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Bipolar Electrosurgery: Convention and Innovation


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 1 - p 153-158
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318161e7ee
New Technology in Gynecology

Bipolar electrosurgery is part of the customary gynecologic surgical armamentarium providing isolated thermal effects and blood vessel occlusion. However, end points are not always predictable as hemostasis may require contiguous applications and thermal damage can significantly expand beyond the target zone. Unintentional transection of a patent vessel cannot be entirely reduced. Recent advances in bipolar technology provide more predictable vessel occlusion with less thermal damage. To date, there are 3 novel bipolar platforms, using either impedance feedback from the operative site to moderate output as pulsed current with lower voltage or by local regulation using nanotechnology within the jaws.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California

Sources of support: Consultant to SurgRx (Palo Alto, CA), Gyrus ACMI (Maple Grove, MA), Covidien (Boulder, Colorado).

Correspondence: Andrew I. Brill, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, California Pacific Medical Center, 3700 California Street, Suite No. G322, San Francisco, CA 94118. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.