In Hank Hogan's article "Surgical Lasers Make the Cut" at photonics.com, Amir Lichter, Vice President of global R&D at Lumenis, spoke of the need to cut the cost and size of laser-based surgery systems and also cited the need to combine lasers with radio frequency and other energy sources.
According to the article, Lichter explained that "[combining lasers with RF and other energy sources] will allow each energy source to offer its own unique capabilities. For instance, lasers can cauterize a blood vessel opened up during a procedure and physicians particularly appreciate that capability".
Lichter also went further in describing future trends to include integration of a laser into the OR and connecting it with the patient database. The article quoted Lichter as saying “Just imagine if a doctor can see an image of an internal organ with extreme magnification and target his laser device exactly to the point he wishes to hit. Not only this — a doctor may even be able to see the results in real time and change the parameters of the treatment accordingly...”