Orthopedic Surgeon in Fargo
Schedule an orthopedic evaluation with Dr. Todd Sekundiak at (701) 417-6000 or schedule your appointment online to find out if hip replacement surgery is your best treatment option.
Cutting Edge Surgical Technology
A medical device that helps surgeons control bleeding during orthopedic procedures is the Aquamantys® Bipolar Sealer. Created by Medtronic, this device plugs into a radiofrequency energy generator and provides hemostasis (the stopping of blood flow) during surgery. It uses saline to keep the tissue cool while energy is heating it, meaning the tissue is treated at a lower temperature than traditional methods.
Some study results that have been shown with using Aquamantys devices to control bleeding during knee replacement include reduced blood loss, lower transfusion rates, higher postoperative hemoglobin levels, and less drainage output when compared to traditional electrosurgery.1-3
The Aquamantys Bipolar Sealer is a prescription only device. The use of it in your surgery will be determined by your surgeon, who will ensure you understand the risks of your specific procedure as well as risks specific to the use of an electrosurgical device such as Aquamantys.
- Weeden SH, Schmidt RH, Isabell G. Haemostatic efficacy of a bipolar sealing device in minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Br Proceedings. 2009; 91-B:45.
- Marulanda GA, Krebs VE, Bierbaum BE, et al. Hemostasis using a bipolar sealer in primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty. Am J Orthop. 2009;38(12):E179-183.
- Marulanda GA, Ragland PS, Seyler TM, Mont MA. Reductions in blood loss with use of a bipolar sealer for hemostasis in primary total knee arthroplasty. Surg Technol Int. 2005;14:281-286.