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The CO2 Laser in Clinical Surgery: Past, Present and Future — State of the Art

  • I. Kaplan
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Abstract

The CO2 laser has a wavelength of 10.6 microns. This is the only laser beam which is entirely absorbed by water. Since the body tissue comprises between 75% to 90% water, it follows that if the CO2 laser beam is focused on the body tissue it will cause a vaporisation of the tissue while at the same time, due to the release of thermal energy, the small blood vessels and lymphatics will be sealed. This results in a fine haemostatic incision leaving the residual tissue relatively undamanged so that one is not precluded from performing a primary repair of the residual wound, either by suturing or by skin grafting.

Keywords

Laser Surgery Decubitus Ulcer Cavernous Hemangioma Clinical Surgery Carbon Dioxide Laser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Kaplan
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  1. 1.Chilewich Chair of Plastic SurgeryTel Aviv UniversityRamat-Aviv, Tel AvivIsrael

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