Holmium YAG laser-assisted osteotomies in plastic and reconstructive surgery: A preliminary report

Rex Moulton-Barrett, Adam Rubinstein, Roy Cone, Seth Thaller

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Abstract

An Omnipulse holmium-yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser was used to assist in the harvesting of outer table or split calvarial bone grafts in cadaver skulls. Two- or 4-mm depth and 0.55-mm width holes in the outer cortex of cadaveric calvarium were formed without apparent gross periosteal or bony injury. Osteotomes were then used to shave or split calvarial grafts by connecting the 2- and 4-mm depth holes, respectively. The procedure was efficient as well as precise. We believe that this method of bone graft harvesting may have the added benefit of safety by decreasing the incidence of inadvertent dural penetration. This study will lead to further analysis of the potential use for additional bony work with the Omnipulse holmium-YAG laser.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1997

Keywords

  • Bone graft harvesting
  • Holmium-YAG laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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