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What is the benefit of RadioSurgery?
There is much less tissue damage than conventional electrosurgical and diathermy procedures, giving excellent cosmetic results. Unlike electrocautery the electrode used in RadioSurgery remains cold at all times, and no pressure is required to remove the target skin lesion. Patients benefit from less fibrous scarring, less postoperative discomfort, and less visible scarring.
Is RadioSurgery a new procedure?
This is a well established procedure throughout the world, commonplace in Dermatology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, as well as in Gynaecology, Podiatry and Vascular Surgery. RadioSurgery has been in use for a number of decades, however it is still not commonplace due to the requirements for it’s use, including the need for smoke evacuation equipment, sterilization facilities and training.
Are there any contra-indications to RadioSurgery?
The presence of a Cardiac Pacemaker may be a reason to avoid RadioSurgery, although it is not an absolute contra-indication and consultation can clarify if this would be a factor. Allergy to any of the products or medicines used during RadioSurgery must also be considered before embarking on this procedure.