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The devices typically have several different modes of operation. In mono-polar output, the current will flow from the surgical site to the unit by using a return electrode. With bipolar output, there is no return electrode used, and this is typically used for more precise and delicate procedures. However, it is important to note that not all of the electrosurgical units offer this option. The devices offer up a number of other modes and features that are helpful for different types of procedures. Many will also have, or come with the option of, a foot switch. This allows the surgeon to activate different modes on the device simply by pressing the switch with their foot.
How electrosurgical units work
One of the great things about the electrosurgical units is the fact that it can cut and coagulate the tissue at the same time, which means that there is far less blood loss when compared with typical surgical procedures. The instrument will pass through the tissue, cutting as it goes, and heats up to evaporate the water and destroy the cells. This type of device was first implemented in the 1920s, but the machines in use today are far more advanced and practical, ensuring high levels of precision with minimal loss of blood.
About electrosurgical units
An electrosurgical unit is a device that makes use of high radio frequencies in order to cut, fulgurate, and coagulate tissues. They are becoming very popular in a number of different types of surgical procedures. This is especially true when it comes to minimally invasive procedures, which require more care in incisions.