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Arthroscopic contact Nd:YAG laser meniscectomy: surgical technique and clinical follow-up
Author(s): Stephen J. O'Brien; Drew V. Miller; Stephen V. Fealy; Mary Ann Gibney; Anne M. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

Fifteen patients were studied prospectively as a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the contact Neodynium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser in performing arthroscopic meniscal resection in a saline medium, (Surgical Laser Technologies; Malverne, PA). All fifteen patients were rated as having clinically excellent results based on pain relief, wound healing, and post-operative swelling. Although there was increased time involved with setting up and calibrating the laser, there was not an increase in time for meniscal resection. In addition, the decreased need for secondary trimming and increased accessibility to the posterior horns of the menisci represent advantages over conventional instruments. Based on the findings, arthroscopic contact Nd:YAG laser surgery is a safe and effective clinical tool for meniscal resection which may, with increased technological advancements and cost reduction, replace standard instrumentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1424, Lasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43992
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Stephen J. O'Brien, Hospital for Special Surgery (United States)
Drew V. Miller, Hospital for Special Surgery (United States)
Stephen V. Fealy, Hospital for Special Surgery (United States)
Mary Ann Gibney, Hospital for Special Surgery (United States)
Anne M. Kelly, Hospital for Special Surgery (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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