Rami Arieli: "The
Laser Adventure" Chapter 9.2.1 page 1
9.2.1 Lasers in Medical Surgery
Almost every medical surgery in which a removal of tissue is
required or a cut needs to be made, can be done with a laser.
In general, the results of surgery using lasers are better than the
results using a surgical knife.
The Advantages of Laser Surgery:
Dry field of surgery, because laser
energy seals small blood vessels.
Less postoperative pain, because of
the sealing of nerve ends.
No contact with mechanical instruments, so sterilization
is built in.
Clear field of view, because no mechanical
instrument blocks it.
Possible wavelength specific reaction
of specific colors of biological tissue.
Possibility to perform microsurgery under a microscope.
The laser beam passes through the same microscope.
Possibility to perform surgical procedures inside
the body without opening it, using optical fibers to transmit
the laser beam.
The laser can be used as a precise cutting tool.
It can be controlled by a computer,
and operate with a very small area of effect under a microscope.