A laser-induced pulsed water jet for layer-selective submucosal dissection of the esophagus

Toru Nakano, C. Sato, M. Yamada, A. Nakagawa, H. Yamamoto, F. Fujishima, T. Tominaga, S. Satomi, N. Ohuchi

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Background and aims: Conventional water jet devices have been used for injecting fluid to lift up lesions during endoscopic submucosal dissection or endoscopic mucosal resection procedures. However, these devices cannot dissect the submucosal layer effectively. Here we aim to elucidate the dissection capability of a laser-induced pulsed water jet and to clarify the mechanism of dissection with layer selectivity. Materials (Subjects) and methods: Pulsed water jets were ejected from a stainless nozzle by accelerating saline using the energy of a pulsed holmium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. The impact force (strength) of the jet was evaluated using a force meter. Injection of the pulsed jet into the submucosal layer was documented by high-speed imaging. The physical properties of the swine esophagus were evaluated by measuring the breaking strength. Submucosal dissection of the swine esophagus was performed and the resection bed was evaluated histologically. Results: Submucosal dissection of the esophagus was accomplished at an impact force of 1.11-1.47 N/pulse (laser energy: 1.1-1.5 J/pulse; standoff distance: 60 mm). Histological specimens showed clear dissection at the submucosal layer without thermal injury. The mean static breaking strength of the submucosa (0.11 ± 0.04 MPa) was significantly lower than that of the mucosa (1.32 ± 0.18 MPa), and propria muscle (1.45 ± 0.16 MPa). Conclusions: The pulsed water jet device showed potential for achieving selective submucosal dissection. It could achieve mucosal, submucosal, and muscle layer selectivity owing to the varied breaking strengths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalLaser Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • Esophagus
  • Holmium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser
  • Pulsed water jet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering


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