The PlasmaBlade™ is an electrosurgical single-use device that uses brief, controlled pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy to dissect (cut) and coagulate soft tissues. It possesses the precision of a scalpel while the RF waves help prevent bleeding to greatly minimize thermal damage to surrounding tissues.
PlasmaBlade™ Device Description
The PlasmaBlade™ consists of a single bendable shaft and rotatable nose piece. It comes with a hand-switch control that can be adjusted manually. It may be supplied with an optional generator-compatible foot switch. The PlasmaBlade™ is connected to a compatible generator - usually an AEX - that supplies power to the device. The components of the PlasmaBlade™ are designed to be used together and operated as a single unit.
What are the Indications for using the PlasmaBlade™?
The PlasmaBlade™ is indicated for the incision and coagulation of soft tissues during the following surgical procedures:
- Plastic and reconstructive
What are the Contraindications for the PlasmaBlade™?
The PlasmaBlade™ should not be used on small appendages or body parts, such as in circumcision.
What are the Surgical Applications of the PlasmaBlade™?
The PlasmaBlade™ is used in various surgical procedures such as:
- Total knee arthroplasty
- Total hip arthroplasty
- Hand and upper extremity
- Anterior cervical discectomy infusion
- Multilevel spinal fusions
- Posterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Lumbar interbody fusion: anterior, posterior and transforaminal
- Scoliosis surgery
- Spinal decompression
Mastectomy: surgical removal of one or both breasts
To replace implantable electronic devices
Ear, nose, and throat (ENT)
- Tonsillectomy: surgical removal of tonsils from the back of the throat
- Adenoidectomy: surgical removal of the adenoids
What are the Benefits of the PlasmaBlade™?
The PlasmaBlade™ offers the following benefits:
- It operates at a lower temperature compared to traditional electrosurgery.
- It is more efficient.
- It improves incision healing.
- It minimizes thermal injury compared to traditional electrosurgery.
- It reduces surgical smoke, improving the visibility of the surgical site.
- It minimizes the risk of scalpel injury.
What are the Risks and Complications of the PlasmaBlade™?
As with any surgical procedure, electrosurgery may also have certain risks and complications such as damage to the surrounding tissues which include pain and swelling.