The Use of LASER and its Further Development in Varying Aspects of Surgery

DJ Jordan1, P Mafi2, *, R Mafi3, M Malahias4, A El Gawad1
1 Department of Plastic Surgery, Whiston Hospital, Liverpool, UK
2 Barts and The London NHS Trust, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, UK
3 Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
4 Department of Plastic Surgery, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK

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This review aims to introduce lasers to the novice. The topic of lasers is vast and complex, but we aim to give enough information for the reader to understand how lasers are designed, how they were created, as well as a summary of their current use in medicine.

Keywords: Laser, Surgery, Medicine, Optical maser.