Innovative Medical Laser Enhancing the Surgical and Patient Experience
The Value of Understanding the Science
The first law of photochemistry state the biologic effects of laser-tissue interaction can only transpire in the presence of a photo-receptor molecule or chromophore – a molecule capable of absorbing the photonic energy being emited. Generally speaking, the greater the absorption, the greater the interaction, and in the case of biologic soft tissue, the 980nm high absorption diode medical laser selectively targets water, as water comprises more than 70% of soft tissue.
Higher water absorption means more efficient and effective ablation of the prostate, hence treatment times are dramatically reduced compared to alternative wavelengths. Shorter treatment time means less collateral thermal effect on surrounding healthy tissue leading to faster recovery and less post-operative discomfort. Finally, safety is paramount as higher absorption in the target means less penetration and more control at the fiber-tissue interface, eliminating the concern of inadvertent interaction with the surrounding healthy tissue.
With high absorption in both water and hemoglobin, this wavelength is optimized for performance resulting in optimal tissue ablation, durable coagulation, and enhanced visibility.
A practical alternative, these 200 watt 980nm diode surgical lasers are manufactured in an energy efficient, compact, and portable footprint which runs on standard 110V electricity. The Pathfinder can also be multi-discipline, and cost-effective laser alternative for multiple surgical procedures and the unit can be easily transported between physical locations.
Using industry standard connections, the laser can be used with lateral/side fire fibers to minimize the learning curve transitioning from other laser platforms and contact fibers mimicking traditional TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate) surgical techniques.
 Karu, T. Ten Lectures on Basic Science of Laser Phototherapy, Grangesberg, Sweden; Prima Books AB:2007.
An Enhanced Surgical Experience
- Fast ablation rates (including fibrous tissue)
- Short treatment times
- Durable coagulation and excellent visibility
- No requirement for blood transfusions
- Excellent for patients on blood thinners
- Minimal penetration depth avoids un-intentional firing into the bladder
- High performance lateral fire and contact fibers
An Enhanced Patient Experience
- Faster procedure and quicker recovery
- Less post-operative considerations
- No requirement for hospital visit or post-op stay
- In-office procedure option vs. hospital operating room
- Option of local vs. general anesthetic
- Ideal for patients on blood thinners
- No impact on sexual performance or continence in most cases