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Electrosurgery Basics

Unlike electrocautery, modern electrosurgery utilizes electric current at voltages ranging from 200 to 10,000 volts. The electric current generates heat in order to stop bleeding or to help destroy abnormal tissue and growths. The equipment used in electrosurgery requires a connection to a special power supply, a forceps, and a foot pedal or footswitch that allows the surgeon to activate the device during the surgical procedure. The electrosurgery process can create thermal destruction of tissue through several processes including dehydration, coagulation, or vaporization.

In contrast to monopolar or "Bovie" electrosurgery,  the bipolar forceps electric current does not pass through the patient so it’s safe to use in patients who have implanted devices like pacemakers, joint replacements and defibrillators. Electrosurgery generator output can produce a variety of electrical effects, whether it’s via generating sparks (fulguration), dehydrating superficial tissue, causing blood vessels to clot, or cutting through tissue.

Until now, the "BOVIE" has been favored over the bipolar forceps because the former is activated by a hand switch and the latter has always required a foot pedal. 


Our product, the BiPAD cord can be a helpful tool for surgeons performing a wide range of procedures that require the precision and safety of bipolar forceps bud do not want to sacrifice the comfort and ease of use of hand switching the "Bovie."

BiPAD makes bipolar forceps as easy to use as the "BOVIE" with all of the safety of a bipolar instrument. 

Want to learn more? Considering signing up for our Webinar on "Avoiding Electrosurgical Catastrophes."

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