This was a patient with a known history of prostate cancer, undergoing a robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and left pelvic lymph node dissection when the physicians assistant commented that he smelled garlic.
Intra-operatively, it was immediately noticed that the monopolar scissors flamed, sparked and smoked at the joint when activated by the surgeon.
Instrument was immediately removed from the patient.
Per the surgeon there was no harm to the patient in any way.
There was no thermal effect from the incident.