Lasers in neurosurgery: a review.

In recent years neurosurgeons have shown an increasing interest in lasers. An understanding of the basic laser mechanism and tissue effects is important. CO2 laser is an excellent no-touch tool for excising and evaporating brain tumors. It has several other uses in neurosurgery both with free-hand technique and with microscope attachment and a micromanipulator. It is easier and more precise to manipulate a laser beam than any of the conventional instruments. Nd:YAG and argon lasers are more effective for coagulation of blood vessels and for dealing with vascular neoplasms. Microvascular anastamosis has been achieved with the use of Nd:YAG laser in experimental animals and has potential for practical application in extra-intracranial bypass operations. There are many advantages and some disadvantages to the use of lasers in neurosurgery.
AuthorsK K Jain
JournalLasers in surgery and medicine (Lasers Surg Med) Vol. 2 Issue 3 Pg. 217-30 ( 1983) ISSN: 0196-8092 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID6405109 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
Chemical References
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Argon
  • Argon
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Central Nervous System Diseases (surgery)
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy
  • Lasers (adverse effects)
  • Microsurgery
  • Neurosurgery

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