Archive July 2011 XII, No. 7

Playing It Safe With Electrosurgery

A clear understanding of the fundamentals and the latest devices designed with safety in mind will help you avoid trouble in the OR.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor

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Considering electrosurgery's widespread use, you'd think most surgeons would know how the devices work and how to prevent stray currents from causing electrothermal injuries. But Arnold Advincula, MD, FACOG, FACS, bets you'd find that most physicians couldn't answer even the most basic questions about electrosurgery's fundamental principles. The medical director of the gynecologic robotic surgery program at Florida Hospital in Celebration addressed how best to protect patients in the September 2010 issue of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and discussed the concepts with us. Here's what he had to say.

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