Argon laser coagulation of blood for the anastomosis of small vessels

R. R. Krueger, E. E. Almquist

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A new technique is introduced in which an argon laser coagulates blood to form an adherent sleeve for the anastomosis of small vessels. The argon laser solidifies the blood into a dark tensile substance which supports the site of repair until vascular continuity is achieved. Laser pulses of 0.75 W and 0.5 seconds exposure are used, and damage to the underlying vessel wall is minimal. A histological analysis is performed and the results are examined qualitatively. The technique shows advantages of speed, reduced vascular trauma, and external protection at the site of vascular repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • argon laser
  • blood coagulation
  • catheterization
  • vessel anastomosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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