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Importance of wound stabilization in early wound healing of laser skin welds
Author(s): Sharon L. Thomsen; Eric K. Chan; Ingrid M. Stubig; Thomas Menovsky; Ashley J. Welch
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Paper Abstract

Photothermal coagulation of indocyanine/fibrinogen/hyaluronate `glue' with diode laser irradiation (ICG) produces mechanically more stable wound closures in rat skin incisions when compared to wounds closed by CW HoYAG laser irradiation alone. However, neither laser- medicated technique produced wound closures as stabile as the sutured wounds. The predominant advantages of photothermal closure of skin wounds are short operating times and formation of fluid tight bonds with minimal tissue manipulation. The added stability of ICG/laser closed wounds demonstrated in this study suggests the possible usefulness of this technique to close skin wounds in areas of low skin tension.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2395, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209136
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Sharon L. Thomsen, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Eric K. Chan, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Ingrid M. Stubig, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Thomas Menovsky, Academic Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Ashley J. Welch, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2395:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V
R. Rox Anderson; Graham M. Watson; Rudolf W. Steiner; Douglas E. Johnson; Stanley M. Shapshay; Michail M. Pankratov; George S. Abela; Lawrence S. Bass; John V. White; Rodney A. White; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; C. Thomas Vangsness, Editor(s)

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