Clinical applications of lasers in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery

Robert H. Ossoff, Jack A. Coleman, Mark S. Courey, James A. Duncavage, Jay A. Werkhaven, Lou Reinisch

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The use of lasers in Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery is described from the invention of the laser in 1960, through the current uses of the laser, and concludes with a summary for the future directions of laser surgery. The various lasers, including the argon, the KTP, and the carbon dioxide lasers used in otolaryngology, are briefly described. The applications of lasers in the larynx, sinuses, and the ear are separately covered, as well as pediatric Otolaryngology. In addition to a brief description of the procedure, the complications and limitations are given. Anesthetic considerations are also covered. © 1994 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-248
Number of pages32
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical applications
  • complications
  • future use
  • laser surgery


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