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Surgery with microwave plasma

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Surgeons usually pick up a high-frequency scalpel that is carrying current when they need to make fine incisions. This coagulates the wound edges and speeds up the patient’s healing. But this technology has risks: The current is able to injure patients, sometimes even seriously. Learn in our latest interview how a possible alternative works.

Enjoy reading and have a good start into the new med-tech year!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

PS: Our latest video also deals with precise work: We had a glimpse at the 3D printing of bone implants.

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Video: 3D printing
Interview: Microwave plasma
Special: Implants
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Functionality: Different implants require special materials


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Special materials are needed to produce and apply suitable, customized implants. But not only stability and elasticity is important. Also, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility are criteria, that need to be kept in mind when producing implants. talked with Hermann Schmidt about material development for implants.
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Functionality: Different implants require special materials
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3D Printer – Implants at the push of a button


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Implants are needed in different types of situations, for instance after an accident or because of a tumor. If the injury is very complicated, patient-specific implants are able to help. These types of implants are made with the help of a 3D printer at the Chair of Fluid Technology and Microfluidics at the University of Rostock.
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3D Printer – Implants at the push of a button
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Surgery: precise incisions with microwave plasma talks about...

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Gentle surgical techniques support a faster patient recovery process. This also includes high-frequency surgery, where electric current passes through the body via the scalpel. This makes tiny, precise surgical cuts (incisions) possible and promotes vascular closure in the wound area. However, this technique is not without risk for the patient. The microwave plasma scalpel could offer an alternative in the future.
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Surgery: precise incisions with microwave plasma
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