Electrosurgery is used in dermatologic/podiatric practice to destroy benign and malignant lesions (abnormal skin growths), control bleeding (hemostasis), and cut or excise tissue.

Electrocautery is just one type of electrosurgery.

The Conmed Hyfrecator® is a brand name for a low-powered electrosurgical device used for electrofulguration, electrodesiccation, and electrocoagulation.

Terminology used in electrosurgery

Some of the terminology used to describe electrosurgery is confusing. The aim of the procedure is to perform cauterization. It relates to the coagulation or destruction of tissue by heat.

The term electrocautery is most often used in reference to a device in which a controlled direct current is used to heat the cautery probe.

Electrosurgery includes:

Electrofulguration (results in sparks)

Fulguration, the electrode is held away from the skin so that there is a sparking to the surface (such as happens with fulgur, “lightning”).

Electrodesiccation (dehydration of superficial tissue)

Electrodesiccation, the active electrode touches or is inserted into the skin to produce tissue destruction deeper into the dermis.

Electrocoagulation is used to stop bleeding in deep and superficial surgery.

Electrosection (cut through tissue)

Electrosection, the unit is set so the electrode cuts tissue.

The Hyfrecator 2000 Electrosurgical System is the long-established gold standard in electrosurgery for small electrosurgical procedures. It is particularly well-suited to dermatology and podiatry for the destruction of small, unwanted well-defined skin lesions.

Treatment applications include benign or malignant skin growth such as moles, common viral warts (verrucas), seborrhoeic warts, skin tags, solar keratoses, telangiectasias, soft fibromas, cutaneous horn or basal cell carcinoma.

Skin tags

Skin cancer


Cutaneous horn

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