A Comparitive Study on Diathermy Vs Scalpel Skin Incisions in Abdominal Surgeries in Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai

Arun Guru, K (2019) A Comparitive Study on Diathermy Vs Scalpel Skin Incisions in Abdominal Surgeries in Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai. Masters thesis, Madurai Medical College, Madurai.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Diathermy is widely used for underlying tissue dissection, cutting and haemostasis, but excessive scarring and poor wound healing limits its use for skin incisions. Only few surgeons employ diathermy in making skin incision with fear of producing deep burns and resultant scarring. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The present study was done to compare the outcome of diathermy incisions versus steel scalpel incisions in abdominal surgeries with regard to incision time, incision blood loss, wound infection and scar character. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted at Department of General Surgery, Government Rajaji Hospital, and Madurai. A total number of 90 patients were analysed. 45 patients underwent diathermy incisions who werecompared with 45 steel scalpel incision patients. RESULTS: The present study showed significantly less incision time; less blood loss in diathermy incisions. Post-operative wound infection and scar character were comparable in both the groups. CONCLUSION: Diathermy skin incisions in elective abdominal surgery has significant advantage over scalpel incisions as it results in less incision time, less blood loss and minimal scarring. Diathermy incisions are less harmful to the skin.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diathermy, incisions, scalpel, surgery, wound.
Subjects: MEDICAL > General Surgery
Depositing User: Subramani R
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2019 00:15
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 03:46
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/11449

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