11 September 1989 Laser Fusion Tissue Repair With CO2 Laser
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Abstract
Low power CO2 laser energy is capable of remodeling collagen through a photothermal process. Methods of CO2 laser tissue fusion have been developed which permit repair of blood vessels, stomach, small bowel, fallopian tube, and vas deferens. Analyses of these reconstructions demonstrate significant injury in the area of laser impact but minimal injury of the luminal surface. Healing proceeds rapidly. The biomechanics of the laser repair are similar to that of suture repair. Preservation of the luminal surface and function, rapid healing, and the absence of foreign body suggest that CO2 laser repair may provide a better method of tissue reconstruction.
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John V. White, Eric Leefmans, Gwendolyn Stewart, Daniel T. Dempsey, Mira Katz, Anthony J. Comerota, "Laser Fusion Tissue Repair With CO2 Laser", Proc. SPIE 1066, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952025; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.952025
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