Use of the argon surgical laser in neurosurgery

S. K. Powers, M. S B Edwards, James E Boggan

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Abstract

The argon surgical laser has been used in 68 neurosurgical procedures that included the removal of intracranial and intraspinal tumors, spinal cord fenestration for syringomyelia, and the production of dorsal root entry zone lesions. Characteristics that make the argon surgical laser a useful microneurosurgical instrument include the availability of a fiberoptic delivery system, a laser spot size that can be varied continuously between 0.15 and 1.5 mm, a single laser-aiming and treatment beam, the transmission of argon laser light through aqueous media such as irrigating or cerebrospinal fluids, and improved hemostasis compared to conventional techniques. The argon laser is limited primarily by its relatively low power output (less than 16 W), which makes the excision of large tumors difficult. However, even with these limitations, which can be used to advantage in the proper setting, the authors' laboratory and clinical experience suggests that the argon surgical laser may be useful in certain microneurosurgical operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-530
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume60
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Powers, S. K., Edwards, M. S. B., & Boggan, J. E. (1984). Use of the argon surgical laser in neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery, 60(3), 523-530.