Laser/Light Applications in Otolaryngology

  • Vanessa S. Rothholtz
  • Brian J. F. Wong


Historically, in otolaryngology, the laser was used like a scalpel or cautery to incise, cauterize, and coagulate tissue in a precise fashion. Contemporary laser use in the head, neck, and upper airway now focus upon treating for a wide range of clinical applications. By selecting the correct laser wavelength and selecting appropriate dosimetry parameters, surgeons can control both the temporal and spatial evolution of heat within the target site, creating different tissue effects depending upon the desired clinical outcome. Light is variably absorbed and scattered as it propagates through tissue, and the distribution of light in tissue determines the nature of the specific interaction.1 As in dermatology, the selection of the appropriate laser in head and neck applications is critically important. The selection of a specific device and mode of delivery are just as important as wavelength and dosimetry.


Facial Nerve Vocal Cord Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Carbon Dioxide Laser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery and The Beckman Laser InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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