Written by Norene Anderson
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Desiccation by definition refers to the dehydration by direct contact of an active electrode with tissue. The advancements in microsurgery have opened the realm of surgeries with no more than half-inch incisions and the use of laproscopic equipment and handheld devices with electrodes attached. Some high frequency desiccators can be purchased in a kit containing an autoclavable hand piece.

The latest models of desiccators are user friendly and surgeons appreciate the accuracy of low-powered devices for electrosurgical procedures. High-frequency desiccators are used by dermatologists where there is no need for a cautery. A specific waveform will coagulate, fulgurate, or desiccate. For coagulation, a mono-polar or a bi-polar mode unit may be used.

More about Desiccators

Foot control options add to the convenience of use. Fewer internal parts and the latest technology account for lower heat generation. This increases the lifespan of the unit considerably. The materials used are non-staining and non-absorbing for ease of cleanup. Output is easy to read with the incremental options of one-tenth watt increments under 10 watts of power.

A power control with a dial is easy to change with smooth transition from low to high with just a rotation of the dial. Another option is to push the button on the hand control either up or down to increase or decrease power output. Whether using the foot control or the hand piece, the power output is simply a button or dial away. Many safety standards must be passed before a unit can be certified as a safe desiccator.

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