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The PlasmaBlade™ soft tissue dissection device uses brief, precise pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy to cut and coagulate soft tissue. RF energy, combined with a proprietary insulation technology, enables the PlasmaBlade to dissect with the precision of a scalpel, and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery, while producing minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissue. Clinical research has demonstrated that low thermal injury technology offers intra-operative and post-operative benefits when compared to the current standard of care — scalpel and traditional electrosurgery.1,2,3
These histologic profiles4 compare thermal injury (red) with PlasmaBlade™ and traditional electrosurgery devices at similar cut settings.
PlasmaBlade™ device incision using the CUT 6 setting, showing low thermal injury.
Incision using a traditional electrosurgical tool using the CUT 35W setting, showing significant thermal injury.
Higher operating temperature is shown in infrared images.
Operating temperature profile of the PlasmaBlade™ device dissection device using infrared imaging.
Operating temperature profile of traditional electrosurgery using infrared imaging.
Cardiac implantable electronic devices
Powers all Aquamantys™ and PlasmaBlade™ devices and provides simultaneous activation of both technologies.
Electrode Width: 3.0 mm Device Length: 7 – 10.6 inches
Electrode Width: 4.0 mm Device Length: 6.8 inches
Operating temperature is a function of device settings, electrode configuration and treatment time. Operating temperatures outside this range may be observed.
Ruidiaz ME, Messmer D, Atmodjo DY, et al. Comparative healing of human cutaneous surgical incisions created by the PEAK PlasmaBlade, conventional electrosurgery, and a standard scalpel. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011;128(1):104-111.
Fine RE, Vose JG. Traditional electrosurgery and a low-thermal-injury dissection device yield different outcomes following bilateral skin-sparing mastectomy: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2011, 5:212.
Loh SA, Carlson GA, Chang EI, Huang E, Palanker D, Gurtner GC. Comparative healing of surgical incisions created by the PEAK PlasmaBlade, conventional electrosurgery, and a scalpel. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009;124(6):1849-1859.
Histology Images for: Evaluation pf Tissue Depth of Effect on the PlasmaBlade(TM) 4.0 and Electrosurgical Pencil using Histology with Fixture ("CUT") 10.2014
PEAK vs Other ESU IR Temperature Profile Data 09.2011
Cao J, Steiner P, Vose JG. Electrical interference in ICD ventricular sense channel: Medtronic PEAK PlasmaBlade compared to traditional electrosurgery. APHRS November 2015.
Palanker DV, Vankov A, Huie P. Electrosurgery with cellular precision. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2008;55(2 Pt 2):838-841.
Evaluation of Surgical Smoke Contamination (Mass of Smoke Particulate) Using Electrosurgical Devices 09.2014