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The use of electricity to perform surgical procedures, as the use of electricity to simultaneously cut tissue and arrest bleeding.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



surgery involving the application of a high-frequency current (hundreds of thousands of oscillations per second) to tissues, with a sharp elevation of temperature at the point of contact between the active electrode and the tissues.

A distinction is made between electrotomy, the separation and excision of tissues, and electrocoagulation, the cauterization (coagulation of proteins) of tissues. Incision of tissues with an electric knife does not cause bleeding because the blood coagulates along the incision. Electrosurgical methods are used in operations on the brain (the bloodless operative field permits visual control of the operation) and eyes. They are also used to remove skin tumors and in dentistry.

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They used equipment similar to the Bovie knife and radiofrequency energy channeled through needle probes to create focal thermal injuries deep inside liver tissue.
Commenting on the second quarter results, Andrew Makrides, president of Bovie Medical, stated, "Our emphasis in 2005 has been to commit substantial resources towards commercializing proprietary products and technologies to be released under the Bovie name, which should translate into higher profit margins as well as diversifying our customer base.
The "sharps counts" were conduced pursuant to the hospital's "Sharps Count Protocol," which required circulating nurses and surgical technicians to "count each sharp (needles, blades, bovie tips, safety pins, injectables)" before and after surgery.
The electrocautery patients underwent total tonsil removal with a standard handheld Bovie device and attached needle; the power was set at 20 cut and 12 coagulate.
Although hemostasis is imperative, avoid overuse of the Bovie as this can leave the bed charred.
A "Bovie" (an electrical to instrument used to cut and cauterize tissue to stop small blood vessels from bleeding) is in all operating rooms on both campuses.
Palmer Bovie, in The Complete Comedies Of Terence (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1970), 323-7.
Electrosurgery as we know it was first introduced in the late 1920s by William Bovie and Harvey Cushing.