Wound Healing of Skin Incisions Produced by Ultrasonically Vibrating Knife, Scalpel, Electrosurgery, and Carbon Dioxide Laser

RICHARD HAMBLEY, PATRICIA A. HEBDA, EDWARD ABELL, BERNARD A. COHEN, BRIAN V. JEGASOTHY

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Abstract

Abstract. An ultrasonically vibrating knife has been developed for producing surgical incisions with reduced hemorrhage. Tissue injury and wound healing of porcine cutaneous incisions produced by this instrument, conventional scalpel, electrosurgery, and CO2 laser were compared regarding clinical, histopathologic, and tensile strength differences. Scalpel incisions had the least tissue injury and fastest healing, but the ultrasonically vibrating knife produced less tissue injury and faster healing than electrosurgery or CO2 laser. 1988 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1217
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
Volume14
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Dermatology

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