23 December 1994 Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: technique, safety, and results
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Proceedings Volume 2327, Medical Applications of Lasers II; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.197588
Event: International Symposium on Biomedical Optics Europe '94, 1994, Lille, France
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is a minimally invasive method of removing the diseased gallbladder. It was introduced into Lithuania in December 1992 and has gained wide acceptance. While LC offers many advantages over the conventional laparotomy procedure one of its drawbacks is delayed biliary complications. Those complications may be avoided with appropriate precautions. The aim of this research is to maximize the safety of LC. The potential way to solve this problem is to minimize the possible heat damage and electrical injury remote from the site of surgery during dissection of the cystic duct, cystic artery, and the gallbladder. Neodymium:YAG laser applications with endoscopic fiber have been investigated. The possibilities to use it as a scalpel and as coagulator to release the gallbladder from all its peritoneal attachments during LC have been investigated. The controversy over optimal sources for thermal dissection of the gallbladder has been performed. The potential benefits of Nd:YAG laser in surgery -- precise cutting, limited collateral tissue damage, and improved capillary and arteriole hemostasis -- have been found.
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Gintaras Simutis, A. Bubnys, Aurelija Vaitkuviene, "Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: technique, safety, and results", Proc. SPIE 2327, Medical Applications of Lasers II, (23 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.197588; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.197588

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