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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Bonding surgical incisions using a temperature-controlled laser system based on a single infrared fiber
Author(s): Ilan Gabay; Irina S. Barequet; David Varssano; Mordechai Rosner; Abraham Katzir
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Paper Abstract

Although there has been great interest in laser heating for bonding of surgical incisions in tissues, it has not gained wide acceptance by surgeons. We argue that the main obstacle has been the lack of temperature control, which may lead to a weak bonding. We previously developed a laser bonding system based on two infrared transmitting AgBrCl fibers, one for laser heating and one for temperature control. In view of the inherent limitations of such systems observed in many animal experiments, we developed an improved system based on a single infrared fiber. Besides the decreased dimensions, this system offers many advantages over the two-fiber system. It is less sensitive to accuracy of height and tilt of the fiber distal tip above the tissue, ensuring more accurate heating that can potentially lead to stronger bonding with minimal thermal damage. The system is successfully tested in the soldering of 15 corneal incisions, ex vivo. Histopathology shows little thermal damage and good wound apposition. The average burst pressure is 100±30  mm Hg . These findings indicate the usefulness of the system for ophthalmic surgery as well as other surgical procedures, including endoscopic and robotic surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(11) 111416 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.11.111416
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Ilan Gabay, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Irina S. Barequet, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
David Varssano, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Ctr. (Israel)
Mordechai Rosner, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Abraham Katzir, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)

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