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Thermal Energy in Arthroscopy, What's New in 2003?

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Since Hippocrates, who stabilized an unstable shoulder with an heated iron rod in the axilla, up to now, physicians have still tried to use heat in different kinds of treatments.

Most important heat procedures consist in control bleeding and sterilizing of wounds.

Laser and Radiofrequencies devices are available in arthroscopic surgery since 1990. They allow haemostasis, but also they can ablate tissue and shrink joint capsule. This technology is considered very useful or, at the opposite denied by surgeons.

We are experienced in both devices. After a general review of the literature, we point out the main facts and updates among these papers.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sport Medicine Unit, Clinique Generale-Beaulieu, Switzerland

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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