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Old 06-24-2017, 08:12 PM
TriPolar TriPolar is offline
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Cauterization goes far back in history. However the wiki indicates it may not have been greatly effective at preventing infection.

Cautery was historically believed to prevent infection, but current research shows that cautery actually increases the risk for infection by causing more tissue damage and providing a more hospitable environment for bacterial growth