Lasers have been used in surgery for decades. They have been continuously refined for different treatments. And they have become smaller and smaller, while their area of use has become ever larger: most of today's lasers are not bulky and rigid anymore, but can be flexibly used. They have also found their places in many ORs and doctor's offices. Learn in our Topic of the Month how surgical lasers make work easier for physicians and how patients benefit from this.
Not all lasers are the same – especially in the surgical field, it all depends on what’s inside: the different operational wavelengths of laser light also affect human tissue in different ways. This is why a single laser for a variety of applications drastically simplifies the job of physicians.
Precision work is absolutely essential in eye surgery since the surgical site is very minute and sensitive. This is why eye surgeons have been using lasers for years. Femtosecond lasers are especially well suited to serve this purpose because they are able to cut tissue with great precision and little energy, which prevents unwanted side effects of surgery.
Advanced bile duct tumors cannot always be removed surgically. Then, patients receive chemotherapy and a stent that corrects the narrowing of the bile duct that is caused by the tumor. Another, local therapy option is tested at the University Hospital Frankfurt: laser light is used to transport drugs into the tumor during photochemical internalization.