Lasers in Neurosurgery: State of the Art

  • P. W. Ascher
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When we were first confronted with the laser, in 1975, it was not considered useful for neurosurgery (1,2,3). We were nonetheless fascinated by the potential of a non-touch instrument and attempted to demonstrate its applicability. After theoretical considerations and animal experiments, we performed the first laser operation on a patient on July 28, 1976. Since then we have performed over 1,100 procedures with the CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers (4–8). Our early hopes for the laser have been realized and new indications added.


Nucleus Pulposus Ruby Laser Early Hope Angiomatous Lesion Endoscopic Neurosurgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. W. Ascher
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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