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Laser/Light Applications in General Surgery

  • Raymond J. Lanzafame
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Abstract

Lasers and light source technologies have been applied to a wide variety of open and laparoscopic procedures in general surgery and other disciplines.

The ability to produce highly precise and controllable effects on tissues, and the potential to facilitate complex dissection make these devices a welcome addition to the armamentarium of the surgeon.

Each laser wavelength has a characteristic effect on tissue and it is the combination of the laser tissue interaction and the selection of the appropriate delivery systems and laser parameters that determine the ultimate effects of laser use during surgery.

This chapter will review the array of laser technologies available for both open and laparoscopic surgical use and will discuss the relative merits and disadvantages of each.

Keywords

Iatrogenic Injury Holmium Laser Bare Fiber Free Beam Electrosurgical Device 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Surgery, Rochester General HospitalRochesterUSA

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