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PEAK Surgical Introduces PlasmaBlade(TM) Product Line Extensions for Use in General Surgery
Date:10/28/2008

Women's Cancer Program at the Stanford Cancer Center. "Since our practice has adopted the PlasmaBlade, we have found that we can cut through all types of tissue quickly and precisely with minimal bleeding and improved surgical incision healing for the patient. With the extended shaft on the PlasmaBlade EXT, we will be able to reach tissues and structures that reside deeper in the abdomen."

"The PlasmaBlade cuts more precisely than a traditional scalpel and causes less thermal tissue damage than traditional electrosurgery. Also, because it cuts at a much lower temperature and delivers less heat, we have seen minimal tissue charring and reduced surgical smoke, which is a concern given the potential health risks," said Dr. Bryant A. Toth, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at California Pacific Medical Center. "We expect the PlasmaBlade Needle to allow us to provide even more focused precision, such as for surgical procedures involving very delicate face and eyelid skin."

Benefits of the PlasmaBlade and PULSAR Generator

For decades, surgeons have relied on scalpels to cut skin and delicate tissues and used electrosurgical devices to cut and coagulate fat and other thicker, tougher tissues. Although scalpels precisely cut tissue, they do not control bleeding. Electrosurgical devices, on the other hand, cut efficiently and control bleeding but can cause extensive thermal damage to surrounding tissue. In cases where the risk of collateral damage or scarring from electrosurgery is considered to be unacceptable, surgeons must use both a traditional scalpel for cutting and an electrosurgery device for coagulation. The PlasmaBlade offers the precision of a scalpel and the bleeding control of a traditional electrosurgery device in a single surgical tool.

Unlike most radiofrequency-based surgical products that use continuous voltage waveforms to cut tissue, the PULSAR Generator supplies pulsed plasma-mediated electrical discharges through the PlasmaB
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