In minimally invasive procedures, Avera McKennan surgeons use the Covidien Sonicision™ cordless ultrasonic device. This hand-held, battery-powered surgical instrument was developed for soft tissue incision in a wide variety of surgical procedures. The innovative device delivers high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations, which simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue. The cordless design allows for more freedom of movement and better efficiency in the operating room. This device won the 2013 Medical Design Excellence Award.