Acrochordon = skin tag = fibroepithelial polyp
Desiccation = dehydration
Non-sterile disposable gloves are adequate for procedures like curettage and shave biopsies. Sterile gloves are used e.g. in suture surgery.
Electrosurgery (diathermy) equipment converts domestic alternating current into high-frequency alternating current (of various types) which is converted to heat energy as it passes THROUGH a high-resistance medium such as the skin.
Haemostasis can only be achieved satisfactorily if the area being diathermied is relatively dry.
Monoterminal procedures (without a dispersive plate) produce desiccation/fulguration.
This page was last updated in January 2012.