05754573 is referenced by 14 patents and cites 21 patents.

An apparatus and method is disclosed for treating vascular lesions. In the preferred embodiment, an intracavity, frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser is used to generate output pulses having a duration of 0.5 to 10.0 milliseconds. This laser output is used to irradiate the lesions. The laser energy is absorbed in the blood of the vein, causing it to coagulate and collapse. The long pulse duration helps to minimize bleeding while controlling thermal damage to surrounding tissue.

Title
Method and apparatus for treating vascular lesions
Application Number
355512
Publication Number
5754573
Application Date
July 9, 1996
Publication Date
May 19, 1998
Inventor
Gerald M Mitchell
Tucson
AZ, US
George Marcellino
Los Gatos
CA, US
R Rox Anderson
Lexington
MA, US
J Michael Yarborough
Tucson
AZ, US
Agent
Limbach & Limbach L
Assignee
Coherent
CA, US
IPC
A61N 5/06
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