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Applying the laser beam for reconstruction of the upper airway
Author(s): Andrzej Kukwa M.D.; Marek P. Tulibacki M.D.; Piotr Wojtowicz; Katarzyna Dudziec; Iwona Oledzka
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Paper Abstract

The authors present their own experience in restoration of the upper airway using a different source of high power laser. There are many patients with a stricture of the upper airway. One of the most common cause insufficiency of this is nosal polyps. Surgical treatment of polyps till now is not sufficiently effective. For this reason we work out a Nd:YAG laser applying technique that let us to reduce a hospitalization time with elongation of an asymptotic period of our patients. Nd:YAG energy we apply for conchoplasty benefiting of its profound coagulation as a distinctive role. This type of laser is very useful in removing of granulation tissue from different areas of the upper airway. Other applications of Nd:YAG laser in our hands is very useful for: coagulation of vessels in Kisselbach area, especially in Rendou-Osler's diseases, resection of the nosal Septo-turbinate adhesions, treatment of hemangiomas and small papillomas in nasal cavity, diminishing of the hypertrophied mucosa in the nasopharyngeal space as well as, reduction of the uvula and soft palate in OSAS patients. In our department we use a Nd:YAG for treatment of precancerous and early stages of cancer and for a palliation procedures in an advanced cancer infiltration in mouth, pharynx and laryngeal region. For treatment removing of cicatrix tissue in a larynx and trachea we use to use a Holm: YAG laser their very superficial penetration of tissues is used for a coagulation of small vessels too let us to resect it without bleeding from a bony and mucosa tissue, as a fragments maxillary sinus wall, nosal septum crest or spine with resection of the posterior pole of a turbinate. Both laser are conveyed by fiberoptic, to reach a pathological changes in many plans, places for this reason we are able to continuously work on a new its applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2000
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 4238, Laser Technology VI: Applications, (2 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405957
Show Author Affiliations
Andrzej Kukwa M.D., Warsaw Medical Academy (Poland)
Marek P. Tulibacki M.D., Warsaw Medical Academy (Poland)
Piotr Wojtowicz, Warsaw Medical Academy (Poland)
Katarzyna Dudziec, Warsaw Medical Academy (Poland)
Iwona Oledzka, Warsaw Medical Academy (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4238:
Laser Technology VI: Applications
Wieslaw L. Wolinski; Zdzislaw Jankiewicz, Editor(s)

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