Techniques of Laser Burn Surgery

  • James P. Fidler


The two major problems in laser burn surgery are the excision or removal of thermally injured tissue and the closure of the wound with a skin graft. The excision of a thermal burn performed with conventional instruments requires major blood volume replacement. Skin grafts placed on an excised surface must acquire new circulation in order to remain viable and survive. The ideal laser must cut or excise tissue efficiently, coagulate or close the ends of blood vessels, and permit the growth of new blood vessels into a skin graft.


Skin Graft Carbon Dioxide Laser Edema Fluid Heat Damage Decrease Blood Loss 
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