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11 September 1989 The Thulium-Holmium-Chromium:YAG Laser: A New Tool For Microvascular Anastomosis
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Laser assisted microvascular anastomosis with a variety of lasers has been reported to provide shorter operating times, less tissue reaction and possibly better long term patency rates. We describe our experience using a pulsed thulium-holmium-chromium:YAG laser (2.15 micron) to construct sutureless microvascular anastomoses. The intermediate absorption of this wavelength compared with CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers, allows uniform heating of the vessel wall. End-to-end anastomoses of 10 rat carotid arteries were created with the THC:YAG laser. Histologic sections of anastomosed vessels confirmed full thickness fusion of the media with minimal thermal damage. Bursting pressures were all in excess of 300 mm Hg. The THC:YAG laser creates vascular fusion of sufficient immediate strength to perform microvascular anastomosis.
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Lawrence S. Bass, Michael R. Treat, Carl Dzakonski, James Andrew, and Stephen L. Trokel "The Thulium-Holmium-Chromium:YAG Laser: A New Tool For Microvascular Anastomosis", Proc. SPIE 1066, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems, (11 September 1989);


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