Cauterization?(or?cauterisation, or?cautery) is a medical practice or technique of?burning?a part of a body to remove or close off a part of it. It destroys some tissue in an attempt to mitigate?bleeding?and damage, remove an undesired growth, or minimize other potential medical harm, such as?infections?when?antibiotics?are unavailable.
The practise was once widespread for treatment of wounds. Its utility before the advent of antibiotics was said to be effective at more than one level:
- To prevent?exsanguination
- To close?amputations