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Article
February 1975

Electrosurgical Excision of Full-Thickness Burns

Author Affiliations

From the Shriners Burns Institute, Boston. Dr. Lewis is presently with the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(2):191-194. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360080057009
Abstract

Massive intraoperative blood loss and poor graft take have been the major problems associated with early excision and immediate grafting of full-thickness burns.

By employing electrosurgery, excessive blood loss was virtually eliminated in a series of major burn excisions. Immediate graft take was excellent on electrosurgical wounds after primary burn excisions and in late reconstructive procedures. Simplicity, improved hemostasia, good graft take, and the absence of special anesthetic requirements make this method particularly applicable to the management of patients with burn injury.

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