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Electrodes, Electrosurgical, Active, Hand-Controlled

Definition : Active electrosurgical electrodes controlled by a hand switch designed to deliver radiofrequency (RF) electric current to the body tissues. These electrodes deliver the RF energy received through insulated cables from an RF generator located in the electrosurgical unit; they are usually a component of a handpiece or surgical instrument (for monopolar and bipolar units respectively) that is manipulated by the surgeon; the handpiece also includes a hand switch that allows its operation by the surgeon. Hand-controlled active electrosurgical electrodes may apply monopolar or bipolar current. They are mostly used in procedures intended to cut tissues, stop bleeding, and/or for tissue fusion.

Entry Terms : "Pencils, Electrosurgical" , "Electrosurgical Pencils" , "Knives, Electrosurgical" , "Electrosurgical Blades"

UMDC code : 11499

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