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High-tech surgical tool for quicker recovery

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If you have to undergo the knife, it's reassuring to know that state-of-the-art equipment can make it easier on your body. A plastic surgeon in Houston believes she uses a tool that makes a huge difference for her patients, in a number of ways.

"It saves time for them! For the patient it's safer, it's a better scar, less swelling time, and less trauma to their tissues, and I think they're off the table and recover much faster," explains Dr. Azita Madjidi.

The doctor is referring to a high-tech tool called a Plasmablade. It replaces at least three devices she used before. It's an electrical scalpel. When Dr. Madjidi used to perform surgery, she used what she calls a "cold scalpel". Then, she had to use an electrical cautery device to stop bleeding.

"Usually this traditional device heats up tissues to 200 degrees Celsius. That's hot and can cause heat damage to skin and subcutaneous tissues. As you go deeper and deeper and dissect a plane with this device, heating up to that high of degrees creates smoke and you have to use a smoke suction to see what you're doing as you go," says Madjidi. She says the Plasmablade only heats to 50 degrees, so it doesn't char the skin, like before.

"That means the tissue is damaged and your body needs to evacuate that from your body, cause for swelling and pain. With Plasmablade, you don't see any charring, only clean cut, almost no bleeding. You have the best of both worlds, you have no bleeder, less heat damage," explains Madjidi. Before, she had to use a device to remove the smoke from the cauterizing. Now, it's all built into one machine.

Madjidi says her patients are now under anesthesia at least 15 minutes less than usual because of the device, which helps reduce swelling in her patients, as well as lower operative time costs.

Monica Holloway is a patient of Dr. Madjidi. She underwent several procedures that used the Plasmablade. She says she's surprised at how well she felt after surgery, which included breast augmentation and a tummy tuck.

"I was excited, my daughter had it done. She had a good experience, so I knew I would too," says Holloway. She also says she has only minimal scarring.

The doctor tells FOX 26 News that the only downside she can think of is this technology costs more than traditional tools. However, she says that does not affect the patient, because it's offset by the shorter time in the O.R.

Plasmablade is now being used in all types of surgeries.

On the Web:

Dr. Azita Madjidi -- http://www.drazitamadjidi.com

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