Electrophysical properties of electrosurgery and capacitive induced current.


BACKGROUND Although electrosurgery is one of the most commonly used technologies in the operating room, its electrophysical properties, including the potential for complications, are poorly understood by many surgeons. METHODS We describe the experimental simulation of a highly unusual complication that occurred during a surgical procedure requiring concurrent use of monopolar and bipolar electrosurgery. RESULTS Capacitive induced current from an activated monopolar electrode to the bipolar cord was reproduced and consistently led to full-thickness burns in our experiments. CONCLUSIONS Surgeons should be familiar with the principles of electrosurgery, its electrophysical properties, and possible complications.


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@article{Vilos2001ElectrophysicalPO, title={Electrophysical properties of electrosurgery and capacitive induced current.}, author={George Angelos Vilos and Kim Latendresse and Bing Siang Gan}, journal={American journal of surgery}, year={2001}, volume={182 3}, pages={222-5} }