Primate Peripheral Nerve Anastomosis with CO3 Laser
The CO2 laser has become widely used for its ability to vaporize neoplasms of the central nervous system and in neuroablative procedures. New research in laser engineering and laboratory experimentation has led to our ability to bond tissues using CO2 laser energy in the milliwatt range with a small and accurate delivery system. These technological improvements have been utilized in an attempt to develop a better method of anastomosing blood vessels, nerves, fallopian tubes, and vas deferens and in closing dura. We investigated the use of the milliwatt CO2 laser for peripheral nerve repair in a higher animal model for inference of the possibility of human application of this technique.
KeywordsNerve Conduction Velocity Repair Site Microvascular Anastomosis Foreign Body Response Suture Anastomosis
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