An Introduction to the Hyfrecator September 26 2014

In healthcare today, it is becoming more and more popular to move moderately extensive and complicated procedures from an inpatient setting to an outpatient setting.  In other words, procedures that once needed to be performed in a hospital’s operating room can now be performed outside of the hospital in smaller clinics & surgery centers.  This move allows these procedures to be less costly and more comfortable for the patient. This is common in the field of Electrosurgery.

 Electrosurgery is the application of a high frequency current to cut, coagulate, desiccate, or cauterize biological tissue. Electrosurgery as a technique has been around for quite some time – the first electrosurgical unit was introduced in the 1920s – but in recent years, there has seemingly been a rise in the popularity of electrosurgery as a tool for outpatient procedures. This is likely a result of the Hyfrecator system.

 The Hyfrecator, like Conmed Corporation’s Hyfrecator 2000, is a type of electrosurgery unit commonly used in a medical office setting. Unlike larger, more powerful units that are used for cutting tissue in a surgical setting, hyfrecators are low powered for use on conscious patients in an outpatient setting. The hyfrecator works by emitting low powered, high frequency, high voltage AC through an electrode tip, directly to the sight being treated. Different tips can be utilized based on the size or type of tissue being addressed.  In some cases, hyfrecators can be used in absence of anesthesia, but most often some local anesthetic is required.  

 Hyfrecators are very popular in dermatology practices but are becoming more popular in general practice settings. Dermatologists use Hyfrecators to treat irregular skin tissue, including warts and skin tags, treatment of enlarged veins and desiccation of some skin cancers. They can also be used to cauterize bleeding wounds from scalpels or biopsy needles during other minor surgical procedures.