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TitleLasers in Neurosurgery [electronic resource] / edited by Jon H. Robertson, W. Craig Clark
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1988
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Descript XIV, 182 p. online resource


Developments in the field of instrumentation of innovative instrumentation. Although laser applications have permeated nearly every aspect are among the major contributions to human advancement. The history of surgery has seen of surgical therapy, the expectations have freยญ many revolutionary developments cause quantum quently been unrealistic and the evaluation of leaps in progress. Electrocautery, the anesthesia technological development has always been machine, computed axial tomography, and the painfully slow. The properties of vaporization, surgical microscope are all revolutionary inยญ coagulation, and cutting unified in an invisible struments that have irrevocably changed the shaft of light have enabled the neurosurgeon to direction of neurological surgery. vaporize inaccessible tumors of brain and spinal In the early stages of application, there are cord, harness recalcitrant bleeding sites, and cut always detractors and valid controversy concernยญ through the most formidable calcified tumors. ing the value of a new instrument. Some will The application of this new energy form in remember those who argued that the magnificaยญ tandem with the surgical microscope has, in my tion and illumination provided by the microยญ opinion, extended the scope of all aspects of scope were not valuable to the skilled surgeon neurosurgery. We have much more work to do. and would prolong the operative time and inยญ lt is necessary to document improved results and crease infection rates. Others may recall that demand technological advances and safe innoยญ Cushing was told to abandon the blood pressure vations


I. BACKGROUND -- 1. The History of Lasers in Neurosurgery -- 2. Laser Types -- 3. Fundamentals of Laser Physics -- 4. The Interaction of Laser Light with Neural Tissue -- II. Intracranial Applications -- 5. Benign Supratentorial Tumors -- 6. Laser Surgery for Intracranial Glial Tumors -- 7. Tumors of the Posterior Fossa and Skull Base in Adults -- 8. Using Lasers in Pediatric Neurosurgery -- 9. Stereotactic Laser Resection of Deep-Seated Tumors -- III. Spinal Applications -- 10. The Use of the Laser in the Operative Management of Intraspinal Tumors -- 11. Laser in Pain Management -- IV. Other Uses -- 12. Laser Surgery in Congenital Abnormalities -- 13. Neurosurgical Applications of the Nd: YAG Laser for Vascular Lesions -- V. Experimental Techniques -- 14. Investigational Applications

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