28 October 2009 Laser assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA): a promising nonsuture technique for surgery
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Abstract
The first successful experiment of laser vascular welding was reported in 1979. Laser assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA) is looked as a particularly promising non-suture method in future. We performed a Medline literature search on laser vessel welding combined with cross-referencing. According to the former experimental animal studies, CO2-, argon-, diode-, KTP-, Holmium:YAG-, and Nd:YAG-lasers have been used for LAVA. Almost all lasers have been used in combination with stay suture and/or solders in order to improve the strength on anastomosis site. Advantages of LAVA are minimal vessel damage, faster operation and the potential for minimally invasive application. However, the clinical application of LAVA is still seldom employed because of aneurysm formation. In conclusion of the literature study, the diode laser is the most popular, but long-term evaluation is required.
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Chen Chen, Chen Chen, Fei Peng, Fei Peng, Dahai Xu, Dahai Xu, Qinghua Cheng, Qinghua Cheng, "Laser assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA): a promising nonsuture technique for surgery", Proc. SPIE 7519, Eighth International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine (PIBM 2009), 75190S (28 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.841933; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.841933
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