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Electrosurgical Vessel Sealing Tissue Temperature: Experimental Measurement and Finite Element Modeling

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4 Author(s)
Chen, R.K. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; Chastagner, M.W. ; Dodde, R.E. ; Shih, A.J.

The temporal and spatial tissue temperature profile in electrosurgical vessel sealing was experimentally measured and modeled using finite element modeling (FEM). Vessel sealing procedures are often performed near the neurovascular bundle and may cause collateral neural thermal damage. Therefore, the heat generated during electrosurgical vessel sealing is of concern among surgeons. Tissue temperature in an in vivo porcine femoral artery sealed using a bipolar electrosurgical device was studied. Three FEM techniques were incorporated to model the tissue evaporation, water loss, and fusion by manipulating the specific heat, electrical conductivity, and electrical contact resistance, respectively. These three techniques enable the FEM to accurately predict the vessel sealing tissue temperature profile. The averaged discrepancy between the experimentally measured temperature and the FEM predicted temperature at three thermistor locations is less than 7%. The maximum error is 23.9%. Effects of the three FEM techniques are also quantified.

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Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 2 )