Thirty-four tibial nerves in 17 adult male wistar rats were repaired by applying protein bands longitudinally across the nerve join. The bands were then irradiated with a fibre-coupled diode laser (λ = 810 nm). The relations among the laser weld breaking force, the power, and the solder surface area were investigated, while maintaining a consistent ratio between the total mass of protein solder in a band and total laser energy delivered (the laser energy dose). When this laser energy dose was held constant, the average breaking force of the laser welds irradiated by 72 mW laser output power was weaker than that reached after 90 mW laser radiation. There is a linear relation between the solder breaking force and the solder surface area when band thickness, laser power, and laser dose are unvaried.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|