The radiofrequency scalpel is an innovative instrument which allows to cut and coagulate tissues in an atraumatic manner, conversely to the electric scalpel. The authors describe the use of radiofrequencies in proctology by making a literature review for every major proctologic disease (hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, anal fissure, sinus pilonidalis, hypertrophied anal papillae). Many techniques have been developed with radiofrequencies in hemorrhoids treatment: coagulation, ablation with plication, Milligan Morgan and Parks hemorrhoidectomy. In the treatment of anal fissures, radiofrequency subcutaneous lateral internal sphincterotomy has been described. For anal fistulas, both radiofrequency fistulotomy and fistulectomy. Finally, radiofrequency sinotomy for sinus pilonidalis and coagulation for hypertrophied anal papillae are present in literature.
The analysis of the results obtained with radiofrequency surgery compared with those of the “classic” surgery for proctologic disease shows that in most of them radiosurgery facilitates, accelerates and improves the surgical procedure.
Corresponding author: Vincenzino Filingeri, MD; e-mail: email@example.comFree PDF Download
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V. Filingeri, G. Gravante, D. Cassisa
Clinical applications of radiofrequency in proctology: a review
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 10 - N. 2