Birtcher Hyfrecators

Written by Norene Anderson
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Hyfrecators are a type of desiccator used in electrosurgical procedures. Some of the features of a hyfrecator include the ability to switch between settings of low and high output ports, power-setting changes by remote control, computer memory to retain procedural settings, microprocessor to control functionality, and a microprocessor to monitor for any safety hazard. As technology advances, more user-friendly options are available.

To prevent the spread of bacteria, the hyfrecator should have autoclavable electrodes and forceps or disposable options. Dermal tips have been shown to retain bacteria for up to five minutes even with the extent of heat generated by the unit. Birtcher hyfrecators have been used successfully for years. Electrodes and bipolar forceps are available for all models of hyfrecators.

Many Uses for Hyfrecators

The hyfrecator can be used in a variety of specialties such as gynecology, ophthalmology, dermatology, proctology, and plastic surgery. Many office procedures requiring fulguration, desiccation, and coagulation are done using the appropriate hyfrecator. Birtcher has several models to accommodate the various needs for electro surgery. Electrosurgical procedures have been done in doctor's offices for more than 50 years.

Some of the units offer smooth, rapid transition from low power to high power. Other units have a multi-step process to transcend from low power to high power. Still other types of hyfrecators have a dial to control power output. The devices capable of less than 10-watt range have increments of one-tenth watt for precise control.

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