Randomized clinical trial of diathermy versus scalpel incision in elective midline laparotomy.

@article{Kearns2001RandomizedCT,
  title={Randomized clinical trial of diathermy versus scalpel incision in elective midline laparotomy.},
  author={Stephen R. Kearns and Elizabeth M. Connolly and Stephen McNally and Deborah A Mcnamara and Joseph M. Deasy},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={88 1},
  pages={41-4}
}
BACKGROUND Electrocautery is used increasingly for tissue dissection, although fears of excessive scarring and poor wound healing have curtailed its widespread use for skin incision. This study compared electrosurgical incision with traditional scalpel incision. METHODS One hundred patients requiring elective midline laparotomy were randomized… CONTINUE READING