Electrosurgery is the generation and delivery of an alternating current between an active and a return electrode in order to raise the tissue temperature for the purposes of desiccation and cutting. The tissue effect achieved is dependent on a number of factors, which include peak voltage, the frequency of the alternating current, modulation, type of tissue, shape of the electrode and the time energy is applied for. In operative hysteroscopy, the energy source and the distension medium used are closely linked. The use of a cheaper and more versatile electrosurgery generator instead of laser energy has been offset by the risk of serious complications resulting from the use of non-ionic distension media. VERSAPOINT® bipolar technology has combined electrosurgery with a safer distension medium, saline.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Reviews in Gynaecological Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|