Using Scalpels During Surgical Procedures by PhilipTownsend.lgx

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Believe it or not, scalpels weren't invented to help people make fake I.D.s. This article outlines the use of scalpels in surgery and how technology is helping surgical procedures to be much more effective.

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									Using a Scalpel during Surgical Procedures
Scalpels are one of the most commonly used medical instruments. These tools allow doctors and
surgeons to cut into and excise soft tissue.

Scalpels are among the most easily recognizable of the surgical tools because of their distinct shape and
composition. Put basically, these tools are a blade on a handle, which has been engineered to allow for
the greatest amount of precision and control when used by a professional.

These blades are incredibly sharp, and are usually made up of the finest steel possible in order to give
them strength and longevity. Scalpels are going to be used often in surgeries, due to the need to cut into
and remove soft tissue from patients who are being operated on.


Disposable What?
These tools have been engineered over the course of time
to offer the best positioning and grip for those who use
them, while being simple and elegant in design. These
tools generally come in two varieties.

Disposable scalpels are one use objects which will be
utilized during a surgery, and then safely discarded. These
can be bought in higher numbers for cheaper, and will do
the job just as well as the other option will.

Using disposable scalpels is the quicker and more efficient
way to go about using these implements. They simply
need to be removed from their packaging, utilized, and
then put away in a sanitary bin.

Non disposable scalpels also have their purpose and
function in the operating room. These will need to be
sterilized after every use, but there is no need to replace
them. As such, they have a lot more staying power than
their counterparts.


Using Different Materials
There is some variety available with the blades of these units as well. Steel blades are the most
common, but obsidian is also used as well.

Obsidian is certainly much rarer to see, but it does carry with it some definite advantages. Obsidian
blades are almost microscopically sharp, since the volcanic glass can be sheared to an incredibly thin
end.
As such, practitioners can use the obsidian blades in order to cut into their patients in such a way that it
leaves a very small amount of damage behind, which is not nearly as expansive as it otherwise would be.
These implements can also perform work on an incredibly fine scale.

The most important thing to note about scalpels is the way they are engineered to have a single
purpose. Dedicated implements are crucial for successful surgery, and these are no different than
anything else.

They have a singular purpose and function, which is to cut. They are not used for any other purpose,
which gives the surgeon a great amount of control in using them.


Technological Stepping Stones
                                           An exciting advance in the medical field which has developed
                                           recently is the ability to utilize electrosurgery units in order to
                                           do the work of a scalpel, but more cleanly and effectively.
                                           Electrosurgery machines allow the user to cut, sear, and
                                           cauterize tissue quickly and efficiently.

                                           The practitioner will use a charged cautery pen in order to
                                           work with the targeted tissues with a high degree of control
                                           and accuracy. The electrical charge carried from the
                                           electrosurgery machine into the cautery pen is directed into
                                           the tissues, where it can safely cut or cauterize them with a
                                           much greater degree of accuracy than traditional options.

Electrosurgery is the way of the future, and is the evolution of the scalpel. By combining new technology
with medical necessity, such things can advance the field a lot.

Surgery has always relied on the ability to safely open up someone with a minimum of injury, and will
continue to do so in the future. As medical technology advances and becomes more effective, scalpels
will doubtlessly evolve with it, leading to sharper and more effective blades and design for medical
professionals to utilize.

								
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