By: 1 July 2007


Many instruments have been developed for modification and resection of soft tissue in knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle procedures. Thermal ablation has been the standard surgical technique for removing and treating damaged tissues. Thermal ablation has been studied in many other forms including standard electrosurgical tools, microwave, laser, high-intensity focused ultrasound and cryotherapy. All these methods of tissue decomposition have evolved to address the problems associated with high heat and potential damage to the surrounding tissue. Bipolar radiofrequency (RF) thermal ablation, known as coblation, has emerged as the most popular technology compared to other types of tissue ablation.

Conventional Monopolar RF Electrosurgery RF Thermal Ablation Coblation
Interface of electrode-tissue is in excess of 400

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