Laser scalpel for solid organ surgery

Martin B. Durtschi, Joseph C. Stothert, Bonnie Ashleman, David C. Auth, Ming J. Lee, David M. Heimbach, C. James Carrico

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Hemostasis remains a major technical problem in surgery of the liver and spleen. A high power neodymiumdoped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has been coupled with a fiberoptic delivery system and quartz blade designed to yield maximal hemostasis and minimal tissue injury. In a series of experiments we were unable to demonstrate a significant advantage of its use in partial hepatic lobectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-668
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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