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Does Success Of Arthroscopic Laser Surgery In The Knee Joint Warrant Its Extension To "Non-Knee" Joints?
Author(s): Chadwick F. Smith; W. Edward Johansen; C. Thomas Vangness; Ken Yamaguchi; Emmett T. McEleney; Peter Bales
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Paper Abstract

One of the authors has performed 162 arthroscopic laser surgeries in the knee joint without any major complication. Other investigators have recently proposed diagnostic arthroscopy and arthroscopic surgery for "non-knee" joints. The authors have proposed that arthroscopic laser surgery he extended to "non-knee" joints. The authors have performed arthroscopic laser surgery on "non-knee" joints of twelve cadavers. One of the authors have performed one successful arthroscopic surgery on a shoulder joint with only a minor, transient complication of subcutaneous emphysema. Is laser arthroscopic surgery safe and effective in "non-knee" joints? The evolving answer appears to be a qualified "Yes," which needs to be verified by a multicenter trial.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1987
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0712, Lasers in Medicine, (10 March 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937345
Show Author Affiliations
Chadwick F. Smith, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)
W. Edward Johansen, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)
C. Thomas Vangness, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)
Ken Yamaguchi, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)
Emmett T. McEleney, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)
Peter Bales, Chadwick F. Smith M.D. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0712:
Lasers in Medicine
Stephen N. Joffe; John A. Parrish, Editor(s)

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