Photoablation of Bone and Intravertebral Discs
An introduction to the technique of laser tissue ablation was given in the previous paper on photoablation of brain tumor tissue. In neurosurgery there is often a problem to remove bone of the skull base in the depth of a microsurgical field. It is difficult to use the drill in the narrow field and heat dissipation is an additional problem. Therefore it was interesting whether small parts of bony structures could be removed by laser tissue ablation without thermal problems in the sorounding structures.
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