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Ultra minimally invasive orthopedic

Yifei Liu, Markolf Niemz
Although lasers are nowadays widely accepted as a popular scalpel of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), one of the most common orthopedic surgeries-the replacement of the knee joint-is still performed using an ordinary oscillating saw. Since ultra-short laser pulses are usually considered to be inefficient regardless of their high precision, the newest development of femtosecond laser systems has not yet been clinically applied to any mass ablation situation. However, thin disk Yb:KYW lasers meanwhile provide sufficient output power to ablate bone tissue within a reasonable time frame...
September 2007: Lasers in Medical Science
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