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Archive Abdominal Surgery 2012

Cutting and Sealing: Choices and Cautions

Review these principles for safe and efficient use of surgical energies.

David Bernard, Senior Associate Editor


The ultimate success of minimally invasive surgery hinges on a surgeon's ability to effectively cut and seal blood vessels. Thermal and ultrasonic energies (see "Know Your Energy Options") for cutting and coagulation in laparoscopic procedures have superseded clamping, cutting and tying as surgeons' methods of choice. But no technology is foolproof. Keep these ever-present risks in mind to limit the possibility of unwanted outcomes.

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