Lasers and Electrothermal Devices

  • Daniel J. Nagle


The Ho:YAG laser and RF devices are valuable tools in the wrist surgeon’s armamentarium. The advantages of the laser/RF devices include their small size and the efficiency they bring to wrist arthroscopy, as well as their ability to cauterize and precisely titrate the amount of power delivered to the operative site. This chapter reviews the physics of lasers and radio frequency devices as well as their impact on the tissues of the wrist. The use of lasers and thermal devices in wrist arthroscopy is systematically presented.


Ulnar Variance Distal Ulna Ulnar Head Bipolar Device Interosseous Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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