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Effects of a low-power He-Ne laser on the healing of experimental colon anastomoses: our experience
Author(s): Francisco Asencio-Arana; Vicente Garcia-Fons; Vicente Torres-Gil; Ernesto Molina-Andreu; Jose Vidal-Martinez; R. Perez-Sarrio; Francisco Martinez-Soriano
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Paper Abstract

Despite technical advances, the incidence of anastomotic leaks in elective colorectal surgery remains around 14%. Recent studies suggest that the use of low-energy lasers may enhance wound healing in different tissues in a selective, nondestructive manner. Based on these findings we have attempted to provide experimental background on the effects of a He-Ne laser during the early stages of healing in 155 colonic anastomoses performed on rats. The irradiation (external or endoscopical) ofthe anastomoses by repeated doses below 4 J/cm2 suggest (1) the laser-induced enhancement of anastomotic healing can be obtained in both healthy colons or in situations in which anastomotic breakdown is more likely, such as colonic obstruction; (2) the photochemical effects observed can be transmitted through optic fibers; (3) energy densities above the range of 4 J/cm2 show no benefit in wound-healing stimulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 31(7) doi: 10.1117/12.58735
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 31, Issue 7
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Francisco Asencio-Arana, n (Spain)
Vicente Garcia-Fons, Hospital Insalud, 'Dr. Peset' (Spain)
Vicente Torres-Gil, Hospital Insalud, `Dr. Peset` (Spain)
Ernesto Molina-Andreu, Hospital Insalud, 'Dr. Peset' (Spain)
Jose Vidal-Martinez, Hospital Insalud, 'Dr. Peset' (Spain)
R. Perez-Sarrio, Hospital Insalud, `Dr. Peset` (Spain)
Francisco Martinez-Soriano, Univ. of Valencia (Spain)

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