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SP: Why is electrosurgical technology so
vital to the OR?
Hedy Hashemi, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Symmetry Surgical: The ability to cut,
coagulate and ligate tissue with a single instrument is
a fundamental aspect of modern surgery. Electrosurgical products deliver that function in a simple and
cost-effect manner, and are used in nearly all surgical
Gabreille Hunter-Niffenegger, RN, BSN, CNOR,
Manager of Surgery at TriHealth: Electrosurgery technology is essential technology in the OR. You simply
must have it in order to do a case. In fact, at TriHealth’s
Bethesda North Hospital we won’t start a case without
SP: What have been some of the recent
advances in electrosurgical innova-
Hashemi: Although single use products have been a mainstay
in basic monopolar and advanced energy products for years,
the shift from reusable to single-use products has taken hold
in bipolar products relatively recently. Additionally, application
of coatings, such as traditional noble metals and the more
advanced ceramic-metallic (Cermet) composites, allows the
user to operate electrosurgical products at lower power settings, resulting in less thermal spread and minimized tissue
damage. The focus on unique geometries in blade design has
also advanced the ability to deliver effective procedures with
low adherence to tissues.
Essential and Safe
Technology in the OR
Electrosurgery has been an essential element of the operating room for more than three decades. And,
with the advancement of minimally-invasive procedures in recent years, electrosurgical products continue
to be a valuable asset in the OR. For industry experts, it’s all about innovation, efficiency and safety.