An Update on Electrosurgical Generators

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


Thanks to our compassionate and generous donors, we now have three new Electrosurgical Generators in our three operating rooms!

Staff members are simply thrilled to have this new equipment. These machines are used five days a week and are essential to providing surgical care services - close to home. Last year, we performed 4,764 surgeries at WDMH.


Surgeons who are new to the surgical team are often impressed at the variety of state-of-the-art surgical equipment that we have here. And that’s because of you, our donors!


 Check out the old and new electrosurgical generators:


 equipment      new generator    


What do Electrosurgical Generators do?


These machines allow surgeons to control bleeding. This is done by using heated surgical instruments that cauterize blood vessels. Cauterization is the process of using heat to seal off blood vessels. The machines that allow the instruments to be heated are called Electrosurgical Generators.





  • The new generators each have an extra port, meaning more surgical instruments can be plugged into the generator at one time. This allows the OR team to be more efficient.



  • One of the three new machines offers Argon Plasma Coagulation. This is especially important for patients who have had radiation treatment in the past who often have a side effect called Radiation Proctitus. Radiation Proctitis is basically thinned skin and it is not easy to operate on because it is so fragile. This can occur after radiation treatment for cancers such as cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. Argon Plasma Coagulation is the process of spraying a gas over the delicate tissue that then allows the bleeding to be controlled.



  • The new generators have special software specific for endoscopy procedures. Having this software is part of WDMH’s Accreditation process.



The cost of the 3 generators was $90,126.80.  Thank you!