The laser scalpel is a small, hand-held cutting tool used by doctors. It usually has the same thin, curved handle and short edge as bladed scalpels because of the efficiency of the ancient design. However, a few different versions may be found, depending on a doctor's preference. A light durasteel casing is used to keep the laser from eroding the tool while still keeping production costs low.
Most operations are done by medical droids with specialized equipment, but the scalpel is still the most popular tool when doctors work with life-preserving cybernetics. Every doctor has one, if only to install cybernetic parts. The laser scalpel is still used for other operations as well, but as medical droids have become more efficient at everyday medicine the laser scalpel has fallen in popularity.