1318 NM Lung Laser

WHAT IS 1318NM LUNG LASER?

LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is a highly powerful and exceedingly precise energy beam. 1318nm is a special wavelength of laser which is specifically suited to the biophysical characteristics of lung tissue.

Lung is made up of millions of air sacs surrounded by very tiny blood vessels. Any cut, also called an incision, on lung cuts through the air sacs and blood vessels. The result is immediate generation of froth consisting of blood and air. Air gushing out of lung causes its immediate collapse. Surgeons have struggled for centuries to avoid and control air leaks from the cut lung tissue. Though several ways have been suggested, final answer was eluding modern medicine till 1318nm laser was discovered.

1318nm laser cuts through the lung and at the same time seals air sacs and blood vessels that it cuts. It empowers thoracic surgeons to remove any number of metastatic nodules from one or both lungs without worrying about bleeding or air leaks. In addition, the laser is so precise that one can remove only that much lung tissue as absolutely required and not an iota more. No wonder, lung laser is called lung tissue saving tool.

Saving of lung tissue translates into multiple advantages. Firstly, patient’s capacity to breath after the operation remains minimally disturbed. Secondly, one can aim at more aggressive resection of cancer nodules as physiological harm to the patient is not much. Thirdly, cancer can be removed from both lungs, one after the other keeping a gap of 3 to 4 weeks of recovery period. Fourthly, lung, at the end of operation, is left as good as it was before the procedure, the operation can be repeated if necessary at a later date.

No technique or technology, today at our disposal, could achieve this feat as elegantly as 1318nm does. This is truly a dream revolution in thoracic surgery. Patients considered as “inoperable” can now be given new life.

 

HISTORY OF LAPM AND THE PRESENT WORLD SCENARIO

Rolle and his colleagues first published the virtues of 1318nm wavelength laser for operations on lung in 1988. They had noted excellent cutting and coagulation abilities of this laser. They took eight long years for animal studies on the subject before declaring it safe for human use. From 1996 till today, more 2000 patients, flocking from all continents to Dr. Rolle'''s centre in Germany, have undergone LAPM successfully.

In addition to 80 centres in Germany, the operation is also available in Russia, France, Austria, Poland, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. Royal Brompton Hospital, London acquired U.K.’s first 1318nm diode laser in June, 2010. The first such facility in Asia was made available at SAL Hospital, Ahmadabad, India on 6th April, 2011.

   
   
THE FIRST SURGERY INPROGRESS, 6TH APRIL, 2011 PATIENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY
   
FIRST SUCCESSFUL LAPM IN ASIA CARRIED OUT BY US AT SAL HOSPITAL, AHMEDABAD

 

 

 

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