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Er:YAG laser for the surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
Author(s): Detlef Russ; Thomas Ebinger; Wolfgang Illich; Rudolf W. Steiner
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Paper Abstract

We developed a new surgical procedure to improve the recurrence rate using an Er:YAG laser as dissection tool for the carpal ligament with the objective to ablate a small amount of the carpal ligament and to denaturate its ends. The Er:YAG Laser was transmitted to the applicator via a GeO fiber. With this system we proceeded 10 carpal ligament dissections without any complications in the follow-up period. All patients were free of pain and recurrence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5142, Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions, (16 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.501157
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Detlef Russ, Institut fuer Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Messtechnik an der Ulm (Germany)
Thomas Ebinger, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Wolfgang Illich, Dornier MedTech Laser GmbH (Germany)
Rudolf W. Steiner, Institut fuer Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Messtechnik an der Ulm (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5142:
Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions
Rudolf W. Steiner, Editor(s)

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