications in achieving hemostasis have very much remained the same. Newer hemostatic technologies have evolved in the era of laparoscopic surgery to try and improve patient safety by reducing the risks of inadvertent cautery of local or remote structures, or of explosion.


Burning Argon Smoke 

Further Reading

  1. Brill AI. Mapping the thermal gradient of a new radiofrequency bipolar vessel sealing device, EnSeal, using real-time thermography. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2004;11 Suppl 3:S7–19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Kennedy JS, Stranahan PL, Taylor KD, Chandler JG. High-burst-strength, feedback-controlled bipolar vessel sealing. Surg Endosc. 1998;12:876–8.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Morris AR, Siow A. Basic electrosurgical knowledge among practicing gynecologists: a multinational survey. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2004;11 Suppl 3:S8–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologySt James’s University HospitalLeedsUK

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