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Oculoplastic surgery with a contact Nd:YAG laser silica scalpel. A case report.

Authors
  • Fankhauser, F
  • Piffaretti, J M
  • Henchoz, P D
  • England, C
  • Kwasniewska, S
  • Van der Zypen, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of ophthalmology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1995
Volume
5
Issue
3
Pages
160–167
Identifiers
PMID: 8845683
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Baso-cellular carcinomas involving the medial canthal regions of both eyes were resected using a 10 W cw-Nd: YAG laser scalpel. The wound bed was repaired one side by a free, split-thickness graft and on the other by a frontal pedicle flap. Surgery was, for the most part, virtually bloodless. Since laser radiation immediately seals both capillaries and lymphatics, the incidence of postoperative hemorrhage and edema was significantly less than after cold scalpel surgery. Healing was uneventful. The advantages of laser-assisted surgery are worthy of consideration: not only is the operation time markedly curtailed, but the wound healing response is excellent, with only a minimal inflammatory reaction.

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