with its unique combination of irrigation, deflection and the ability to use laser and conventional instruments, allows the surgeon to perform simple nerve root decompression or a complete discectomy.
LASE uses the Ho:YAG laser,surgical instruments and irrigation to facilitate nerve root decompression or discectomy.
equivalent or better than conventional spine surgery while providing the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure.
to verify the desired end point. The pulsed Ho:YAG laser, with its extremely shallow penetration (less than 0.5 mm in water), has consistently proven to be the most effective and safest method for delivering ablative energy through a small cannula.
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Ease of use:
Combines guide needle, working channel, soft tissue dilator, trephine, and a steerable integrated laser fiber and endoscope in one sterile disposable set.
State of the art system:
Integrates illumination, imaging, irrigation, outflow and therapeutic Ho:YAG laser fiber.
Physician can identify target tissue, observe tissue effects and verify the amount of tissue removed.
Little or no skin scar with low morbidity.
Choice of therapeutic instruments:
The LASE working cannula accepts surgical instruments such as grasping and biopsy cupped forceps to allow you to do a true discectomy.
Keeps the disc cool and provides copius flushing to remove disc material.
Minimally invasive spine surgery has been shown to be more successful than conventional surgery when applied to appropriately selected patients. 1,2,3
LASE with its unique combination of irrigation, deflection and the ability to use laser and conventional instruments allows the surgeon to perform simple nerve root decompression or a complete discectomy. 4
The use of endoscopy has proven to yield results equivalent or better than conventional spine surgery while providing the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure. 5
Endoscopy enables the physician to visualize the procedure and to verify the desired end point.
The pulsed Ho: YAG laser with its extremely shallow penetration (less than 0.5 mm in water) has consistently proven to be the most effective and the safest method for delivering ablative energy through a small cannula. 1,2,6
Complication rates for percutaneous spine procedures including laser have consistently been reported at less than 1%, a considerable reduction from the normal 3% to 5% reported for open spine surgery. 2,7
Minimally invasive spine surgery shares the advantages of low morbidity, reduced postoperative pain and short recovery time common to all successful minimally invasive surgical techniques. 1,5
1 Chui:MulticenterStudyofPercutaneousEndoscopic Discectomy. J Minim Invasive Spinal Tech, pp33-37, Dec. 2001
2 Casper: Results of a Clinical Trial of the Ho:Yag Laser in Disc Decompression Utilizing a Side-Firing Fiber. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 19:90-96, 1996
3 Spangfort 72: ACTA Orthopaedica Scandinavica, Supplement No. 142, 1972
4 Savitz: Same-day Microsurgical Arthroscopic Lateral- approach Laser-assisted (SMALL) Fluoroscopic Discectomy. J. Neurosurg. 1994
5 Hermantin: A Prospective, Randomized Study Comparing Results of Open Discectomy with Video Assisted Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy. J of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1999
7 Kotilainen 93: Kotilainen, Valtonen, Carlson, Acta
Neurochir (Wien), Vol. 120, 1993, pp 143-149