Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 7, Issue 2–3, pp 151–158 | Cite as

Use of the Nd-YAG laser in neurosurgery

  • Otto J. Beck
II. Laser in neurosurgery


After many years of experience, in general we prefere the Nd-YAG laser, although the CO2 laser is an advantage in a few specific cases (lipomas, cranial synostosis). While the focused CO2 laser may be used as a cutting instrument in less vascular tissue with little trauma to the surroundings, the Nd-YAG laser produces a homogeneous coagulation with an energy dependent depth effect. Thus, with the Nd-YAG laser residual tumour tissue can be selectively and with a predictable depth effect thermally destroyed. Because of its excellent coagulation property, the use of the Nd-YAG laser is particularly indicated in highly vascular meningeal tumours. The shrinkage of a tumour and its demarcation which is due to the varying absorption properties facilitates the dissection and allows in addition the preservation of normal tissue.


Laser in neurosurgery Nd-YAG laser 


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© Walter de Gruyter & Co. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto J. Beck
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurochirurgische KlinikLudwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Klinikum GroßhadernF. R. Germany
  2. 2.Klinikum GroßhadernNeurochirurgische UniversitätsklinikMünchen 70F. R. Germany

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