Initial clinical experience with a combined pulsed holmium-neodymium- YAG laser in minimally invasive neurosurgery

A. Büki, T. Dóczi, F. Veto, Z. Horváth, F. Gallyas

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Abstract

Various biophysical features of the laser beam have already been utilized in clinical neurosurgery. However, the application of this therapeutic modality has by no means been overexploited. The history of laser application in neurosurgery has shown that there is no universal laser system capable of performing all surgical tasks in a suitable manner. The best results in traditional neurosurgery were achieved with instruments combining various wavelengths, such as the CO2 and neodymium-YAG lasers. A pulsed holmium-YAG and neodymium-YAG (Ho:YAG and Nd:YAG) combined laser have been recently developed to meet the special requirements of minimally invasive neurosurgery. The system consists of a compact double-crystal single-head solid-state laser system generating 2 different wavelengths (Ho:YAG 2.08 μm and Nd:YAG 1.05 μm), selected for their capabilities of efficient coagulation and ablation. The two wavelengths are coupled into a common flexible optical fiber, which allows endoscopic application. The wavelengths can act simultaneously or separately without any interchange of the instruments. The system was employed first for experimental and subsequently for clinical purposes, primarily for endoscopic operations. In this work the initial clinical experience is reported. The excellent haemostatic properties of the Nd:YAG laser and the ablative properties of the Ho:YAG laser were confirmed. It was concluded that simultaneous application of the two laser modalities within one flexible fiber offers new perspectives in tissue handling in endoscopic neurosurgery and as in open microsurgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalMinimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Volume42
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999

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Keywords

  • Brain tumour
  • Holmium-YAG laser
  • Neodymium-YAG laser
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Two-wavelength laser

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  • Clinical Neurology

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Initial clinical experience with a combined pulsed holmium-neodymium- YAG laser in minimally invasive neurosurgery. / Büki, A.; Dóczi, T.; Veto, F.; Horváth, Z.; Gallyas, F.

In: Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Vol. 42, No. 1, 03.1999, p. 35-40.

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