From the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery (Drs Talmor and Poppas), and the Center for Pediatric Urology, Department
of Urology (Drs Bleustein and Poppas), Children's Hospital of New York City.
Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York
Laser tissue welding as well as other alternative methods of closure
will play a more important role in surgical specialties as laparoscopic, endoscopic,
and microsurgical techniques continue to develop. Laser tissue welding uses
laser energy to anastomose tissues and is ideally suited for applications
in which suturing and stapling is difficult. Recent advances have led to a
better understanding of the mechanisms of tissue welding. Additionally, technical
achievements including the introduction of protein solders and temperature-controlled
feedback systems have led to the acceptance of laser tissue welding in clinical
medicine. In this article, we describe the history and development of laser
tissue welding and review the current and potential applications of this technology.
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