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Laser arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee
Author(s): Chadwick F. Smith; Ed Johansen; Todd Bonvalet; Leroy V. Sutter; G. June Marshall
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Paper Abstract

The laser is used less in orthopaedics than in any other medical specialty. Improving technology and the impressive effect of the CO2 laser on orthopaedic tissues has, however, accelerated the interest of orthopaedic surgeons over the past two years. The carbon dioxide laser is now commonly used in orthopaedics for difficult to access lesions of the knee - particularly those of a degenerative nature with high surface area and low volume. The results are presented in this paper and reveal no evidence of lasting complications. Although several types of lasers are being experimentally utilized in orthopaedics, the YAG and CO2 lasers are the only lasers commonly utilized. The YAG laser is utilized for shoulder arthroscopy and offers the advantage of passage of energy through fiber and the ability to utilize the tool in an aqueous environment. It is too early to determine as to whether or not the YAG laser or the CO2 laser will be the most efficient energy delivery system for use in the shoulder.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1200, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17462
Show Author Affiliations
Chadwick F. Smith, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)
Ed Johansen, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)
Todd Bonvalet, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)
Leroy V. Sutter, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)
G. June Marshall, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1200:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II
Stephen N. Joffe; Kazuhiko Atsumi, Editor(s)

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