Percutaneous Endoscopic Laser Discectomy — Experimental Results

  • H. M. Mayer
  • M. Brock
  • E. Stein
  • G. Müller


The use of laser as a “surgical tool” has been widely accepted in medicine [1, 8, 9]. Laser is superior to mechanical instruments, especially in procedures which benefit from a no-touch technique, such as ablation, cutting or coagulation. The advantage of negligible trauma to structures surrounding the operating field is of utmost importance in neurosurgery. Thus, the use of laser has definitely improved the removal of brain tumors in critical locations [3, 5, 6, 9, 10]. Moreover, laser technology has led to a dramatic progress in endoscopic interventions. The higher flexibility achieved by the use of flexible quartz fibers permits the removal of normal or pathological tissue from the pulmonary or gastrointestinal tract [13].


Nucleus Pulposus Lumbar Disc Annulus Fibrosus Intervertebral Space Nucleus Pulposus Tissue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. M. Mayer
    • 1
  • M. Brock
    • 1
  • E. Stein
    • 2
  • G. Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurochirurgische Klinik, Klinikum SteglitzFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 45Germany
  2. 2.Lasermedizin-Zentrum Berlin GmbHBerlin 45Germany

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