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Vol. 54. Issue 5.
Pages 306-309 (September - October 2010)
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Vol. 54. Issue 5.
Pages 306-309 (September - October 2010)
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Experience in the Use of Ultrasonic Scalpels in Orthopaedic Surgery
Experiencia en la utilización de bisturí de ultrasonidos en cirugía ortopédica
E. López-Anglada Fernández
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, A. Braña Vigil
Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Department, Asturias Central University Hospital, Oviedo, Spain
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To compare the effects using the monopolar electric and ultrasonic scalpel on muscle tissue in oncological surgery.

Material and method

Muscle tissue samples were collected from 6 patients. Two samples were obtained from each one of them: one using an electric scalpel and another with an ultrasonic scalpel, which then analysed in histopathology.


Less necrosis and better tissue viability was observed in the areas cut with the ultrasonic scalpel compared to the areas where the electric scalpel was used.


The ultrasonic scalpel has a cutting capacity and haemostasis comparable to the electric scalpel, causing less damage to the tissue on which it is applied.

Ultrasonic scalpel

Comparar el efecto de la aplicación del bisturí eléctrico monopolar y el de ultrasonidos sobre el tejido muscular en cirugía oncológica.

Material y método

Se recogieron muestras de tejido muscular de 6 pacientes. En cada uno de ellos se obtuvieron 2 muestras: una mediante corte con bisturí eléctrico y otra con bisturí de ultrasonidos que se analizaron en anatomía patológica.


Observamos una menor profundidad de necrosis y mejor viabilidad tisular en las zonas de corte con bisturí de ultrasonidos, respecto a las zonas en las que se empleó el bisturí eléctrico.


El bisturí de ultrasonidos proporciona una capacidad de corte y hemostasia comparable a la del bisturí eléctrico, ocasionando un menor daño a los tejidos sobre los que se aplica.

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