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Thursday, December 12, 2013
How does the Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator work?
To my knowledge, there are no applications of the Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator relevant to stroke. Thus, this question is outside the scope of my expertise. However, a quick literature search shows that this is a device that surgeons can use to remove masses (tumors), especially those that are fibrous. My assumption is that the ultrasound energy emitted by this device help disrupt/break up the tumor, and then the fragments can be aspirated (sucked out). I hope this helps. You might try to redirect your question to another specialty area relevant to surgery.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati