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- n. cauterization by the use of an instrument heated by electricity; electrocauterization
- n. such an instrument
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, cauterizing by means of a platinum wire heated by the passage of a current of electricity; the instrument used.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. application of a needle heated by an electric current to destroy tissue (as to remove warts)
Makary and colleagues also recommend "sharpless" surgery, which includes using nonsharp alternatives such as electrocautery cutting frequencies instead of a knife and applying skin glue rather than using suture closure.
Dermabrasion is another procedure that works well for all scars by sculpting a raised mark flat using electrocautery, mechanical dermabrasion, or a resurfacing laser such as CO2 or erbium: YAG see “The Problem: A Scar” on page 236.
Another option is burning the top using electrocautery, then extracting larger cysts and letting the smaller milia slough off by themselves.
I prefer to use electrocautery to sculpt the growth off.
Dermabrasion, a technique to vaporize the skin by way of electrocautery or ablative lasers such as CO2 or erbium: YAG lasers, can remove raised scars.
Finally, if there are larger blood vessels, you can have them zapped with electrocautery.
For more severe cases, some physicians recommend cryosurgery or electrocautery see “Cauterization and Cryotherapy,” p.
Some procedures—such as electrocautery of the lining of the uterus—should not be done with a metallic object present.
You can use electrocautery, a hook, a pair of scissors, a sharp-tip dissector, a blunt-tip dissector, a right-angle dissector, or a suction device.
The operating room itself had none of the items we Americans consider standard fare such as operating room lights or electrocautery.