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2.1 μm Holmium:YAG Arthroscopic Laser Débridement of Degenerative Knees: 148 Cases

  • Pekka Mooar

Abstract

Laser energy has been shown to have biologic effects on articular cartilage (Schultz et al., 1985). It has been demonstrated with several wavelengths that it can be used for arthroscopic applications. It has precision in cutting, making it attractive for the management of articular flap tears. Laser energy appears to preserve more remaining articular cartilage than do mechanical shavers. The combination of cartilage sparing and biostimulation offer theoretic improvements over mechanical instrumentation. The 2.1 μm holmium:YAG laser has the added advantage of versatility and has been my arthroscopic instrument of choice for performing combined partial meniscectomy and chondroplasty in degenerative knees.

Keywords

Articular Cartilage Laser Energy Mechanical Debridement Chondral Surface Degenerative Knee 
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