Electrosurgery is the application of a high-frequency electric current to human tissue as a means to remove lesions, staunch bleeding, or cut tissue. Electrosurgery can be used to cut, coagulate, desiccate, or fulgurate tissue. Its benefits include the ability to make precise cuts with limited blood loss.
In electrosurgical procedures, the tissue is burned by an electrical current. Electrosurgery is different from electrocautery, in that the latter uses heat conduction from a hot probe whereas electrosurgery directly heats the tissue itself while the probe tip remains cold.
Electrosurgery is commonly used for such dermatological procedures as removal of skin tags, removal/destruction of benign skin tumours, and the removal of warts and coagulation.
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