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n. pl. e·lec·tro·cau·ter·ies
1. A cautery heated by an electric current.
2. The cauterization of tissue by such an instrument.
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(Breeds) vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery
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(ɪˌlɛk troʊˈkɔ tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. a hand-held, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
2. Also, e•lec`tro•cau`ter•i•za′tion. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
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Noun1.electrocautery - application of a needle heated by an electric current to destroy tissue (as to remove warts)
thermocautery - cautery (destruction of tissue) by heat
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In another study by Atug laparoscopic decortication was performed in 45 patients using monopolar electrocautery scissors and fulguration of the cyst epithelium with an argon beam coagulator.14 Their symptomatic and radiological success were 91,1% and 95,5%, respectively.
Thermocautery is commonly mistaken for monopolar electrocautery, even by urology specialists and pediatric surgeons.
Then she and her co-investigators performed monopolar electrocautery on discarded surgical Burow triangle tissue specimens to order to create smoke plumes and test mask effectiveness.
Kozomara et al11 recorded intraoperative blood loss in the group of patients mastectomized by harmonic scalpel 78 +- 31 ml compared to 256 +- 112 ml in the group mastectomized by monopolar electrocautery (p<0.001).
Monopolar electrocautery is not as good a choice for treating diaphragmatic endometriosis because of higher depth of penetration, which may cause tissue necrosis and subsequent delayed diaphragmatic fenestrations.
In 2015, Thottam et al reported that instrument costs in the United States were $13.30 per patient for monopolar electrocautery, $225.00 for radiofrequency ablation, and $228.77 for the PlasmaBlade.
But the use of monopolar electrocautery in the Calot's triangle is still considered taboo by most surgeons.