Essay on Lasers in Surgery

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Lasers in Surgery

Abstract: The laser is gaining increasing popularity in the medical field because of its broad application, efficiency, and improvement in overall ease of the procedures in which it is used.. The laser can treat an enormous range of ailments. The chronic nighttime snorer can give those around him relief by a simple procedure with the laser. In dermatology, the laser can be used for removing moles, tattoos, birthmarks, treating wrinkles, and possibly destroying skin cancer. The once dreaded trips to the dentist may become less painful since the laser is helping to replace the drill and Novocain. The laser also is becoming increasingly popular in orthopedics for treating shoulder, knee, and back
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Laser usage is becoming increasingly varied and diverse.

Laser surgery can be used to help stop the noise of a person who habitually snores when sleeping. Many times snoring is related to the physical obstruction of breathing during sleep. When the muscles of the palate, the uvula (membrane which hangs down in the middle of the soft palate), and the tonsils relax during sleep, they vibrate and cause loud noises. If snoring is the result of obstructive breathing and not something like a cold or allergic rhinitis, laser surgery can help eliminate it. Snoring is a serious problem when individuals have periods of time with completely obstructed breathing which is called sleep apnea. It can be fatal if the individuals do not breathe for over 20 seconds. Also, the lower oxygen levels present cause the person to have a lighter level of sleep so when they wake up, they are not thoroughly rested and may have the tendency to easily fall asleep.

During Laser-Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), the procedure to eliminate snoring, a doctor removes the excess tissue of the palate and uvula. Therefore, the blockage of air going in and out of the throat is minimized, causing fewer vibrations and less noise. The procedure is performed in three ten minute visits to the doctor under local anesthesia. Generally,

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