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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:

  • Orthopedic
  • Arthroscopic
  • Spinal
  • Plastic and reconstructive
  • ENT
  • Gynecologic
  • Neurologic 

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
  • Laminotomy
  • Discectomy
  • Spinal decompression

Breast Oncology

Mastectomy: surgical removal of one or both breasts

Cardiac Surgery

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.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand