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Lasers in orthopedics
Author(s): Henry H. Sherk M.D.; Anthony L.B. Rhodes M.D.; Menachem M. Meller M.D.
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Paper Abstract

Orthopedic Surgery is that surgical discipline which deals with the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedists therefore operate on joints, the spine and long bones and engage in such subsecialities as sports medicine, hand surgery, trauma surgery, and joint replacements. Since they must cut and shape bone, cartilage, tendon, and ligament, orthopedists have developed a number of mechanical techniques to achieve these ends and surgical lasers have found few applications in orthopedics because until now they have not been useful for cutting bone. In the past several years, however, there has been considerable interest in several areas within the field of orthopedic surgery that do not entail actual bone surgery and it is expected that as newer and more powerful lasers become available laser osteotomy may become feasible and even routine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1200, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17464
Show Author Affiliations
Henry H. Sherk M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Anthony L.B. Rhodes M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Menachem M. Meller M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)


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

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