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Dual-sided electrosurgery handpiece for simultaneous tissue cutting and coagulation: first report on a conceptual design validated by an animal experiment

Authors Tawfik H, Fouad Y, Hafez R

Received 23 March 2015

Accepted for publication 29 April 2015

Published 13 August 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 351—357


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Hatem A Tawfik,1 Yousef A Fouad,2 Rashad Hafez3

1Department of Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics Service, Ain Shams University, 2Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, 3Eye Subspecialty Centre, Cairo, Egypt

Objective: To introduce and evaluate the safety of a novel dual-sided electrosurgery handpiece design for simultaneous tissue cutting and coagulation.
Methods: We designed a prototype double-sided handpiece allowing automatic switching between two electrodes with a simple handpiece flip. The concept of the system as a surgical instrument was assessed by an animal experiment.
Results: The skin of 15 Wistar albino white rats could be successfully incised and coagulated using both ends of the handpiece, thereby confirming the prospects and clinical applications of the system.
Conclusion: The dual-sided electrosurgery handpiece is a simple and safe alternative to the traditional electrosurgery pencil, allowing the simultaneous use of two electrodes without the hassle of frequent electrode replacement.

Keywords: radiosurgery, ablative surgery, laser resurfacing, electrocautery, electrosurgery

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