How is electrosurgery performed in the treatment of benign skin lesions?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Electrosurgery is technique wherein a high-frequency, alternating current is produced at the tip of an electrode that, when applied to the skin lesion, causes high resistance at the contact point and generates heat that destroys the surrounding tissue. This principle of electrosurgery can be applied in several different ways, usually from a small unit that can be stored in a clinic room. This technique is completely ablative and leaves no usable tissue for pathological examination.

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