Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Carbon Dioxide lasers are being used at the maternity clinics at the unviersity hospitals in Lubeck and Mainz in West Germany to help childless couples. The laser is used to open up blocked Fallopian tubes, clearing the way from the ovaries to the uterus. The sensitive tube tissue is only 4 mm thick, and conventional surgery is both costly and by no means sure to succeed. The specially designed carbon dioxide laser is a much faster worker and immediately puts paid, by means of radiation, to any bleeding during the operation.
Laser surgeons are condifent they can deal with blockages, or growths affecting the Fallopian tubes, but they have so far limited to laboratory animals experiments in surgery in the immediate vicinity of the womb. The laser is fast and simple to use, they say but must be beamed wutg absolute accuracy.