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Clinical applications of plasma based electrosurgical systems
Author(s): Jean Woloszko; Ashley Endler; Thomas P. Ryan; Kenneth R. Stalder
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Paper Abstract

Over the past 18 years, several electrosurgical systems generating a low temperature plasma in an aqueous conductive solution have been commercialized for various clinical applications and have been used in over 10 million patients to date. The most popular utilizations are in arthroscopic surgery, otorhinolaryngology surgery, spine and neurosurgery, urology and wound care. These devices can be configured to bring saline to the tip and to have concomitant aspiration to remove by-products and excess fluid. By tuning the electrode geometry, waveform and fluid dynamic at the tip of the devices, tissue resection and thermal effects can be adjusted individually. This allows one to design products that can operate as precise tissue dissectors for treatment of articular cartilage or debridement of chronic wounds, as well as global tissue debulking devices providing sufficient concomitant hemostasis for applications like tonsillectomies. Effects of these plasma based electrosurgical devices on cellular biology, healing response and nociceptive receptors has also been studied in various models. This talk will include a review of the clinical applications, with product descriptions, results and introductory review of some of the research on the biological effects of these devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2013
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 8584, Energy-based Treatment of Tissue and Assessment VII, 85840Q (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007597
Show Author Affiliations
Jean Woloszko, ArthroCare Corp. (United States)
Ashley Endler, ArthroCare Corp. (United States)
Thomas P. Ryan, ArthroCare Corp. (United States)
Kenneth R. Stalder, ArthroCare Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8584:
Energy-based Treatment of Tissue and Assessment VII
Thomas P. Ryan, Editor(s)

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