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Current status of radio-frequency technology in the treatment of head and neck disease
Author(s): Richard L. Goode
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Paper Abstract

Radio-frequency energy has been used in surgery since the 1920’s, primarily to control bleeding by coagulating blood vessels. While still its major use, other applications have developed. The newer applications in the head and neck area are: 1) Tissue contraction: Creation of a controlled lesion by a needle electrode inserted into tissue, such as the soft palate or tongue, results in later contraction of the tissue. The size of the lesion is controlled by monitoring tissue temperature and impedance and the energy in joules. Contraction of the soft palate and tongue provides improvement in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea while contraction of the nasal turbinates produces improvement in nasal breathing. 2) Destruction of nerves: Radio-frequency ablation of sensory nerves has been used for years to control pain, particularly facial pain. The technique has recently been used on motor nerves to eliminate facial wrinkles. 3) Tightening of skin and soft tissue and surface ablation: RF energy delivered by a monopolar or bipolar electrode can tighten skin or destroy surface tissue on the skin and inside the mouth and nose.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4609, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XII, (17 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.444366
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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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