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A laser device for fusion of nasal mucosa
Author(s): Valmiki Sooklal; Jesse McClure; Luke Hooper; Michael Larson
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Paper Abstract

A prototype device has been created to fuse septal tissue membranes as an alternative to sutures or staples through the controlled application of laser heating and pressure to induce protein denaturation and subsequent tissue fusion, through renaturation and intertwining, across the interface. Lasers have been used to close wounds in controlled laboratory tests over the last 15 years. Many encouraging results have been obtained; however, no commercial delivery systems are currently available. This is due primarily to two factors: requiring an inordinate amount of experience on the part of the operator, and attempting to achieve general applicability for multiple tissue systems. The present device overcomes these barriers as it is tailored for the particular application of septal laser fusion, namely for the coaptation of mucoperichondrial membranes. The important parameters involved in fusing biological tissues are identified. The development of the device followed from computational modeling based on Monte Carlo simulation of photon transport and on engineering firstprinciples. Experiments were designed and analyzed using orthogonal arrays, employing a subset of the relevant parameters, i.e., laser irradiance, dwell time and spot size, for a range of wavelengths. The in vitro fusion experiments employed 1cm by 1cm sections of equine nasal mucosa having a nominal thickness of 1mm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7548, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VI, 75482N (2 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843854
Show Author Affiliations
Valmiki Sooklal, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs (United States)
Jesse McClure, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs (United States)
Luke Hooper, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs (United States)
Michael Larson, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7548:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VI
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Andreas Mandelis; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Nikiforos Kollias; Henry Hirschberg; Kenton W. Gregory; Reza S. Malek; E. Duco Jansen; Guillermo J. Tearney; Steen J. Madsen; Bernard Choi; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Haishan Zeng; Laura Marcu, Editor(s)

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