New blade helps women diagnosed with breast cancer

New blade helps women diagnosed with breast cancer

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A new advancement in the operating room promises to help women diagnosed with breast cancer.

A new, souped-up scalpel called the ‘plasma blade’ is said to speed up surgery and recovery. Dr. Peter Blumencranz, who has been doing breast surgery for over 30 years, says the procedure is effortless and clean.

“It’s a light touch, like butter,” said Blumencranz. “It’s very neat and I think it’s saved us time in the operating room because we are not passing instruments back and forth.”

Blumencranz uses the plasma blade to isolate lymph nodes, then sends them to the lab to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread.

A.J. Farrell, a patient of Blumencranz, believes the plasma blade helped her recover quicker than expected from the surgery. “I feel wonderful. My surgery was a week ago yesterday,” she said. “I’ve got all kinds of energy, no pain, no discomfort.”

Doctors are also using the plasma blade for plastic, reconstructive, and orthopedic surgery.

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