High Frequency , Low Heat MICRO RADIOSURGERY
Applications for the General, Oral & Cosmetic Dental Surgeon
LECTURE AND HANDS ON COURSE - DENTAL SURGERY
a. Objective – To show the benefits of high frequency low heat (3.8-4 MHz , Patented) radio-wave surgery over conventional methods of incision and tissue management.
b. Methods – I will in the lecture and course discuss the physics and clinical applications of high frequency low heat micro radiosurgery as related to oral and cosmetic dental surgical procedures.
c. Results – I will show evidence of clinical superiority of high frequency radio-wave incision modalities over scalpel and laser incision. Each participant will benefit from a hands on participation demonstration with an Ellman high frequency low heat Radio-surgical unit. At the culmination of this presentation the attendee should have an appreciation and basic understanding of modern high frequency radio-wave surgical technique and its advantages in oral and cosmetic dental surgery. They should be able to go back to their office with the knowledge and confidence to immediately use radio-surgery in their own dental clinic.
High Frequency low heat Micro Radio-wave surgery is new technology that is quite different than conventional low frequency high heat electro-surgery and has many benefits in Dental Surgery.
For millions of years, man has used sharpened instruments to incise tissue. After the advent of electricity, electro-surgical techniques were applied to tissue for incision and hemostasis. Little has changed in the last century regarding traditional electro-surgery.
Radio-wave surgery (high frequency radio-surgery) is a new surgical modality very different from traditional low frequency electro-surgery and cautery. Traditional electro-surgery devices cut by passing a low frequency current through the patient and using the electrode tip to concentrate heat in the tissue. This means heating of the tissue at the electrode tip, shock and burn danger to the patient and excessive lateral tissue damage. The principle of radio micro surgery is using high frequency patented radio-waves at 4.0 MHz, which is similar to the frequency of marine band radios. The tissue serves as the resistance instead of the electrode, hence there is no heating of the electrode. The electrode is cold. Intracellular tissue water provides resistance and vaporizes without the heat and damage seen in electro-surgery. This tissue vaporization also results in significant hemostasis without actually burning the tissue. In addition, there is no danger of shocking or burning the patient. Most important is the fact that there is controlled and minimal lateral tissue alteration with high frequency radio-surgery. This means, less tissue alteration, less post operative pain, faster and better healing.
Histological studies have shown high frequency radio-wave surgery to be superior to laser incisions and comparable to scalpel incision. There is less charring of tissue. One can also work with fine, bendable electrodes in areas of the mouth where one can not work with a laser.
High frequency patented Radio-wave surgical units offer multiple settings to conform to specific surgical application; pure cutting, simultaneous cutting and coagulation, pure coagulation and fulguration.
Radio-wave surgery can be substituted with superiority for an any oral or facial procedure in which a scalpel is used. In addition, a vast selection of specialized electrodes are available and easily changeable ,including new alloy electrodes to reduce still further lateral heat.
This lecture and course will discuss the physics, clinical applications, specific armamentarium, and cosmetic surgical techniques of various radio-wave applications in all phases of Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Pedodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics and Implantology.