Lasers, Microwaves, and Orthopaedic Surgery: Electromagnetic Devices for the Modern Surgeon

Robert C. Schenck, Jr, MD


Medscape Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine eJourn. 2001;5(4) 

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Much interest has been generated recently surrounding the use of electromagnetic energy to shrink tissues noninvasively with either percutaneous or arthroscopically assisted techniques. Electromagnetic technology has been applied to arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder (capsular shrinkage) and the knee (medial patellofemoral and cruciate ligaments), and to noninvasive surgery of the lumbar disc.

Henry H. Sherk, MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Robert W. Jackson, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; George Thabit, MD, Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medical Associates, Menlo Park, California; and Thomas C. Vangsness, Jr, MD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, described the current state of knowledge and the application of electromagnetic devices to the musculoskeletal system at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association.[1]