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Laser surgery: overview

Contributor(s): Safia Barakzai

Introduction

  • Lasers were first used in small animals in the 1970s and in the horse in the early 1980s.
  • CO2 lasers were the first type used, particularly for skin incisions, but transendoscopical treatment of upper respiratory tract problems through the use of neodymium yttrium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has received increased interest in the last 10 years.
  • Diode lasers are becoming more popular for transendoscopic laser surgery as they are relatively inexpensive and are generally small and portable   Laser surgery: diode laser unit  .
  • CO2 lasers are currently being developed for transendoscopic use.

The basics of laser function

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Types of laser

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Laser safety

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Application of lasers

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Complications

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMedpublished during the last 12 months.


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