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Potential for Thermal Injury During Surgical Osteotomies

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James W. Allen, Darren L. Hitt, Marc R. Sarnow

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Paper No. IMECE2002-32047, pp. 87-88; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3639-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Medical literature indicates that permanent tissue damage can occur when exposed to temperature elevations of as little as 5°C for times as short as a few seconds. Clinically, it has also been observed that during surgical osteotomies (bone cutting procedures) significant amounts of heat are typically generated. We present experimental data that suggests critical conditions for thermal injury are regularly exceeded during simulated surgical procedures using cadeveric metatarsal bones.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Surgery , Wounds



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