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22 May 1997 New application of a bipolar Nd:YAG handpiece in laser cardiac surgery
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A bipolar Nd-YAG laser (1.064 micrometer) handpiece was experimentally examined for a venous dissection without scissors and sutures and clinically introduced for the vein graft harvesting in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Experimental study: One hundred and thirty-five segments of the mongrel dog veins were employed. Nd-YAG laser was irradiated on the vein held by the bipolar Nd-YAG handpiece at the power of 5, 9, 13, and 17 watts, and success defined as a complete vein citing without bleeding at the laser-applied sites were gained in all except three; 97.8% of success rate. Laser exposure time for cutting the vein decreased in order to an increase of the applied laser power, and the veins of bigger diameter needed more longer exposure time in the group of the same laser power. An average exposure time was 4.4 seconds for the veins of 1 mm diameter at 13 watts. In histological examination, a vascular lumen at the cutting site was diminished and covered with a degenerated vascular wall, and bleeding was not seen in all specimen. Clinical study: In 18 cases of CABG the bipolar Nd-YAG handpiece was applied to cut the branches of the great saphenous vein without scissors and sutures. Forty-two grafts harvested by this handpiece were used for aortocoronary bypass grating. All were survived and the angiographic examination demonstrated a 90% of graft patency at an average period of 3.5 years after the operation. Laser-induced morphological change such as aneurysmal formation or graft stenosis was not recognized.
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Tetsuo Mizutani M.D., Hitoshi Suzuki M.D., and Yoshihiko Katayama M.D. "New application of a bipolar Nd:YAG handpiece in laser cardiac surgery", Proc. SPIE 2970, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII, (22 May 1997);


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