Lasers in laryngeal surgery

Publication date: Available online 8 November 2019Source: Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryAuthor(s): Ashley P. O'Connell FersterThe use of lasers in laryngology has evolved over the last several decades. With improving optics, instrumentation, and applications for treatment, lasers are now routinely used during laryngeal surgery performed in both the operating room and clinic settings. A variety of laser types, including carbon dioxide (CO2), potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP), and pulsed-dye lasers, are used to treat an array of benign laryngeal lesions. Otolaryngologists can now consider the use of lasers to treat benign vocal fold lesions including vocal fold polyps, varices/ectasias, scar, granulomas, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, Reinke's edema, and nodules, among others. Knowledge of available lasers and common uses aids in providing the most appropriate treatment for a variety of benign laryngeal lesions.
Source: Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

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