The Future Of Lasers In Orthopedic Surgery

Henry H. Sherk and Menachem Meller

Lasers have not been universally accepted in orthopedic surgery. In fact, there is a strong resistance to the development of this technology. However, it seems that there may be a significant place for lasers in the treatment of musculoskeletal lesions and that wide acceptance of lasers in orthopedic surgery will depend on the facilitation of operations and techniques currently dependent on mechanical instrumentation, as well as making the procedures cost-effective. During the past five years, orthopedic surgeons have found many applications for lasers. These include laser applications in arthroscopy, discectomy, joint revisions, and tissue welding.

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