The use of energy-based systems for the routine management of disease and trauma in the orthopedic arena encompasses multiple energy types. The manufacturers PhotoThera, ArthroCare, Bioelectron, Biowave, ConMed, Medical Technologies, Siemens, Smith & Nephew (Oratec), J&J (Mitek), ConMed and Stryker market a variety of energy-based systems for these purposes.
These systems offer the following features and benefits:
- Remove soft tissue
- Cut and contour soft tissues such as ligament and meniscus
- Treat instability and control bleeding through the coagulation of soft tissue
A sampling of ablation in orthopedics, highlighting electrosurgical ablation in particular, is shown below.
Orthopedic Applications of Electrosurgical Devices
From MedMarket Diligence Report #A125, " Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017."