Temporomandibular discectomies were performed in sheep using a CO2 microsurgical laser as the experimental variable and conventional scissors and scalpels as the control. Histologic sections at 1, 3, 7, 14, and 30 days failed to reveal any significant difference between groups, nor was there any significant difference noted in the subjective evaluation of intraoperative bleeding. These findings suggest that when performing discectomies, the laser offers no advantage over conventional techniques.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery