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SwiftLase: a new tool for laser-assisted uvula-palatoplasty and tonsil cryptolysis in the office
Author(s): Michael Slatkine; E. Zair; Y. P. Krespi; John R. Coleman; Yves-Victor Kamami
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Paper Abstract

The `SwiftLase' CO2 laser flash-scanner technology for char-free ablation of tissue combined with a dedicated oral pharyngeal handpiece and a 30 W power CO2 laser provide an ideal tool for the performance of staged laser assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) and tonsil cryptolysis in the office. LAUP is virtually painless and enables the treatment of non apneic snoring problems in three to five 10 minute office sessions under local anesthesia. The addition of flexible CO2 laser fiber delivery systems extends the use of the office CO2 laser to nasal cavity procedures such as turbinate shrinking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2128, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184930
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Slatkine, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (Israel)
E. Zair, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (Israel)
Y. P. Krespi, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital (United States)
John R. Coleman, Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Yves-Victor Kamami, Marie Louise Clinic (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2128:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV
R. Rox Anderson; R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

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