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Office laser delivery systems for the treatment of hypertrophic turbinates
Author(s): Y. P. Krespi; Michael Slatkine
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Paper Abstract

We present two different methods to treat hypertrophic turbinates in an office environment: (a) with the aid of 1 mm thin hollow waveguides transmitting a CO2 laser beam to produce char-free ablation of turbinate mucosa, and (b) with the aid of a 800 micron thin optical fiber transmitting low power Nd:YAG laser radiation to interstitially coagulate and shrink submucosal tissue. Char-free ablation of mucusal tissue: An office CO2 laser regularly used for LAUP in the treatment of snoring problems is operated in the Superpulse mode (peak power 350 W) at 8 W average power. The optical beam is coupled to angled and straight hollow waveguides. Ablation of inferior turbinates is performed within a few minutes under topical or local anesthesia. No post operative packing is required and the patient can return to normal activities. Healing is fast due to the highly controlled superficial thermal damage. Interstitial coagulation of inferior turbinates: Submucosal coagulation of tissue is attained with a flat 800 (mu) fiber longitudinally pushed and pulled while operating an Nd:YAG laser at 8 W power level. A 4 - 6 mm thin coagulated and shrunken volume of cylindrical shape is being produced with no damage to bones or mucosa. The procedure is fast and performed under local anesthesia. An analysis of both surgical techniques and clinical results with over 100 patients will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2395, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209116
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Y. P. Krespi, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital (United States)
Michael Slatkine, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2395:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V
R. Rox Anderson; Graham M. Watson; Rudolf W. Steiner; Douglas E. Johnson; Stanley M. Shapshay; Michail M. Pankratov; George S. Abela; Lawrence S. Bass; John V. White; Rodney A. White; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; C. Thomas Vangsness, Editor(s)

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