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Use of a device or chemical agent to coagulate or destroy tissue.



a medical treatment utilizing thermal, chemical, electric, or radiation burns. Cauterization is used to destroy such conditions as small skin tumors, warts, excessive granulations, and tattoos. It can be performed by diathermal coagulation, galvanocautery, chemical substances, or laser radiation. In surgical practice it is used to separate tissue and to stop bleeding (electric scalpel, laser beam). In the treatment of some inflammatory diseases, cauterizing agents in the form of a mustard plaster or ultraviolet radiation (quartz) serve a revulsive and reflex-therapeutic function.


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As it is performed today, Ott told Science News, cauterizing surgery contributes substantially to making "the operating room the most polluted part of the hospital.
Using the Sonastar, medical practitioners and patients alike will benefit from upgrades such as an integrated RF (radio frequency) cauterizing capability to accelerate healing and the single use OsteoSculpt bone shaving attachment.
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This new product will increase surgical accuracy and speed while dramatically decreasing incidents of inadvertent tissue damage caused by surgical instruments when cutting and cauterizing.
But today, lasers can be used to cut into tooth structure itself and perform some surgical procedures beyond just cauterizing wounds.