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Technique of CO2 laser arthroscopic surgery
Author(s): Menachem M. Meller; Henry H. Sherk; Anthony L.B. Rhodes; John Sazy; Gurvinder S. Uppal; Gregory J. Lane
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Paper Abstract

The CO2 laser was selected for arthroscopic surgery due to its availability in the hospital high power output and excellent absorption by unpigmented tissues. During the course of this study 4 generations of laser instruments were tested. These include the focused beam delivered via a handpiece the (3 mm O.D.) macrowaveguide the (1.5 mm Q.D.) microwaveguide and the flexible waveguide. The latter two devices complement each other in that the microwaveguide will tolerate and retain up to a 30 degree(s) curve. The flexible waveguide will clear narrow joint tolerances without creating lesions in the articular surface. CO2 laser arthroscopic tissue ablation must be done under gaseous joint distention but this presents no undue difficulties. At the completion of the procedure saline irrigation must be done for char removal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1424, Lasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43991
Show Author Affiliations
Menachem M. Meller, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Henry H. Sherk, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Anthony L.B. Rhodes, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
John Sazy, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Gurvinder S. Uppal, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)
Gregory J. Lane, Medical College of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1424:
Lasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine
Stephen J. O'Brien; Douglas N. Dederich; Harvey Wigdor; Ava Micky Trent, Editor(s)

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