Autofluorescence guided welding of heart tissue by laser pulse bursts at 1550 nm


Wound healing and other surgical technologies traditionally solved by suturing and stapling have recently been enhanced by the application of laser tissue welding. The usage of high energy laser radiation to anastomose tissues eliminates a foreign body reaction, reduces scar formation, and allows for the creation of watertight closure. In the current work, we show that an ultrafast pulsed fibre laser beam with 183 µJ·cm−2 energy fluence at 1550 nm provides successful welding of dissected chicken heart walls with the tensile strength of 1.03±0.12 kg·cm−2 equal to that of native tissue. The welding process was monitored employing fluorescence spectroscopy that detects the biochemical composition of tissues. We believe that fluorescence spectroscopy guided laser tissue welding is a promising approach for decreasing wound healing times and the avoiding risks of postoperative complications.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School > Translational Medicine Research Group (TMRG)
Additional Information: © 2020 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biotechnology,Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Publication ISSN: 2156-7085
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-10-09
Accepted Date: 2020-10-06
Authors: Litvinova, Karina (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1110-8589)
Chernysheva, Maria
Stegemann, Berthold (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2841-8022)
Leyva-Leon, Francisco



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