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As the bottom panel of FIGURE 5 shows, excised nodules were deep and large; neither laser nor electrosurgery would have been able to ablate or devitalize the deep endometriosis at the base of these 2-cm nodules.
Minimal cautery use is generally recommended; the assumption is that cauterization devitalizes tissue, hindering the angiogenesis needed for wound repair.
Her environment entraps and devitalizes her: "when you looked up from this shut-in flowered patio, you saw the huge pink cone of the silver-mud refuse, and the machinery of the extracting plant against heaven above.