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Ho:YAG laser arthroscopy of the knee
Author(s): Domenick J. Sisto; Martin E. Blazina; Linda C. Hirsh
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Paper Abstract

The HO:YAG laser is a near-contact laser with a capacity to ablate or cut tissues. The ablation function allows the surgeon to remove meniscal tissue, lyse and resect adhesions, melt loose bodies, and dissolve inflamed synovium. The cutting function of the laser is utilized to perform a lateral release or resect torn menisci. The laser can also be utilized to drill holes in Grade IV chondromalacic lesions to initiate a healing response. The laser has been embraced by orthopaedic surgeons because of its shape and versatility. The tip is only 2 mm wide and can be delivered into the tight posterior compartments of the knee with no damaging contact with the articular surfaces. The laser coagulates as it works and bleeding is minimized. The laser can function both as a cutting and ablating tool. The laser can also drill holes into subchondral bone to, hopefully, initiate a healing response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 2128, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184874
Show Author Affiliations
Domenick J. Sisto, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute (United States)
Martin E. Blazina, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute (United States)
Linda C. Hirsh, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2128:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV
R. Rox Anderson; R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

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