11 September 1989 Early Clinical Experience With Argon Ion Laser Endarterectomy
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This report describes our progress in the development of argon ion laser endarterectomy for arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Nine patients underwent 10 vascular reconstructions for claudication (6), rest pain (1), and gangrene (2). There was 1 aortoiliac endarterectomy, 6 superficial femoral artery endarterectomies, 1 profunda femoris endarterectomy and 2 popliteal endarterectomies. The reconstructions were 6 cm to 60 cm in length. The operations were performed using low power argon ion laser radiation, 1.0 W. All patients experienced symptomatic relief and had palpable pulses postoperatively. There were no perforations and there were no injuries to surrounding tissues from laser radiation. Surgical complications occurred and these were technical problems that should be eliminated from the operation with further developments. The early clinical results show that laser endarterectomy can be performed for peripheral vascular reconstruction using low power argon ion laser radiation.
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John Eugene, John Eugene, Yvon Baribeau, Yvon Baribeau, Richard A. Ott, Richard A. Ott, Stephen J. McColgan, Stephen J. McColgan, Michael W. Berns, Michael W. Berns, } "Early Clinical Experience With Argon Ion Laser Endarterectomy", Proc. SPIE 1066, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952039; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.952039

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