The Argon Laser and Its Application in Neurological Surgery

  • Michael S. B. Edwards
  • James E. Boggan


Although the argon (Ar) ion laser has been available for many years and has been widely used in ophthalmology and dermatology, its use in neurological surgery has been limited. The recent availabihty of high powered Ar lasers that can rapidly vaporize tissue, transmit light through fiberoptic delivery systems, and have variable and small spot diameters has allowed us to use the laser beneficially for a variety of neurosurgical procedures.


Argon Laser High Power Density Spinal Cord Tumor Neurological Surgery Dorsal Root Entry Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. B. Edwards
    • 1
  • James E. Boggan
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Neurological Surgery and PediatricsUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.The Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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