How to Use Energy Devices and their Potential Hazards

Paolo Miccoli, Michele N. Minuto

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Modern thyroid surgery has been substantially modified by the impact of devices/instruments that, using different forms of energy (mainly radiofrequency and harmonic technology), allow a bloodless dissection of the surgical field. Among many advantages, these instruments are responsible, for example, for the significant reduction of the incision size, which may be one of the main concerns of patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Nevertheless, even if they are sa-fer than the common monopolar electrocautery, to be properly used all these instruments have a learning curve necessary to avoid damage that may affect the patient's quality of life. This chapter analyses the technology behind the more commonly used devices, and discusses the results and advantages obtained when using them to perform a thyroidectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThyroid Surgery: Preventing and Managing Complications
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780470659502
Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2012


  • Bipolar energy
  • Complication
  • Ergonomy
  • Harmonic® technology
  • Minimally invasive thyroidectomy
  • Morbidity
  • Sutureless thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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