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Cartilage reshaping under nonablative laser radiation: research and clinical applications in ENT
Author(s): Emil N. Sobol; Yuriy M. Ovchinnikov; Valeriy M. Svistushkin; Victor N. Bagratashvili; Alexander P. Sviridov; Alexander I. Omelchenko; Natalia N. Vorobjeva; Anatoliy B. Shekhter
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Paper Abstract

We developed a new surgical procedure to correct cartilaginous deformities of the nasal septum using transmucosal laser irradiation without the need for sedation or traditional septoplasty techniques in particular the creation of mucoperichondrial flaps. Since 1988, at the Sechenov Medical Academy of Moscow, 150 patients have underwent laser septal cartilage reshaping using a Holmium:YAG laser. Minimal re-relaxation of shaped septa was observed. Rhinomanometric findings confirmed subjective assessments of improved breathing and relief of nasal obstruction. Laser septoplasty involves photothermal non-destructive heating of the septal cartilage allowing plastic deformation of this tissue. It is performed in an outpatient setting requiring only about ten minutes to complete without the need for sedation or splints. No visible undesirable side effects were observed for all patients underwent to laser reshaping procedure. It is shown that the laser reshaping is a simple bloodless, painless procedure. Potential applications in aesthetic, reconstructive, and pediatric head and neck surgery are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4609, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XII, (17 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.441098
Show Author Affiliations
Emil N. Sobol
Yuriy M. Ovchinnikov
Valeriy M. Svistushkin
Victor N. Bagratashvili
Alexander P. Sviridov
Alexander I. Omelchenko
Natalia N. Vorobjeva
Anatoliy B. Shekhter


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4609:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XII
Lawrence S. Bass; Abraham Katzir; Eugene A. Trowers; Timothy A. Woodward; Werner T.W. de Riese; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; George M. Peavy; Michael D. Lucroy; Lawrence S. Bass; Nikiforos Kollias; Kenton W. Gregory; Udayan K. Shah; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; David S. Robinson; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lawrence S. Bass; Werner T.W. de Riese; Kenton W. Gregory; Abraham Katzir; Nikiforos Kollias; Michael D. Lucroy; Reza S. Malek; George M. Peavy; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; David S. Robinson; Udayan K. Shah; Lloyd P. Tate; Eugene A. Trowers; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Timothy A. Woodward, Editor(s)

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