The Nd:YAG Laser — Applications in Surgery

  • R. A. Kirschner
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 252)


The Nd:YAG laser that is used in surgery today is a CW instrument that has an output of 1,064 nm in near-infrared light spectrum. This modality has become the second most important tool in the laser surgeon’s armamentarium, the first being the CO2 laser. The light emitted from the Nd:YAG laser may be transmitted through a flexible quartz fibreoptic. This ability frees the surgeon from cumbersome articulated arms, when the laser is used in the hand-held or macro mode. It also permits laser energy to be transmitted through flexible endoscopes. This latter ability was responsible for the rapid establishment of this tool in surgery. The NdrYAG laser is a poor cutter and an excellent coagulator. It has a propensity for increased absorption by darkly pigmented tissue.


Cavernous Hemangioma Diamond Coat Flexible Technique Focus Laser Radiation Pigment Tissue 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Kirschner
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  1. 1.The Institute for Applied Laser Surgery, Inc.Suburban General HospitalBala CynwydUSA

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