Electrocauterization is the process of heating tissue with electricity.


It can be done to prevent blood loss or stop bleeding and keep the surgical site clean after an injury or during surgery. It can also be used to remove abnormal tissue growth such as tumors, and warts, and prevent infection. Electrocauterization may be used during surgery to cut through soft tissue, instead of a scalpel, while sealing off blood vessels at the same time. Patients who suffer frequent nosebleeds may be treated with electrocauterization to seal off the blood vessel in the nose that is often the cause of the problem.

Bleeding and infection are risks associated with all types of surgery, as well as reaction to anesthesia. You might experience some pain and discomfort, which can be managed with medication as needed.


Please discuss the likelihood of success with your doctor before the procedure.

What if this procedure is not performed?

Depending on the reason for the procedure, complications may be mild or serious. In the case of stopping or preventing bleeding, excessive and uncontrolled blood loss can lead to shock and death. Abnormal tissue that is not removed may grow and progress into malignancy. The infection will require treatment with antibiotics and, if serious, even surgery.

Depending on your condition, your doctor may offer you alternative treatment options.

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