Laser Applications on Orthopaedic Bone Repair
Final rept. 1 Sep 2010-28 Feb 2013
RUSH UNIV MEDICAL CENTER CHICAGO IL
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It has been reported that more than 30,000 American service members have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last six years. The majority of service members who are wounded in action sustain musculoskeletal injuries such as the orthopedic-related trauma involving the upper and lower extremities present with a significant bone defect. Bone allografts have become an accepted technology to replace bone loss. However, major complications reported for grafting procedures are infection, bone graft fracture, non-union at the graft-host interface, and, rarely, massive allograft resorption. Recent advances in technology have led to a development of novel approaches for use of lasers in hard tissue surgeries in the dental field. The laser that show the most promise for hard tissue surgery is the erbiumYAG ErYAG laser.
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