Sutureless end-to-end bowel anastomosis using an argon laser and water-soluble intraluminal stent.

A. J. Costello, D. E. Johnson, D. M. Cromeens, K. I. Wishnow, Jae Ro

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Abstract

Sutureless end-to-end intestinal anastomoses were constructed in New Zealand white rabbits using an argon laser to weld the tissue edges, which were temporarily held together by a biodegradable, water-soluble, intraluminal stent. Various power settings ranging from 1.5 to 5 W were used with and without an exogenous chromophore (India ink). Delivering 4 W of power without using an exogenous chromophore but applying a continuous saline drip to the anastomotic seam during lasing proved most successful. We conclude that argon laser energy can be used to construct successful sutureless end-to-end intestinal anastomoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of clinical laser medicine & surgery
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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